When it comes to business travel, it can be an exciting situation but also a problem-solving task. While it’s great to get out of the office, you have to figure out a logical place to host your business meetings that gets you away from the cubicles while still being able to get things done.
Perhaps you were hoping to travel to the beach but you need a place to get things done, not a vacation. Offsite meetings can be enjoyable and efficient if you have a good plan in mind. Getting out of the office can bring your company to a new level. It can give you a fresh perspective to get you thinking outside of the box. Here is a look at where you can take your business meetings outside of the office:
Why do People Leave the Office?
While the office is like a second home and the place to guarantee you see your staff or colleagues, sometimes it’s wise to get out of the office. Team-building, group training or brainstorming with your colleagues can all be accomplished outside traditional work places. You may need to go out of town to do this which is not a problem.
Just make sure the location you pick has the ability to help you meet your end goal. Don’t choose a park if you’re going to need Power Point access. Don’t choose another office if you feel your staff needs to get in touch with nature or around the public. Find a change of scenery with the necessary amenities to get the task accomplished.
What Out-of-Office Techniques Improve Productivity?
Did you know that stand up meetings have become a big hit in company improvement? Workers become more engaged, more collaborative and less territorial when they participate in a project that involves standing upright.
A study at Washington University has now been associated with better productivity. The study showed that along with standing, walking meetings are another great technique. The exercise helps to increase morale, boost creativity and enhance productivity. Just keep the group small and turn your phones off.
Breaks, Food and Nature
When hosting a meeting, keep an eye out for tired faces, low energy and a lack of ideas. These can all be signals that it is time for a break. Having an off-site meeting activity space to congregate is perfect to avoid this meeting fatigue. Take your staff to the beach, mini-golfing, or bowling. It would actually do wonders for your office.
Outdoor meetings are great because they improve the mood of your staff. Try incorporating living room furniture to make it comfortable and fun. Consider getting a tent or having the meeting under a pavilion to protect from the elements while still allowing you to be outdoors. Lastly, keep in mind that productivity will cease regardless of where you are when your staff is hungry. Hire a food truck or schedule a lunch, dinner or cocktail hour with apps to keep your staff alive and well.
Use these tips to get your staff’s productivity up. Simply moving your business meeting to the outdoors, out of town or to a great venue can mean all of the difference in increasing your company’s success.