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Define the Term Extensive Travel in a Job Description
An effective job posting should include pertinent information from your job description, so ensure there are sufficient details about business travel. When you're posting a job, if it contains sufficient details, it's easier for applicants to respond and you won't risk handing a candidate the job description during the interview and suddenly discovering that he wants to limit his business travel. With so many companies expanding into nationwide and global markets, it's in your best interest to be specific about the amount of travel time you expect employees to commit.
Many job postings and job descriptions indicate the amount of time an employee can expect to spend traveling for business. If you haven't incorporated a description of travel expectations in your job posting, include the details based on what the incumbent or previous employee encountered. Define the overall amount of travel in percentage ranges. Many companies ask applicants to select whether they can handle zero travel, five to 15 percent, 20 to 40 percent, 50 percent, 60 to 75 percent or 75 to 90 percent travel.
Applicants looking for opportunities to telecommute need to know whether travel is required because they might be seeking a job that allows telecommuting based on their family obligations. For example, you can't say a position is 100 percent telecommuting if it requires the employee to travel to weekly appointments with clients. In this case, indicate the employee will work from home but that he will be expected to spend 25 percent of his time traveling. Travel for a telecommuting position may vary, but 50 percent of the employee's time might be considered extensive.
Extensive travel can be domestic or international. Some applicants may prefer a job that doesn't require international travel or you may find other applicants who actually want a job that allows them to circle the globe. Indicate whether the travel is within the U.S. or international and the percentage for each. If the international travel involves going to parts of the world where the employee may encounter danger, state it clearly in your job description. Also, if your company offers additional pay for overseas travel to dangerous locales, include that in your description.
Define the time employees are expected to spend on location -- they want to know whether they will be sleeping in a hotel three nights every week or for a two-week stretch, so include details about the average length of business trips. Extensive travel could mean employees spend one full week on-site or several weeks working at the customer's site. It's not unusual for some consultants and professional services providers to travel to customers for on-site work that can last for weeks or months.
Explain whether business travel is by air or if you expect the employee to drive long distances. If you require employees to use their own cars, include your reimbursement rate for mileage and wear and tear. Likewise, be clear if you provide a company car, because that may change an applicant's mind if he doesn't want to use his personal vehicle. Extensive travel could mean spending hours on the road or long flights across country.
- HR.BLR.com: Business/Travel Expenses
- Business News Daily: Great Jobs for Travelers
- Business Insider: 8 Mistakes Rookie Business Travelers Make
- U.S. General Services Administration: Official Travel Basics
- Zurich in North America: Managing the Risks of Business Travel: What Every Business Needs to Know
Ruth Mayhew has been writing since the mid-1980s, and she has been an HR subject matter expert since 1995. Her work appears in "The Multi-Generational Workforce in the Health Care Industry," and she has been cited in numerous publications, including journals and textbooks that focus on human resources management practices. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ruth resides in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.