Traveling for work is a great way to break up the monotony of your workplace routine. Business travels are also ideal occasions for learning more about your fellow coworkers and to build stronger friendships with them. However, while you may be accustomed to the relaxed routine of traveling with coworkers, traveling with your boss can be an entirely different experience. Here are four fatal mistakes to avoid.
It’s natural to feel a little nervous regarding a business trip with your boss. However, you mustn’t allow your nerves to cause you to talk too much or adopt other annoying habits. Few things are worse than being stuck with a coworker in a car or airplane who won’t stop talking or who is constantly sending and receiving text messages. Keep your annoying habits in check while traveling with your boss to secure your slot on future business trips.
Drinking too Much
Relaxing after conferences or client meetings with a tall beer or glass of wine is perfectly acceptable in most situations while traveling for business. However, what isn’t acceptable is having one too many drinks while out with your boss during business trips. Drinking too much in the company of your manager will, at best, dub you as immature and, at worst, will categorize you as a lush.
Even if your boss is drinking in excess, keep your consumption to a minimum. This will prevent you from being in the wrong and will also help you avoid doing or saying something you’ll regret the next day. If your boss does drink too much, don’t mention anything about it the following day, even in a joking manner.
Don’t assume you can order the most expensive menu item and charge the bill to the company’s tab or make other assumptions while traveling with your boss. Assumptions are typically what lead employees into hot water so it’s typically best to stick with company policy and take important cues from your manager.
If you’ll be traveling by car with your boss, periodically offer to drive. Even if the manager clearly wants to drive, the common courtesy of asking will help to avoid misunderstandings.
Changing your Work Habits
Typically, the best way to avoid major mistakes during business travels with your boss is to maintain your standard work habits even while outside of the office. From arriving to client meetings on time to maintaining high standards of dress, a professional attitude will keep you in a positive light and should qualify you for future business travels.
Traveling for work doesn’t exempt you from following certain workplace policies, especially while traveling with your boss. To avoid major mistakes and serious consequences, always maintain a professional attitude while traveling for work and take important cues from your boss regarding how to properly act.
Author Bio: Shayla Ebsen is a full-time freelance writer and graphic designer with more than seven years combined experience from her time in the corporate world and through her freelance work. Shayla’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in News/Editorial Journalism from South Dakota State University and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Communication from the University of South Dakota. Learn more about Shayla and her services at shaylaebsen.com.