As last we mentioned, you need to make sure that you have your boss’s buy in for your spending time attending industry events. Here are a few more things you can do to help ensure you have her full support:
Plan for your absence
Once you are committed to attend an industry event that occurs during the workday, ensure that you plan for your absence. Often, your boss will feel less angst if she knows that pending work is being completed while you are away. Delegate key tasks to your subordinates, and ask a peer to act as a “point-person” for your team in your absence. This ensures that the work you are responsible for gets done. By identifying a peer to act as your point-person during your absence, you also reduce the risk of drowning in a flood of email and phone calls from subordinates, clients, and bosses.
Deliver on your plan
In order to ensure that you can attend future events during the workday, you must deliver on your plan. Nothing will shoot down a future request to attend an industry event during the workday faster than the memory of a debacle that occurred during your last absence. Assuming that your plan worked, ensure your boss is aware that your team rose to the occasion.
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