A fam­ily ‘biz­ca­tion’

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COM­BIN­ING busi­ness travel with a mini fam­ily hol­i­day is the new trend emerg­ing among work­ers over­seas for them to gain work/life bal­ance, a sur­vey re­veals.

The re­search, for Atlanta Busi­ness News, finds 67 per cent of fre­quent busi­ness trav­ellers in the US of­ten, or some­times, com­bine busi­ness and leisure by tak­ing their chil­dren and/or part­ners with them on a busi­ness trip.

Many of the trips, la­belled ‘‘biz­ca­tions’’, oc­cur in sum­mer, when many in­dus­try con­fer­ences are held in the US.

Biz­ca­tions can re­quire only a lit­tle ex­tra plan­ning to ex­tend ac­com­mo­da­tion book­ings for ex­tra days and for the ex­tra flights of ac­com­pa­ny­ing part­ners and chil­dren to be paid for and or­gan­ised.

Ex­tra peo­ple stay in ac­com­mo­da­tion al­ready paid for by the com­pany for the busi­ness trip or, be­cause the book­ing al­ready has been made, staying the ex­tra nights is ob­tained cheaper through pack­age deals. One sur­vey re­spon­dent says ex­tend­ing busi­ness trips through a week­end al­lows her teenage daugh­ter to join her and be able to visit cities across the coun­try.

She says her flight and ho­tel room are paid for by the com­pany while the out-of-pocket ex­pense is lim­ited to her daugh­ter’s flight and food.

An­other ex­tended a trip by a week­end and took her chil­dren to Dis­ney­land and her only ex­tra cost was the price of the theme park tick­ets. Work­ers are warned, how­ever, that it is not ap­pro­pri­ate to have biz­ca­tion for all busi­ness trips, es­pe­cially those which re­quire af­ter-hours work.

Work­ers also are urged to be cau­tious and in­ves­ti­gate the op­tion with their em­ployer first, as many com­pa­nies would not con­done a biz­ca­tion be­cause of the dis­trac­tion it can pro­vide.

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