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Mixing Business and Pleasure: Where to Draw the Line with Socializing

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There's an old idiom about combining business and pleasure and whether or not it's the right thing to do.


On the one hand, making work more fun for your employees is probably a good idea if you want to increase employee commitment and engagement. On the other hand, socializing with vendors or customers may be good for business, but there is a fine line between appropriate and inappropriate mixing.


That's why it is important to consider these guidelines when you combine business with pleasure.


IRS Rules on Mixing Business and Pleasure


The IRS is very clear about what they will and won't accept as a tax write off. If you travel on business, you are permitted to deduct travel expenses like air fares, meals, lodging, and incidental expenses, if they are not too lavish or extravagant.


Now for the government's definition, a business trip means you are away from home long enough to be expected to need sleep or rest. That means if you grab a hotel room for the night, it's official. And while you are not prohibited from enjoying non-business activities while on a business trip, the primary reason for the trip must be related to business.


Socializing with Business Associates


First and foremost, you need to remember that above all else your purpose for getting together is business. That doesn't mean not to have fun, it just means that you will have to wake up in the morning and face this client, customer, vendor or coworker again.


Drinking too much – and often acting foolish because of it – is the most frequently cited blunder from people in the know. While it certainly isn't inappropriate to conduct business over dinner or hors d'oeuvres with a Chardonnay or MGD, having a six-pack on an empty stomach would probably be considered a wrong move. And surely there is nothing wrong with a little golf game to seal a business deal.


Whatever atmosphere you choose, the best way to maintain perspective is to keep a cool head. Know what you are doing and saying at all times. You don't want to agree to something, shake hands on a deal or say the wrong thing, and regret it later on.


Adding a Little Pleasure into the Workplace


Sometimes mixing business and pleasure can mean providing a little extra fun for your hardworking team.


Many organizations encourage a feeling of familiarity in an effort to inspire cooperation and high performance. And what better way to do this than through social outings such as a company picnic or holiday party.


However, according to a 2007 article in the Los Angeles Times some businesses are taking it a step further and enjoying mud clubs. ""Spas are becoming the new golf, the new fancy dinner, the new healthy happy hour. They're the luxury bonding experience that's social and, for the most part, socially acceptable.""


So no matter how you choose to mix business and pleasure, it is up to you to know where to draw the line.


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