How to traveling with your boss?
Traveling for business can be stressful.
You already have enough to worry about without having to adapt to working outside of the office.
You’ll be spending a lot more time than usual with your coworkers, which can lead to some awkward situations.
The most awkward situation will most likely be your off-the-job relationship with your boss.
It’s a difficult social landscape to navigate, and it’s not always clear how you should handle certain situations. Creating an etiquette code for yourself ahead of time will keep most surprises at bay.
1. Have a Financial Strategy
Talking about money can lead to awkward situations. Before you leave, find out how the company will cover your travel expenses.
Keep your company credit card handy and be aware of when you should use it. Make sure you bring enough credit cards and cash to cover your personal expenses, and that you understand what constitutes personal versus business expenses.
The company may cover more than you think, and you must ensure that you understand the budget.
2. Mimic When in Doubt
If you’re ever unsure what to do, it’s a good idea to play follow the leader. If your boss is okay with relaxing at certain times, you should be able to do the same.
Although no one will be as strict as they are in the office, there is still an unspoken code of conduct to follow. Be prepared to rearrange things according to your boss’s schedule.
3. Put on a Successful Outfit
Traveling for work with your boss is not a vacation. Your boss isn’t going to go around in cargo shorts and a tank top, and neither should you.
Pack in business casual attire. Street clothes are inappropriate in almost every situation outside of the office. It’s fine to dress comfortably, but there’s a distinction to be made between comfortable and leisure clothing.
4. Be Wary of Alcohol
You are welcome to have a glass of wine with your dinner. If your boss does not agree, you may want to drink that wine in private.
Most bosses will tolerate a beer at a business dinner, but limit yourself to one. Your boss will probably understand if you have a beer or a cocktail to relax after a long business day, but he or she will be much less understanding if you get drunk in a business setting.
5. Get Ready to Be Independent
Everyone will want to get away from each other, and having that space will make the journey easier. You shouldn’t expect to eat every meal and run every errand together.
Everyone will be left to fend for themselves at times, and you should enjoy the peace and quiet.
6. Understand Your Responsibilities For
During a business trip, everyone will have their own role to play. Responsibilities are delegated to avoid putting the burden of everything on one person’s shoulders.
Some things you’ll be responsible for as a group (such as meal reservations) and others you’ll have to arrange for yourself (such as getting a rental car). Arriving unprepared leaves a negative impression.
If you have any questions, ask them before you book your flight. Your boss would rather answer questions than assist you in correcting a mistake.
This trip could be used by your boss to evaluate your performance in a variety of situations. If you perform as well away from home as you do at home, this may improve his or her opinion of you as an employee.
If you want a bright future with your company, make sure you’re always on your best behavior while on business trips or traveling with your boss.