Travel experience is a benefit for employers

A new white paper highlights the benefits of travel and volunteering experience for employers

Travel experience is a benefit for employers

A white paper released this month by Brighton-based volunteer travel company i-to-i and with contribution from SiteVisibility, City & Guilds, Just Giving and other organisations has highlighted the benefits for businesses of hiring employees with volunteer travel experience.

Working closely with the HR departments of a wide range of businesses, as well as educational institutions and volunteers, the research found that 80% of volunteer travellers had increased their confidence, 79% had increased their independence and 62% had gained a more positive energy.  It is clear that travel broadens the mind in every sense, developing life experience and skills which are transferable to a variety of employment situations.

These skills can enable employees to adapt easily to challenges and achieve success in the workplace, enhancing job satisfaction and overall happiness.  With the cost of replacing a employee so high, the benefits of a happy workforce are clear.

40% of volunteer travellers said that they had enhanced communication, decision making and team building skills following their experience, while 30% said they had increased their leadership, organisational and foreign language skills, all highly valuable traits for businesses.

Jason Woodford, Chief Executive at SiteVisibility, said; "Soft skills developed through volunteering are invaluable for employees within a business.  Skills like confidence, interpersonal communication and leadership are what make employees stand-out and we would very much encourage them to be honed through volunteer travel."

Claire Biddle, Business Development Manager at i-to-i, said, "By hiring candidates who have developed soft skills through volunteer travel, employers can benefit from a better-rounded and fulfilled work force who can adapt easily to challenges in the workplace."

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