Is it appropriate to attend a strip club after hours during a business trip? My employer and/or our client has paid my travel and lodging expenses however I also feel what I do after work is my own business.
The Workplace Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for members of the workforce navigating the professional setting. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
What you do outside of your working hours is up to you.
It doesn't matter what or how you do it. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that you have an obligation to arrive appropriately at work in the morning. Having that been said, I would also advise against having an escort inside your lodging over the night. Your lodging could also be considered your working environment. You know, mentioning this just in case.
No, you're on a Business Trip after hours or not, in terms of clients etc,. seeing you, you are representing your company. If something was to happen at that club, a drug bust or anything else, word would eventually get out that you were there. Bad enough in your own locale, but much worse if clients and rivals hear about it.
My policy is to treat the whole trip as a time to be on my best behaviour.
Imagine someone took a picture of you putting money in a gyrating strippers panties, and then imagine them thinking it would be funny to put it on social media captioned "Isn't this the chap we met from XYX Company!", and then imagine how funny your mum, boss, girlfriend, coworkers etc,. would find it.
It would be wise to discreetly clarify exactly what the expectations are of you on this trip and what time is truly "your own", eg:
whether the client is providing any hospitality you would be expected to attend, or would be rude to decline,
whether there is preparatory work that you would be expected to do in your hotel
It should go without saying that it would be highly unwise to do anything out of hours that might jeopardise you behaving professionally the following day, including strangers having access to your room (and therefore company property), and that you keep business and personal expenses strictly separate.
Under the conditions that:
I couldn't think of any reason why it should not be OK.