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Why There Is No Substitute for the Annual ‘Offsite’ With Your Team

< 1 minute read | Marianne  Chemuel

It’s time for that annual meeting. Whether you love them or hate them, businesses both large and small know the significance of moving away from the office and gathering the team to not only reflect on the year, but set goals for the future. It’s that one important meeting which thrives off conversation, allowing different voices to be heard. Of course, the perfect space needs to facilitate this.

 

What is an annual offsite?

The annual offsite meeting is one crucial part of a bigger conversation. It is generally in a space away from the office, wherein people are brought together to play their part in discussing tactics and strategy for the upcoming year. A good annual offsite will mean the team can go back to the office the next day and start taking action on achieving company goals.

 

The space you choose to hold your annual offsite is important. It requires the proper environment to instigate discussion whilst supporting a good group dynamic and effective teamwork. This doesn’t mean you have to have the meeting somewhere fancy. It just needs to be somewhere different to separate it from other meetings, a place in which team members realise they can think differently and feel inspired. It must be a space that harnesses individuality and allows ideas to flourish.

 

Who should be there?

An effective annual offsite will ideally include most people that work in your business. At the very least, workers from the main teams should be participating. In order to have a successful meeting, all hands should be on deck.

 

What can be gained?

A lot can be achieved in an annual offsite meeting. With the year coming to an end, everyone should engage in reflections about past performance. It’s a good time to take a break and sit back and talk of the company’s successes. It’s also the perfect opportunity to recognise those individuals who played a part in achieving firm goals. In saying that, it’s also a chance to discuss what can be done better. What challenges and opportunities are there? An open debate will allow strategic decisions for the future to be shaped.

 

To gain the most of this, you need to make sure that everyone is comfortable. Establish that the meeting will be a safe space where each person can voice both their ideas and concerns. In doing so, the meeting will flow as people constructively challenge thoughts. The ultimate goal is to incite change, where more effective patterns of communication are created and new ways of collaborating can be sustained. The team dynamic will then be changed for the better.

 

How Spacenow can help

At Spacenow, we provide access to space on demand, anywhere at any time. Whether your team is usually convening at a conference room down the road, a resort, or a Marriott in the area, the perfect space is essential. A change of scenery will get teams in a different headspace, with the typical office distractions eliminated. Not only have we worked with multinational companies who usually dominate this space with search, Spacenow is evening the playing field as we see more and more start-ups coming to us in search of space for new pitches and environments to collaborate and grow their businesses.  Take a look at our site and have a look for the ideal space for your next annual offsite or team meeting. You’re definitely sure to find it with us!