Employees who travel together for their company – to trade shows, conferences, meetings, sales visits, support call, or for any other work-related purposes – can be especially vulnerable to sexual harassment. The change of venue from the everyday office to a restaurant or car or hotel out-of-state or away from the workplace can be especially difficult.
If you are travelling with coworkers for business purposes, keep the following recommendation in mind. Additionally, if you have employees travelling with other coworkers, take the opportunity to relay this information prior to their travels.
- Meet your fellow employees in the lobby, not at the bar or in their hotel rooms.
- For meals, consider the atmosphere of the restaurant. The hotel sandwich shop is better than the romantic French bistro.
- Be aware of alcohol intake. Don’t let it change your behavior.
- Talk about work or impersonal topics. Don’t let the conversation drift to personal issues, especially dating, divorce, or past, present, or future romantic relationships.