The average small business doesn't generally have the capital on hand to design a plush, high-tech conference space onsite. As a result, when it's time for a meeting, the break room is the likely destination. Have you considered an off-site meeting? Off-site meetings aren't just for large and elaborate events. Whether it's annual training, a planning meeting or something else, there are a number of advantages to taking your meeting outside the office doors.
Employees perform best when they feel like they are appreciated and that their employer is invested in providing them with the most positive working experience. When employees are granted these qualities, this boosts morale and ultimately enhances productivity. What better way to display your appreciation than to invest in upgraded meeting accommodations? Whether it's the catered lunch, ergonomic chairs, or spacious meeting space, a change of scenery can motivate your team.
An offsite meeting allows your team to focus on the task at hand. With onsite meetings comes a lot of work, including setting up the space and planning the menu. For the planning team, by the time the meeting starts, they are already tired. When an individual is tired, it's harder for them to be focus and be creative. With an offsite meeting, your entire team simply needs to show up as all the hard work will be handled.
Innovation and creativity have a lot to do with a person's surroundings. For some people, being in a familiar space can limit their ability to think of new ideas, somewhat stunting their creativity. Something as simple as being in a new space can actually help spark creativity and help your team come up with new and innovative ideas. The more creative your team is during the meeting, the more productive and successful it is.
Most offsite meeting spaces, like hotel conference rooms, aren't lacking in the area of amenities. These spaces are well appointed and equipped with the latest technology. Having a meeting in this type of environment can show your team the potential of their hard work. The nice space can serve as motivation to your team to work smarter and harder to expand your business and one day, maybe even have a similar space in the office.
When it comes time to plan your next meeting, make sure you are thinking outside the box, including the four walls of your building.