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10 TIPS FOR
INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS
TRAVELLERS
9. Visit the local
Bradken operation
It is always a good idea to
incorporate a trip to the local
Bradken facility into your
itinerary if possible. It is a
great opportunity to meet
new members of the group
or those whom you have only
communicated with over the
phone or via email, and to find
out what they are good at and
what you have in common.
10. Read the Bradken
Travel Policies
and Procedures
Following the Company travel
policies and procedures
will ensure that your trip
complies with all necessary
requirements and that you are
aware of your responsibilities
as a Bradken business
traveller. These documents
cover matters relating
to travel expenses, risk
assessment and insurance.
6. Consider technology
requirements
If you are travelling with a
laptop or other electronic
devices, ensure you have
access to the correct
power adaptors to suit
your equipment.
7. Consult with
colleagues
Find out if someone else has
travelled to your destination
recently. Prior intelligence
can save a lot of heartache
when considering which
hotels to book and where
to eat for example.
8. Dress conservatively
When considering your
selection of business attire, be
mindful of cultural customs.
This is particularly important
for female travellers (however
imbalanced this may seem) as
in some cultures wearing high
heels or short sleeved blouses
is considered inappropriate.
Also refrain from wearing
expensive jewellery or even
expensive-looking jewellery, as
you may be targeted by thieves.
4. Wear comfortable
clothing when
travelling
Being comfortable on long
flights is key. Slip-on shoes
are a good idea when
passing through security
points as soles often contain
metal. For the same reason
it’s also advisable to leave
any body piercings at
home (if you have any!).
5. Drink plenty
of water
You can easily suffer from
dehydration on airplanes,
especially on long flights.
Humidity in the cabin is
usually very low. Our comfort
zone is around 50% -
humidity in the cabin can fall
as low as 1% on long flights.
Drinking plenty of water will
prevent dehydration and
help with dry eyes and skin.
1. Familiarise yourself
with international
business etiquette
One of the challenges in
dealing with and conducting
business in foreign countries
is the richness and diversity
of the various cultures and
the ways each has of doing
business. For example,
business etiquette in China
dictates that one should:
present and receive business
cards with both hands,
gesture with an open palm
rather than pointing with
the index finger, and refrain
from personal contact unless
initiated by your Chinese host.
2. Consider the
‘jetlag’ factor
Most international business
trips are over before one has
adjusted to the local time
zone, so operating tired is
something to get used to. It
is advisable to snatch an hour
or two of sleep whenever
you get the opportunity.
3. Research your
destination
In many cases, Bradken
travellers journey beyond the
larger cities and into some
remote and inhospitable
places. Before setting
out it is wise to check the
relevant travel advisory
authorities for any warnings
for your destination and
take measures to limit your
exposure to unpleasant
or unfavourable situations.
Medical precautions
such as vaccinations and
general health assessments
are often necessary.
With Bradken’s continued growth and the expansion of our geographical
footprint into the world’s major markets, international travel has nowmore
than ever become a staple for our sales force and management teams. Here
is some useful advice for those yet to add a foreign stamp to their passport.
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