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A work trip can be stressful enough, but going on a business trip with your boss can add extra pressure. While you might be nervous about spending so much time working directly with your boss, a trip will become an excellent networking opportunity.
National Boss’s Day is an annual holiday on October 16th, created for employees to show appreciation to their bosses. In preparation for #BossDay, here are four tips for surviving a business trip with your boss.
Resist being late.
The last thing that you want to do while on a work trip with your boss is to show poor habits. Do not make your boss have to wait on you. Whether it’s showing up to the airport or getting ready to go to the client in the morning, you want to ensure that you are on time and prepared for the day.
Do not show up without a plan.
Know the itinerary, and know what your responsibilities are on the trip. If you do not have a formalized itinerary, create a draft of where you need to be so that your boss will know that you are organized and prepared. If you are unclear about what your role on the trip will be, don’t be afraid to ask and clarify your tasks ahead of time.
Forgo going to bed early.
While work trips with your boss can be stressful, they are also the perfect opportunity for networking. In consulting, we may work with teams in other offices, and we may not get to work together face to face as frequently. Even if you do have the opportunity to work with your boss on the daily basis, work trips give you the chance to get to know your boss more personally. Go to dinner with your boss if you can, and consider staying for at least one drink. However, do not feel pressured to stay out too late. Take advantage of the chance to network, but also be responsible.
Avoid showing up without food options.
This may not apply if you are traveling to a conference with food options, or traveling specifically for client meetings over lunch. However, if you are on a business trip with your boss, it is likely that you will eat together and will need to find a place to go. Your boss may not have lunch preferences in mind – while traveling with your boss, look-up a few food options ahead of time. This will make your trip smoother, and you don’t have to waste time looking up where to go.
Having a successful work trip with your boss
Business trips with your manager are also a great opportunity to learn. You may pick up a few skills on how to communicate more effectively with clients, or be able to get business travel tips from your boss’s stories on the road. Best of all, take advantage of the free trip – your boss will know how to make the most of the experience.
What other tips do you have for surviving a work trip with your boss? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.