Q: My boss is the senior vice president of public affairs for our company. Because of his position, he and his wife are asked to host numerous evening functions. His wife is heading out of town for a time and will miss some of these functions. Is it appropriate for him to go to them alone? Also, does it matter whether the situation is business attire or a black tie event?
A: It is acceptable and appropriate for your boss to attend business functions without his wife. The formality of the event doesn’t matter. In fact, in many corporate settings, spouses and dates are not invited to evening functions simply to allow more business associates to be included on the guest list.