Temporary assignments in other cities are not always solo projects. As a matter of fact, these types of projects are often intended to be handled as teams. As a result, you and a few coworkers may be expected to travel, work, and live together in a corporate housing unit for several weeks on end, according to business guru Brian Ferdinand in a recently released article. This experience can be an excellent way for you to become more acquainted with your colleagues. However, it can also be a negative experience if you’re not careful. Here’s a rundown on a couple of ways to ensure a fun and happy experience when sharing short-term lodging with coworkers.
Avoid Sharing Too Much
In the recent article, Brian Ferdinand, the managing partner of SoBeNY and its parent company, CorpHousing Group, explains thatsome corporate housing units provide sufficient space for several people to stay together. However, while you’re sharing your space, try to avoid sharing too much about yourself.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to avoid getting too personal while engaging in discussions with coworkers. After all, you’ll have to go back and work alongside the same people you spill the beans to during a lapse of judgment while on your trip. So, avoid mentioning anything that may embarrass you down the road. Likewise, don’t share anything with your peers that might make working with them awkward later.
Take It Easy
Yes, you’re on a work trip. But that doesn’t mean you have to adopt the mentality of “all work and no play.” Lighten up so that you don’t get accused of being “the dull employee,” always tied up in his or her work.
For example, take some time to fully explore the city you’re visiting. This can be eye opening and enjoyable. At the same time, it can be an excellent camaraderie-building experience for your team.
Also, if you do sense any tension among team members, step away. Also, don’t allow any negative feelings to fester, as they will eventually come out—in a not-so-good way. Instead, if a team members appears to be agitated, ask this person how you can help to eliminate his or her animosity. Alternatively, you may simply want to step back and give this individual space.
All in all, try to exercise good judgment and be intuitive when interacting with your colleagues in your corporate housing unit. This will help you all to avoid many uncomfortable situations both during and following your trip.