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Just Chillin'

What to do when the workday ends, but you can't go home

One of the most awkward moments on a business trip is when the workday ends and you're standing there with an employee who accompanied you, wondering "What now?" It can be even more uncomfortable with an employee of the opposite sex, says Larry Julian, author of God is My CEO (Adams Media Corp.) and a business consultant in Plymouth, Minnesota.

"Ask yourself if [an activity is] appropriate- not just from your own perspective, but from the employee's." Some activities-like inviting an employee of the opposite sex to your suite for a nightcap-clearly cross the line, but Julian says employees may object to other scenarios that may not seem like a big deal to you.

To avoid compromising situations, communication is key. "Understand what you expect from each other," Julian says. He suggests finding a neutral territory, where neither of you will feel uncomfortable. "For example, you could go to a ball game, which is neutral and fun," he says.

Just use common sense . "If your intentions are good and you're sensitive to those around you," Julian says, "everything will be all right."

Tourist Trappings

When you think of Orlando, Florida , you probably think "vacation." But Orlando's downtown is undergoing a remarkable renaissance, boosted by the region's strong convention business.


1 in 10
Americans were born outside the United States.

Where to stay: Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge offers accommodations that let you get close to exotic wildlife and your next meeting.

Don't miss: A VIP tour of Universal Studios for you and your employees takes you to the best rides and lets you cut to the front of the line.


Christopher Elliott is a writer and commentator and the editor of http://www.elliott.org .

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Christopher Elliott is an Orlando, Fla., writer and independent producer who specializes in technology, travel and mobile computing. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and online. You can find out more about him on his website or sign up for his free weekly newsletter.

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This article was originally published in the September 2001 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Just Chillin'.

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