First time business travel. Will travel with my manager. Do we have to chat on the flight? Or would it be fine if I just watch my netflix while sitting with him..?

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My manager would make us expense Wi-Fi and work

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It's very unlikely you end up sitting together anyway. Tbh, on my way to a client, I don't work, I sleep or read or whatever not work related, you should be ready to meet your client when you travel, not during your travel, if your manager is working on the way to a client... It's a red flag: he may be late, over tired or just bad at time management. On the flight back home though, I tend to focus on documenting what I have done. I stay offline and document, send email and everything while it's fresh and I am not disturbed by emails and IMs. I have been doing so since I was an associate from the airport bar, the lounge and the plane. Some times it takes me 30 minutes and then I can relax. I have written some of my best papers in the plane on my way back home.
No matter what, if you see your manager working, ask if you can help him rather than watching Netflix next to him, if he tells you to relax do so... At least you asked.

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Depends on what kind of person he is

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Follow his lead. If he works, work, he he read/watches something do your thing

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I'd be crossing my fingers that the airline gives one of you a status upgrade so I don't have to sit next to them and can nap/watch shows lol

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Change your seat assignment on the airline’s app

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Definitely change your seat. No, colleagues usually don't sit together (not in my experience anyway). You might want to nap for a little while and don't want to be drooling on your boss's shoulder. If you do decide to sit next to him, I'd definitely plan to work if he is.

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I’d prefer not to sit next to them 😂

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You’re absolutely allowed to not speak to them and read, sleep, whatever. But sometimes managers will judge that and/or are needy. So do take that into account, unfortunately.

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