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Taking Your Team On The Road: Do’s And Don’ts

Executives like to travel by themselves. But at some point, you may need to take your team on the road. And when that happens, you want to be prepared. 

But what should you be doing if employees are coming with you to far-flung destinations? Let’s take a look. In this post, we explore some do’s and don’ts so you can keep trips fun and avoid negative fallout that affects your business. 

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Do Set Goals

There’s a temptation among employees to treat business travel as fun. Getting out of the office automatically feels like a vacation for many workers. Therefore, you’ll want to set goals on business trips. While they might be a bit more laid back than a conventional workday, they should still have some sort of structure. Setting goals takes time and planning, so ensure it’s something you do in advance. Team members should understand precisely what you expect from them during the trip. 

Don’t Make It Up As You Go Along

Related to this last point, you’ll want to avoid making it up as you go along. Trying to feel your way to a solution and productive activities can cause stress and frustration.  Always start with an itinerary or schedule you want to stick with. Then, plod through it methodically, ensuring you tick off everything you want to do in the process.  Make sure there’s someone on your team who’s responsible for time-tabling. Ensure everyone has activities they can pursue during quiet times or when things aren’t quite as busy. 

Do Embrace New Experiences

While on the road, also ensure you and your team embrace new experiences. Traveling makes new experiences possible and gets employees out of comfortable routines.  If you’re worried about the impact of this on your workers, change management training is something that might help. Getting employees used to the idea that in business things are always in flux can help them adapt to situations and move forward. 

Don’t Overwork Your Team

Even though you’re setting goals for team travel on the road, you don’t want to overwork them. Getting from point A to B is a difficult and energy-draining task in itself. Nobody wants to do an eight-hour shift after a ten-hour flight. It’s just not how the body works.  Try to get around five to six hours of productive work out of your team every day while you’re away. Ensure they focus on the most important aspects, whether that’s selling, training, or taking notes at conferences. 

Do Get Your Team Excited About Travel

You also want to get your team excited about business travel. The more they feel pumped about the opportunity, the more likely they are to take advantage of it.  You can get your team excited by promising luxurious accommodation or opportunities for career development. You can also tailor trips to reflect their needs and preferences. 

Don’t Micromanage

Finally, you’ll want to avoid micromanaging while traveling with your team. Instead, give your employees the scope to experiment and sometimes make mistakes.