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Rooming with a female co-worker during business trip

Updated on April 14, 2011

As companies try to cut back on costs, workers are sometimes expected to share a room. If you're sell-employed, you may want to share a room to help cut your own costs. I shared a room several limes with female co-workers- even my boss—to help cut costs. By observing a few common courtesies, the experience does not have to be painful. It helps if you can choose your roommate– look for someone with similar habits, such as being an early riser and who keep her desk neat. Even if you don't, have a choice in the matter, here an, a few things you might want to keep in mind:

• Discuss what time you want to turn out the lights mid if you need separate wake-up calls. If you are the first one awake, rise quietly and go to the shower or leave the room to exercise. Don't just switch on the TV or lights.

• Find out about your roommate's preferences: Does she shower at night or in the morning? Does she have a bed preference? Is she a TV watcher?

• Communicate your preferences and idiosyncrasies, as well. Let her know that you're on early or late riser and that you might leave the room to exercise in the morning. (Once, I left to exercise before 6:30 a.m. I had showered and dressed in the health club, thinking it was a treat for her to have the bathroom and room to herself in the morning, but she was in a panic because I was missing. A little preview of our schedules would have helped.)

• Don't hog the shower, bathroom shelf space, or the closet. I put all my toiletries into a hanging bag so that they don't take up the shell space, and I use only half of the hangers in the closet, putting the rest of my things in the drawers.

• Bring eye-shades or ear plugs if you're bothered by light and noise.

• Keep the room neat, and don't leave the bathroom a mess or littered with dirty clothes.

• Be sure to take phone messages professionally, as you would at the office.

• Don't spend all your time with your roommate. Give her some personal time.

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