We all know the drill… There’s an important meeting coming up. The date is set, there’s an agenda, and we’ve determined who needs to be there. And while there is so much planning put into creating clear meeting objectives, rarely do we take time to discover the tools we need for people performance and enjoyment.

Whether the goal of your meeting is exploration, alignment, debate or education, selecting an off-site meeting location can increase the opportunity for your meeting to leave a real fingerprint on your organization. Here are 3 reasons you should choose an off-site location for your next important meeting:

  • Off-sites encourage creativity.

    Taking meetings offsite is important to consider when you’re making strategic decisions, providing employees with career-enhancing training, or want to promote brainstorming. We’ve all been in conference rooms where we’ve met time and time again. When this happens, we tend to take the same seat and stare out the same window. Similar to familial roles, co-workers can also cling to their place in the group. By moving your meeting to an off-site location, you lift some of these barriers that stifle creativity.

  • Off-sites improve productivity and focus.

    When a meeting is held within a place of business, attendees have a difficult time disengaging from the day-to-day nuances. Just outside the conference room door there are phones ringing, deliveries being made, and desktops filling up with work. Off-site meeting venues can provide sensory change and variability which enhance the senses and positively affect a person’s ability to stay alert and focused on the task-at-hand.

  • Off-sites enrich conversation.

    Off-site meetings enable people to break out of their office personality and relate to one another in different ways, which can generate meaningful, creative ideas and conversation. Breakout spaces at your off-site can be used to create smaller teams tasked with decision-making, data-gathering and solution-finding.

Whether you’re looking to align executives, galvanize team performance, or strengthen an organization’s position in the community, go off-site for your next significant business function and learn how space matters!