Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Road Warrior and a Healthy Lifestyle

Meet Mr. Joe Travelalot. He is a road warrior. Works for a company in the Travel Transportation domain. Mr. Travelalot’s job takes him places far and wide. Sometimes within the domestic US and sometimes to destinations as exotic as Malta, Cape Town, Argentina.  The benefits of travelling to such places is not lost to Joe. It is one of the best parts about his job. However, along with the benefits of seeing new places, come the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while away from home turf.

In the past few years, there has been an increase in the importance of exercise and nutrition. Due to the rising percentage of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart attack to name a couple, people all over the world are making an effort to gear towards working out on a regular basis and home cooked meals or raw fruits and vegetables. The significance of a well-conditioned lifestyle is not lost to a constant traveler.
The road warrior, more than most people, has to discipline himself even in Argentina (or wherever his work takes him) to find a way to mirror at least to some extent his exercise and food habits. So what are some of the effective exercises that one can implement on the go? And what can one eat so that the waistline stays intact (pun intended!)

Here are two exercises that are simple but 10-15 minutes of these are sure to pack a punch. The quintessential push-up.  This is a very effective exercise that works the upper body and the abs like no other. The form is simple. Space required very little. Best part, can be done anywhere, anytime. If you are in great shape, try a burpee. I specially love this exercise for the challenge it poses even in its simple design. It works the entire body and gets a sweat going within the first few reps.
Steps to do a Burpee: 1) Keep feet shoulder-width apart. Now, lower body into a squatting position, placing hands on the floor in front of you. 2) Kick your feet back so that you are in push-up position. Keep your hands firmly on the ground to support your body. 3) Lower your chest to do a push-up. Bring your chest back up.  4) Kick your feet back to their original position. Stand up, and then jump into the air while clapping your arms overhead. 5) Repeat.

Chew on this: Regardless of your exercise routine at home or away, it’s what you eat that makes or breaks the deal. Aim for the less processed foods on the menu when with a client for dinner or lunch. Try to eat fewer processed carbohydrates, look for steamed or sautéed vegetables, stick to leaner meats. And voila! You can be rest assured that your body will thank you for it later.

RTS’s own road warriors share their tips on what works for them: Raja Kasilingam suggests:  Avoid alcohol; eat protein bar and vitamins; stick to meals that are vegetarian and/or include  fish to the extent possible. Mukundh Parthasarathy agrees with the minimal or no alcohol policy. In addition, Mukundh hits the hotel gym at the first chance he gets and adds an extra 30 minutes to help him sleep better the first night.

There are many ways that a road warrior can attempt to maintain his health. The key point is consistency and discipline. One can find several valuable tools and tips on the internet and there are blogs dedicated to fitness and nutrition for consistent travelers. Here are a few (please note that RTS does not endorse these):


Are you a road warrior with tips on health and nutrition? What has been one of your favorite cities that has been conducive to a healthy lifestyle? We would love to hear your thoughts. Leave us a comment!

Charmi Ramchandani

Account Manager

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Recruiting reinvented

“Recruitment”, “Staffing”, “Candidate sourcing”, "Headhunting" are just some of the popular terms that explain what a person whose job it is to match a job seeker with an appropriate position. There was a time when the “Recruiter” picked up the phone and made a cold call to a potential employer in the hopes of finding appropriate placement for the candidate and making a commission in the process. I recall my days of opening up the yellow pages and scanning down the companies listed and calling tirelessly till I got a lukewarm “maybe I’ll see your candidate next week”. Even then, there was a 100% chance of the meeting never happening – either the employer cancelling or the candidate being a “no show”.  Recruiters back then had to have the most positive outlook to handle the innumerable “NO”s before landing on a “YES”. Talk about personifying optimism! Still, I believe this tireless exercise built character and a thick skin and created some wonderful sales people.

The past few years have now changed the look of recruiting. It is no longer just plain old cold calling. In fact, no employer wants to hear a pre-written, impersonal script and more often than not, neither does a recruiting professional want to narrate it like a robot.  With LinkedIn and the other social media tools, the emphasis is more on relationship building at any level of positions. Be it executive level placement or technical level recruiting  or even seasonal staffing, a seasoned recruiter now has to step up his/her game to create relationships built on trust with employers. An employer (company) is more willing to engage with a recruiter or headhunter if there is an element of sincere interest and mutual trust in helping the employer and his company achieve its long term goals. A systematic strategy presented by the head hunter that reflects timely implementation and cost efficiencies is more likely to receive long term acceptance. I believe this is even more important with more and more companies outsourcing a lot of their jobs overseas. The reliance on a trust worthy professional who will hire candidates as if it were his/her own company is gaining a new level of significance in the travel and transportation vertical.

In keeping with the relationship building idea, we at Revenue Technology Services, seek to create an environment where a client is comfortable trusting us to provide decision support  solutions covering the areas of revenue management, pricing and scheduling as well as IT Services strategies to achieve their long term goals of profitability and cost efficiencies. We strive to network with our clients over social networking sites such as LinkedIn and attending trade shows as well as hosting our annual summit, with the understanding that relationships take time to develop and dedication to maintain. The one mantra that is never compromised upon is that our client’s success is our success.

As always, we love to hear your feedback and suggestions on our blog. Please feel free to leave us a comment!

Charmi Ramchandani

Account Manager