Corporate away days – get your team off site but not off side!

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One of our key goals in setting up The Little Space was to create a creative, comfortable and well supported environment for corporate planning days, team training and strategy meetings. We want to make sure the basics are covered. A great space that doesn’t feel like a normal day at work, great food and excellent coffee. And we don’t want you to have to mess around with getting there or getting set up – we help you do that with as little hassle as possible.

This is ideally a day where your team can think creatively, broaden the focus and create some strategies.

So often, these days can feel productive and worthwhile but then the enthusiasm can quickly ebb once everyone is back in the office and dealing with all the daily minutiae. Here’s our rough guide to creating a successful away day for your team.

1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK

What’s the goal for the day? Are you training, are you planning, are you analysing are you creating goals? And what do you want to have achieved at the end of the day? Create a clear set of objectives and don’t make it too overwhelming. A big agenda and lots of content might look impressive but is it realistically achievable? Is all that even necessary? What if you had to limit yourself to only 3 objectives or goals – what would you choose?

2. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TIME AWAY

You are getting out of the office for the day. You’ve hired the venue, your’ve booked the catering and the event is an investment in time and money. Everyone has made an effort and they are feeling a little bit more excited to be somewhere new for the day. There will be some genuine energy (hopefully) so make the most of it. If there is some boring background stuff you need to cover, why not have a preliminary office meeting and get that out of the way before your away day. Get your team to deliver their reports by video before the event. Is there information you all need? Get that to your team ahead of time so the time away is all worthwhile.

3. GIVE EVERYONE SOMETHING TO BRING

Get your team fired up before the event. Give everyone a role. There’s nothing worse than coming along and drifting along as an uninvolved participant so give them something to do and something to contribute and get them thinking beforehand.

4. HAVE A BREAK.

These things can be intense. However much you want to drive your team and your event, break it up so there’s lots of time to refresh and refocus. Check out the research on the benefits of ‘walking meetings’ and outdoor activities. We are so lucky at The Little Space. Centennial Park is a 10 minute walk away. We have a lovely park and community gardens only 2 blocks from our office. Some of our regular users break up their events with outdoor events in Bondi or the city. After all we are so central and the best of Sydney is right on our doorstep.

5. FOLLOW UP

Once the event is over, what are you going to do to follow up and maintain the focus? How will you document it? Of course you will create a physical document but why not use video and follow up and reinforce team goals in a creative way. Instead of a 2 or 3 day planning event, break it down and do part 1 now and part 2 in 3 months time to maintain momentum and troubleshoot problems.

Ultimately, the day is about communication and creativity and of don’t forget the beauty of simplicity.

See you soon at The Little Space!

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