The Buisness Traveller

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A unique group of travellers as their travel plans can be extremely last minute, or they can be asked to relocate for extended periods of time. Travel is often to major cities, however some travellers may be sent to remote areas. Dueto the nature of travel, the business travelers will face different health risks than leisure travelers. The business traveller does not need the added stress of worrying about their health while away.

CDC recommends seeing a travel health professional 4–6 weeks before a trip; if you don’t have that much time, even a last-minute visit can be useful. Some vaccines can be given on shortened schedules and may offer partial protection, even if you don’t have time for all the doses. You can also talk to your health care provider about health risks at your destination and what you can do to stay healthy  (not all diseases can be prevented with vaccines).

Employers should ensure their employees safety is the number one priority. In regards to business travel this should include protective and preventative vaccines, malaria medications, anti-diarrheal prescriptions as well as safe transportation methods.

The Nova Travel Health and Immunization Clinic will review the traveller’s itinerary and relevant health risks. Medications/Prescriptions and Immunization will be discussed to keep you safe while abroad.

Preparation is key for any traveller, business travellers should also be aware of local customs, consider some of the following:

A good show of respect and consideration is to greet your business contact in their own language. Try google translate (http://translate.google.com/#)

There are different ways to accept or distribute business cards in different countries. In China, Japan and Hong Kong you’re expected to use both hands; In the Middle East you are only to use your right hand as your left is considered to be unsanitary.

If you are bringing a gift for your business host, make sure the type of gift is culturally appropriate; this includes the colour of the wrapping paper.

Business Women: Business protocol

“In India, men don’t generally shake hands with women. They will greet you by placing the palms of their hands together and bowing slightly.” -Her own way : Foreign Affairs Canada

In certain parts of the world women are not seen in the business world; their role is “at home”. It is important to understand the local customs of your destinations prior to arrival to ensure proper business protocol.

Check local business wear for women. Pant suits are not appropriate in all countries. Always dress modestly and wear light makeup. Wear comfortable shoes as you may be expected to stand for long periods of time.

What to wear, where? http://www.journeywoman.com/ccc/default.html

You should ensure that the meeting place is not set in your hotel room but instead in the lobby of your hotel. If you will be eating with your business contact, ensure you know how to politely decline food as to not offend your host.

In many countries women do not hold key corporate positions. Printing your business cards in English and then on the other side in the language of the country you are visiting will resolve any issues of misunderstanding due to the position you hold in your company.