5 reasons to consider using an offsite venue
With working from home still fresh in our minds, you might ask what the benefits are to hosting your meeting offsite when being back at the office is still somewhat of a novelty. We've compiled our top 5 reasons to consider using an offsite venue.
1. Being offsite improves productivity and focus
You know the story...if employees are in their familiar environments, it's too easy to fall into old habits. Team members can all too easily pop back to their desks for that forgotten item (which turns into a 15min delay as they inevitably get caught up in something else), people are late, there are interruptions a-plenty by other colleagues, the list goes on.
By choosing a distraction free location (read: offsite) you can ensure the team is focused and productive, meaning you get the best out of them - well worth that room hire fee.
2. After months of working from home, there's nothing like some face-to-face networking time.
We've all become super familiar with how technology has allowed us to work almost anywhere. We can communicate regularly, quickly, and inexpensively through email and videoconferencing but we still think there's no substitute for meeting in person.
It's easy to overlook how important sitting in the same room as your team is. You're able to pick up on non-verbal cues that can be easily missed over the phone or via video chat. The hand gestures, facial expressions - especially by the members of the group who don't have the floor - and other nuances allow members to better relate to one another - improving morale and creating a more functional team.
3. Offsite meetings add a sense of importance
Letting your team know that your taking the meeting offsite breaks with the norm and let's your team know you mean business.
They'll likely come better prepared and more ready to engage than if you just book that same old meeting room.
You never know, something as simple as a change in location could yield some unexpected, and impressive, results.
4. Meeting offsite encourages creativity
The benefits in taking meetings offsite is especially important when you're making strategic decisions or want to promote brainstorming.
When you hold meetings of this nature in rooms your team has sat in time and time again, people tend to take the same seat and stare out the same window. By moving your meeting to an offsite location, you lift some of these barriers that stifle creativity and focus.
Offsite venues also enable employees to break out of their office personality and relate to one another in different ways, which can generate meaningful, creative ideas.
Taking a meeting offsite allows you to consider adding some team building activities to the schedule. Team building activities promote the creation of more informal relationships and will help your team bond and form lasting connections that they'll take back to the office with them.
And if the activities you choose have a physical element or require additional space (not something the average office space can accommodate), the Ellerslie Event Centre has you covered. We have extensive grounds that can be used for any number of challenges and activities. Space is not an issue!