Dos and Don’ts for travelling with colleagues

17 August  |  Listicles

Is travelling an integral part of your job profile and does this need you to team up with your colleagues and spend time away from home? You may share a great rapport with the team but travelling with office colleagues opens up a unique set of dynamics. You cannot exclude the fact that your primary aim of the trip is to finish a specific task that is official and not to enjoy yourself (well, a little bit of fun won’t harm). However, the key lies in being mindful of the boundaries between personal life and work and ensure you don’t lose sight of them. While travelling with coworkers, follow the below mentioned informal rules and you are assured of balancing work and life perfectly.

  1. Maintain Balance

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We often confuse a work trip for a holiday since our colleagues are friends whom we spend a major part of our day with. Make sure you avoid saying or doing anything on a trip, which you wouldn’t say or do back at the office. By maintaining professional boundaries, the relationship is further enhanced as mutual respect grows. Don’t get too personal and end up sharing or asking uncomfortable details or questions that would make your colleague squirm in his/her seat. Imagine how awkward it would become for both concerned individuals once you get back to the office. Surely an outdoor trip is the best time to get to know each other in a better manner, but overdoing it could ruin an otherwise perfect relationship.

  1. Together yet independent

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An official trip is the best time to know more about your work partners as the setting is informal and this helps to break the ice. Having said this, you should never hover around your colleagues continuously as this could get monotonous and boring after a while. It is important to give your colleagues space and probably grab some exclusive time for yourself when there is an opportunity. Eating, drinking, working and travelling together can get slightly tiresome so it is best to back off for a while and regroup later.

  1. Be a sport

While we all know that a working trip entails meetings, discussions, phone calls and conference calls with the family, don’t always be on the phone. Someone who is constantly stuck to the phone or other devices does come across as uninterested in socialising and that’s certainly not the kind of image you would want your coworkers to carry back home. Work is a preference but when a colleague notices you making an effort to make time for him or her, you earn a lot of brownie points for sure.

Always be a good sport and volunteer for tasks. Do not wait until the last moment to reluctantly put your hand up as it would then become evident that you are being forced. Do take charge and responsibility of a few itinerary related tasks and help manage the logistics and travel schedule well in advance. Share responsibilities, look after your colleague when needed, and make the trip a positive experience for yourself and the team.

 

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