If you’re like a lot of people, your job involves a lot more than punching the clock at an office, doing work for eight hours then punching out and heading home. More and more jobs are demanding travel from workers. “The world is a global marketplace” and all of those other truisms have forced many workers to do their jobs from remote locations. Needless to say, this can wreak havoc on relationships. Whether it’s a spouse, a child or just a good friend, being on the road for extended periods of time can put a strain on your relationships.
Fortunately, as the modern workplace has been changing, technology has been keeping up. It’s now possible to share pictures, videos, and messages with your loved ones from the other side of the globe, shortening the distance our affections have to travel. Between this technology and good old-fashioned face-to-face communication, it is possible to make relationships in spite of business travel.
The most important thing in maintaining relationships – especially with spouses – is understanding. Both sides need to understand that travel is an important part of the job.
If both sides understand and have agreed on this game plan, that will set the foundation for a smooth relationship, no matter how much time is spent on the road or in the air.
When you are reunited, it is important to spend quality time together. This doesn’t mean you have to go out on the town to the most fancy restaurants and the best shows. It means you need to time in which you can communicate and enjoy each other’s company. Whether that means eating dinner in your pajamas and watching primetime television or getting dressed up and hitting the town, do something together that will allow each of you to focus on each other.
When you are on the road, regular phone calls and text messages are crucial. Applications like Facetime and G-Chat even allow you to have face-to-face conversations from the other side of the world. Simple reminders that you’re on each other’s minds can keep the passion from icing over. The spouse who is on the road should never make the mistake of thinking they’re the only one doing work. Although they might be bringing home the money, the spouse at home is managing the entire household – normally a two-person job – by themselves. Both sides should show appreciation for the sacrifices that the other side is making.
Being on the road for extended periods of time doesn’t have to be the kiss of death for a relationship. The separation can even make the ties of affection stronger.