Since I am, once again, receiving this question with some regularity due to the economic downturn that continues, I want to reiterate my position and solicit the opinions of readers on the issue of requiring employees to share rooms during business travel.
Should employers ask employees to share rooms on business trips? (It's a regularly received question because readers are uncomfortable with the prospect.)
This reader had been asked to attend a four-day conference and room with a fellow employee. The reader was upset and uncomfortable with this request. However, she felt that attending the conference was also important. She was looking for my thoughts on the subject of companies requiring employees to share rooms on business trips. I'm also sure she was seeking reasons to share with her employer about why this is a bad practice.
As with any HR topic, various practitioners have differing views. My normally appreciated AHI Newsletter offered a rather snippy view about employees sharing rooms on business trips with which I completely disagree.
Here's what I believe about whether employees should be asked to share rooms on business trips including conferences, professional meetings, training, on-site work, or sales calls.
Image Copyright Jack Hollingsworth / Getty Images
More About Respecting Employees