Here at the Gladstone we host creative offsite meetings almost every day, so we were surprised to hear that so many Toronto companies haven’t taken advantage of the amazing spaces throughout the city for meetings.
Taking your work team offsite into a creative space and giving them a break from the day-to-day routine can help build team morale and encourage positive performance results back at the office. But planning an offsite meeting that will hold lasting results is not always easy.
To overcome the challenges of holding an effective offsite meeting with a lasting outcome, workplace goals need to be made and addressed before the meeting even occurs. We found a great article by Harvard Business Review that we’ve turned into Cole’s notes below. Here are some Dos and Don’ts you can review to ensure your next team offsite meeting is a success!
Do be clear about the overall goals for the offsite meeting and create an agenda that reflects and reinforces those goals
Don’t focus too much on the strengths, development or personalities of individual members of the team, instead look at the team as a whole.
Do set ground rules and pledge confidentiality at the start of the meeting – the offsite should be a safe space where people can be honest without fear of judgment
Don’t erase the role of the leader in the team building experience, be mindful of your leadership so it is instilled both at the offsite and back at the office
Do plan an offsite that will help build the team and create a sense of togetherness – Like cooking a meal together and eating it as a group
Don’t plan an offsite that instils a sense of competition. Focus on “all for one and one for all” vs. “all against all”
Do encourage a time to process and reflect on how the team achieved its goals at the meeting. Be open to and solicit anonymous input and suggestions
Do schedule a follow up with your team on feedback about the offsite, and what could be done differently in the future.
Following these team building tips will ensure a positive learning experience at your next team offsite. To learn about more Offsite tips, check out the detailed article from Harvard Business Review.