Depending on your industry or position within the company you work for, business travel may be a requirement. And if you have a family, either just your spouse or possibly your spouse and some kids, you’ll have to make the decision if you want to take them along with you during certain business trips.
So what’s the best way to make that decision? Meditate on the ideas of security, distraction, financing, communication and time, and even briefly thinking about each of those categories, you should be able to decipher what your best course of action is going to be.
Start With Security
No matter what, you want yourself and your family to be safe while traveling. So this means paying attention to the basics of security. For the corporate traveler, that means using secure wifi connections and good passwords and encryption. And believe it or not, if all the people in your family have mobile devices like phones and tablets, they’re going to want to pay attention to those same issues. Especially if you are using a public internet network, like Wi-Fi in a café or at an airport, you may need to use norton vpn (or other similar services) that can secure your network channel to prevent any important data leaks. If not for corporate value, at least for personal value, particularly for passwords hook into banking or social media accounts.
Can You Work With the Distraction?
If your business trip is primarily to go somewhere to work, then you have to ask yourself the question – “can I do the work I need to with my family there distracting me?” If the answer is ‘no,’ then there’s the end of your internal conversation right there. Now, if you have a space that’s just your own to go to when you need it, that will solve that problem quite easily.
Does It Make Financial Sense?
If you create a budget, and then find out that taking your family on your business trip is going to cost more money than you make by going, that would be another indication that you should probably leave them behind. If you approach it as a vacation, you might be able to bend that rule a little bit, but once again, it’s a matter of approaching it logically.
Are Your Communication Tools Set?
And to ensure that your business is your priority, even when your family is with you, be sure that you have all of your conference communication tools available at all times. These apps being readily available may mean the difference between you having to go solo and being able to take extra folks with you on your journey.
Time Is Of the Essence
If your entire trip, time wise, is taken up with business activities, logically you would leave your family at home. But, if there are swaths of time left to your now devices – those are the trips where you’re more likely to enjoy the extra company you bring with you.