Advice for traveling with coworkers

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:03:38 PM

As frequent road warriors know, business travel with a coworker can sometimes be more nerve-wracking than the prospect of having to impress an important client. Traveling with colleagues whom you enjoy can be fun, but it's important to follow a few unspoken rules.

Business trips are a great opportunity to get to know your coworkers a little better, so feel free to chat about topics that are normally reserved for after-business hours. However, there's no need to insist that you sit together on the plane or share a hotel room.

You can also eliminate potential stressors by staying ahead of the game throughout the trip. make sure you both have access to the schedule so you are aware of what's happening and can maintain control. Map your route to the hotel and meeting locations beforehand, and time everything out to eliminate any potential issues.

Business travel doesn't have to be all work and no play, but if you're meeting your coworker for after-meeting drinks at the hotel bar. Make sure to stay in control of the situation and keep your guard up. It's OK to share personal anecdotes, but keep it appropriate. Remember: You'll be seeing them again when you get back to the office on Monday.

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