Tips For Traveling With Coworkers
Work travel can sometimes be fun and it can sometimes be tedious. Sometimes when you travel for work you don’t have the luxury of going alone and need to also learn to deal with your teammates on the trip. Not all coworkers get along, but when you’re on a business trip together you need to get along. In and out of the meetings.
If you’re lucky, you do get along with your coworkers, or they are at least tolerable. No matter, you still want to make the entire trip go smoothly, and here are some things that can help.
Pick The Right Travel Planner
Since this is a business tip it’s likely that your employer did the trip scheduling, unless you are the boss. Then you want to make sure that you are using the right travel planner. Rather than picking a company that is more likely to be planning trips for romance, you want to find a travel planner that knows how to book business travel trips, and knows what it take to book successful group travel excursions.
Communicate With Your Coworkers
Whether you like them or not, it’s important to keep the communication lines open between you and your co workers, both before and during travel. Coordinate on times you will meet ahead of important meetings to ensure everyone is on the same page. We may be spending time together writing reports and presentations before meetings, and you want to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Have A Schedule In Place
If your trip doesn’t come with an itinerary, you may be wise to come up with one that you and your travel partners can share and use. This will ensure that you meet on time ahead of the important meetings, and that you know when it’s safe to take a nap or have a meal on your own. It’s pretty likely you won’t have much time for sightseeing when you’re traveling for business purposes, but if your itinerary says you have some free time, why not use it?
Know Each Other’s Contact Info
When you do have time apart you want to make sure you can be in constant contact with one another. You never know what kind of emergency could come up while on a trip to another state or even another country. If you get lost, or are running late, you need to be able to contact your other team members and let them know what is going on. Make sure each of you has the other’s phone number saved in your cell phones, and the number of the hotel you are staying at, as well as the numbers of the clients you have meetings with.