What you must know if you are a frequent business woman traveler
Just how many globally mobile employees are female is open to question. What is generally acknowledged, however, is how effective women are on international assignments.
Diverse cultures and norms require preparation and awareness. Security issues vary around the world, but general care precautions and local knowledge are useful wherever you are.
Here are a few tips for women travelers:
-Be aware of the local laws and customs. Get a sense of any history that affects interactions with different nationalities. Familiarize yourself with the culture as it pertains to gender roles and treatment.
-Attire in line with culture. Adhere, as much as it is appropriate, to local norms and avoid choices like flashy accessories that can attract unwanted attention.
-Check your government’s travel advisories for security alerts and register with your country’s embassy when you arrive. Sign up for any communications that will alert you in the event of an emergency.
-Be aware of your beverages and food, and never take either – or anything ingestible – from a stranger.
-Keep your mobile phone charged as much as possible and carry a portable charger to ensure that you can always make a call.
-Think twice about posting about your accommodation or itinerary on social media. People can track your movements and know when you’ll be out, giving them an opportunity to target your room – or you.
-Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid walking alone at night, and any areas known to be unsafe. Maintain a confident demeanor and keep actions that flag you as a newcomer to a minimum.
-Know the business customs and protocols so you can project a professional image, whatever the best version of that is in the country. For example, learn how hierarchy is perceived, decision making is done, and what is important to local business people in terms of relationship-building and gender expectations.
-Take advantage of any training or services offered by your company’s HR department or Global Mobility team, such as language or cultural programs, security alert messaging, and personal safety training.
By equipping herself with information and support services, a business woman is freer to let her skills shine and enjoy a more effective work experience abroad.
SOURCE: Content Group