Traveling with Your Employer

3697316Spring and summer breaks are quickly approaching and this means a lot of families are planning vacations near and far. If your employer has asked you to travel with their family we encourage you to do so. Traveling with your employer can allow you to grow closer with your charges and also give you the opportunity to travel to areas you’ve never been. But before you agree to go, here are a few things to consider:

Talk about the schedule ahead of time. Unless noted otherwise, assume that you are working during the flight or car ride. This is not a time to put on your headphones, catch up on a movie or take a nap. Don’t expect to work your typical schedule when you’re traveling with your employer. If you work a 40 hour week, you may still be working 40 hours, just with a shift in the timing, or you may be asked to work longer hours. Maybe you’ll be working a split-shift and you can explore during the day or maybe one day your employer wants to go out in the evening and you work an earlier shift. Whatever the shift, try to be as accommodating as possible. Your flexibility will go a long way!

Know your accommodations. Will you be sleeping in the same room as the children? Will you have your own room? Let your preferences be known to your employer. If you are sharing space with your employers be mindful of your belongs and keep your area tidy.

Bring your own money. You can expect that your basic needs such as flight, housing and meals will be met by your employer. Any additional snacks and souvenirs will be your responsibility.

Understand your pay. You should be paid for your travel days, in addition to the hours you will be working while away. At a minimum you should expect to be paid your standard hourly, daily or weekly rate. However, some families provide additional compensation, such as an additional flat rate per day.

Know the Dress Code. Although you are likely to have a lot of fun on a trip, you are traveling as an extension of your employer. Make sure that you are a good representation of their family. It should go without saying, but it’s always better to dress conservatively rather than too guess if something is appropriate.