Incentive-Charakter

English translation: incentive nature

12:17 Jan 16, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
Bus/Financial
German term or phrase: Incentive-Charakter
this is an excerpt from a corporate travel policy:
"Vorabreisen für Belegschaftsangehörige und Ehepartner im Zusammenhang mit einer vorgesehenen Auslandsentsendung sind auf die kürzestmögliche Dauer festzulegen -- jeweils abhängig von der Entfernung. Es darf keine Verbindung mit Urlaub entstehen, kein touristisches Erscheinungsbild und kein Incentive-Charakter."

I'm not sure what is meant here by incentive character. Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks in advance, Beth
Beth Kantus
United States
Local time: 10:48
English translation:incentive nature
Explanation:
I think the reference here is to 'incentive travel' a euphemism (my cynicism!) for a group of employees, most likely executives going an an all expenses paid trip to some exotic location under the guise of holding a business meeting etc.
The point here is that only bona fide business trips are included here, and they may not have any connection with holidays, be of a touristic kind, or be of an incentive nature.
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Tim Drayton
Cyprus
Local time: 17:48
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Thanks to you both for your help. uel's formulation of the entire passage was also very helpful. Points to the first answer tho, which made the incentive issue clear to me. I had been looking at this project for too long! BTW, in case you're interested, the company I'm working for in this case calls this type of pre-trip a "look-and-see-trip."
Many thanks again!
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incentive nature


Explanation:
I think the reference here is to 'incentive travel' a euphemism (my cynicism!) for a group of employees, most likely executives going an an all expenses paid trip to some exotic location under the guise of holding a business meeting etc.
The point here is that only bona fide business trips are included here, and they may not have any connection with holidays, be of a touristic kind, or be of an incentive nature.

Tim Drayton
Cyprus
Local time: 17:48
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 154
Grading comment
Thanks to you both for your help. uel's formulation of the entire passage was also very helpful. Points to the first answer tho, which made the incentive issue clear to me. I had been looking at this project for too long! BTW, in case you're interested, the company I'm working for in this case calls this type of pre-trip a "look-and-see-trip."
Many thanks again!
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Explanation:
Any appearance that this might be a vacation or an incentive trip is to be avoided. While the employee who will be posted overseas (or wherever) may take a "pre-trip" (presumably to acquaint him/herself with the new locale - maybe go house-hunting), such trips are to be limited to the shortest possible duration, and there must not be any perception that this is a vacation, a sightseeing tour or an incentive for the employee. In other words, strictly business. Does that make sense?

Ulrike Lieder (X)
Local time: 07:48
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 3525
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