Must follow do’s and don’ts of traveling with your boss

Must follow do’s and don’ts of traveling with your boss              

A business trip with the boss could either make your career or ensure that you never land a decent job in your life again. Since travelling with the boss is an inevitable part of the job if you really want to move on up in your job, you should arm yourself with a few key do’s and don’ts beforehand.

Do’s:

1. Clarify your role on the trip

When your boss asks you to go on a business trip with them, you need to ask them immediately about what your role in the trip would be, what your responsibilities would be, should you be the one handling logistics and what the boss needs you to do through the trip.

2. double check everything

The old ‘dog ate my homework’ excuse would not cut it on a business trip and your boss will never forget how you forgot the projector cables or the important file you needed on that trip!

3. Give your best

Giving your best performance on a business trip without upstaging the boss could be tricky. But you can also do your best to assist the boss give their best. Do your research well, prepare for all kinds of scenarios on the trip and always have a plan B and C ready. This will make them think of you as indispensable which is a very good thing indeed.

4. Eat and drink in moderation

If your boss doesn’t seem to notice its meal time, quietly order a snack and a coffee. Also, don’t stuff your face in front of the boss or have more than one drink per hour when accompanying them.

5. Put on a united front

You may have a different personality and tastes than your boss but when you are representing your company together, it’s better to follow the boss’ lead. Even if you have disagreements, put them forth to the boss quietly and privately.

Don’ts:

1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If, during the trip, you have a question or don’t know what you should do about a problem, just ask the boss instead of wasting time trying to think of what to do.

2. Stay away from social media sites

Logging onto social networking sites is a big no-no during business trips. It may make you look very unprofessional.

3. Take notes on your tablet or smartphone

Use a good old fashioned paper pad and pen to take notes instead of your blackberry or tablet as it might give your boss the impression that you are loafing when you’re organizing the notes later.

4. Be too bold in your dressing

Unless your boss has asked you to a business trip to serve as arm candy, don’t be too bold in your dressing. A sharp business suit, a conservative hairdo and sensible shoes are all you need.

5. Talk too much

Sitting close to the boss on the plane and in cabs might prompt you to talk about your personal life to them. That’s fine if the boss has initiated it. Otherwise, your verbal diarrhea could cost you dearly later on.

 

Dr Prem Jagyasi and Team

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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