Why are so many companies abandoning their office boardrooms in favour of hotspots across the city for their most crucial meetings? We’ve got a hunch or two. Here are our top 5 reasons why offsite meetings inspire staff.
1. “New Ideas Must Use Old Buildings”
Said our favourite urban activist, Jane Jacobs. Sometimes your mind needs to gaze out a new window to do the blue-sky thinking required to solve your current work challenge. An space full of light, art, and colour will have your employees engaged from the moment they arrive. A place like the historic Gladstone Hotel, located in the hear of hip Queen West and the always bustling Parkdale, is guaranteed to be more inspiring than your typical boardroom.
2. Shake up the daily grind
When you take a break from the daily routine, brainstorming comes easily. Sometimes all it takes is an exciting space to get new answers to old questions. Plus, there’s no denying that offsite meetings are a lot of fun. And when your meeting takes place in a multi-purpose space, there are lots of opportunities for post-meeting group activities to increase morale and build company relationships. At the Gladstone, you can try early morning yoga, Music Bingo, or just grab dinner and a drink downstairs when you’re all done. Which brings us to…
3. Time for some good ol’ team bonding
Who doesn’t love a field trip! Employees enjoy experiencing a new location and neighbourhood together. And in a world of so much online and self-directed work, the importance of face time between co-workers is easily overlooked. Yet technology hasn’t progressed so much that online communication is better than sitting down together for an in-person conversation. Getting all your divisions and employees in the same room, rather than sitting at separate screens, allows for faster and more in depth communication and idea development. And talking about an issue over the course of a whole day can really help teams get to know and understand each other.
4. Give your team a productivity boost
At an offsite meeting, employees can spend all their energy focusing on the issue at hand, pausing their day to day responsibilities in the office. It’s been proven that taking breaks and vacations actually boosts productivity in the long run. While not a vacation, a focused and fun offsite meeting can have the same effect. Your meeting will ensure that when your team gets back to work, they do so feeling refreshed and aligned.
5. Check your logistics at the door
Kick back and let the offsite venue take care of the details, so you can focus on your vision. In a venue designed to host meetings, the space can be optimized to increase innovation, collaboration, and comfort—from decor, to equipment, to gourmet catering. Do you want to have a group meditation session after lunch? Or a dance party? Or an improv class? This has all happened at the Gladstone, and these activities could be just what your company needs to get the creative juices flowing.