As foreign secretary William Hague runs in to difficulties after sharing hotel rooms with a young male aide, cost-conscious employers may be revaluating the pros and cons of allowing staff to ‘double-up’ on work trips.
Employers who are happy to let staff share, however, should not make any rash decisions on this matter – especially in these cash strapped times.
Assuming there are no inappropriate rumours flying around, sharing rooms can be advantageous, as the EB team has discovered over the years.
(And, no its not what naughty readers might think. It has been all very professional and above board we assure you).
On more than one occasion down the years a member of the team has been grateful for a ‘roomie’ providing protection from the amorous attentions of a client knocking on their hotel room door late at night declaring that more than a professional working relationship “makes sense”.
While on one trip a young female reporter with unruly hair was only too grateful that the male colleague she was sharing with turned out to be a talented stylist and offered to straighten her hair each morning.
And given the savings we make, the EB team feels it only justifiable to increase the bar tab on work trips to compensate.
So a winning formula all round.
But when it comes to politicians’ expenses, it seems, they can never win.