The benefits of meeting out the office
Offsite meetings have always been popular way to host a meeting with a difference.
As businesses continue to look for ways to improve their productivity and creativity, going offsite has become even more appealing.
With this in mind, here’s our top four reasons to consider taking your next meeting out of the office…
A change of scenery and a break from the usual distractions of the office can help increase meeting productivity. Being away from the office makes your meeting more of an event, focussing employees on the task at hand and helping them come up with new ideas.
A study by the Harvard Business Review found that employees who participated in offsite meetings were more likely to report feeling productive and engaged in their work.
The study also found that offsite meetings can lead to a 15% increase in productivity!
Going hand-in-hand with productivity, offsite meetings can help to enhance creativity by providing a relaxed and informal environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their ideas.
This can lead to new and innovative solutions to problems that may otherwise not have been thought of.
A study by the University of California, Berkeley found that employees who participated in offsite meetings were more likely to come up with new ideas and solutions to problems. The study also found that offsite meetings can lead to a 20% increase in creativity.
Offsite meetings can help to improve communication between employees by giving them a chance to get to know each other better and build relationships. This may happen as your team are out of their usual “work” environment, so feel more inclined to open up and form non-business oriented connections.
This personal connection can lead to a more cohesive, collaborative and productive business team.
A study by the University of Pennsylvania found that employees who participate in team-building activities are more likely to trust and cooperate with each other. The study also found that team-building activities can lead to a 15% increase in productivity.
Reduced stress levels
Offsite meetings can also help to reduce stress levels by providing a break from your team’s usual routine.
This can help employees to come back to their “normal” working environment refreshed and ready to focus.
The face to face interaction that they’ll have with colleagues is also something not to be undervalued, especially with so many now working in remote or hybrid roles. A team that get to know each other face-to-face will be more open to share when they may be struggling and can then find support easier.
A study by the American Psychological Association found that employees who participate in offsite and team-building activities are more likely to report feeling less stressed and more relaxed at work. The study also found that team-building activities can lead to a 10% decrease in stress levels.
Going offsite can be a great way to get the most from your next meeting… and they don’t have to cost the earth!
With the right venue, you can get so much more out of your meetings, and thankfully here at Gray Dawes Events, we have the inside track on venues to suit any requirement.
Get in touch to find out how we can help you get the most from your meetings.
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