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Here’s Why Solo Female Travelers Are Amazing Employees

Here’s Why Solo Female Travelers Are Amazing Employees

If you need to get a job done, there may be no better way to do it than sending your best woman out on the road. And while the solo female traveler, particularly the solo female business traveler, may be less common than their male counterpart, they have some unique skill sets that can help get the job done quickly and effectively when they are out on the road.

1. They won’t go unless it’s really needed.

Do you ever wonder if all of your team’s travel is actually needed or necessary? Well, you can rest easy if you’re sending your best women out on the road alone. Considering the extra safety precautions she’ll have to take into account, alongside the preparation and planning work she’ll do to keep her family in working order while she’s gone, she’s only going to take that trip if it’s absolutely necessary and if it’s going to be more effective than getting work done via phone or email.

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2. They are careful with expenses.

Most women are careful and conscientious when it comes to spending the company’s money and you’re less likely to worry about unapproved expenses, like visits to adult entertainment-themed restaurants, sneaking into those expense reports. Along the same vein, they are more tolerant of layovers or longer plane rides in order to nab cost-effective fares, since they want to make sure they are prudently spending company resources.

3. They won’t travel longer than needed.

Eager to get back home to their friends, family, and daily lives, many women will choose to come home as quickly as possible. That saves the company valuable expense costs for hotel nights and food.

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4. They are focused and will get the job done.

Since business travel is viewed as more of a necessity than a perk by many women (particularly those with families), when they travel, they will focus on being as efficient and effective as possible. That means not only do they only take trips when necessary, but they try to make sure each trip they take is as effective and productive as possible.

5. They will plan and prepare in advance.

When you have to keep your family’s plans going while you’re out on the road, preparation is a natural part of the cycle. That preparation and planning bleeds into how solo female travelers do their jobs, too. It’s unlikely that she’ll show up at a meeting without critical documents or even thought-starters on how to further the business.

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6. They will exercise good judgement.

Solo female travelers are used to taking precautions and making decisions based on safety. They are seasoned at evaluating situations and will not put themselve in unnecessary danger.

7. They will check in with you and keep you updated.

Checking in and keeping teams updated is the normal modus operendi for many great team leaders, and when your best women are out on the road, they still manage to do this — despite the travel.

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8. They won’t draw too much attention to themselves.

It’s easier to spot business travelers than we think, and those working for well-known companies could become targets for thieves or other troublemakers. Solo female travelers are used to blending in as they travel. Calling attention to oneself, especially when travelling alone, isn’t recommended for privacy and safety reasons.

9. They are open to adventure and risk taking.

It takes a certain type to head out on the road by yourself, and it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for a risk taker that will evaluate business opportunities holistically, it’s time to get your best women out on the road!

Featured photo credit: Business Traveller and airport phones / Matthew Hurst via flickr.com

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Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

The Neural Knitwork Project

In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

The knitting and neural connection

The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

More mental health benefits from knitting

Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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“You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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“People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

The dopamine effect on our happiness

Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

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