So why offsites?
More importantly why does your team and your boss, need offsites?
Offsites are excellent tools. But just like you wouldn’t use a spanner to hammer in a nail, you need to use tools for the right reasons.
Why offsites: when it’s the right tool
Here are some major reasons why your team might need offsites:
- The team is normally geographically or architecturally isolated and need to work together.
- The team needs to get outside of their regular thought patterns and innovate.
- Everyone is over overwhelmed by business as usual.
- Things have changed strategically.
- You need a new strategy
- You need the team’s buy-in on a strategy.
- Operational focus has shifted.
- Certain operational problems continue to surface.
- People are not working well cross-functionally.
Why offsites: when it’s the wrong tool
And sometimes offsites are the wrong tool. Avoid offsites as pure love-fests. Don’t use offsites to reprimand or make teams feel guilty. And offsites should never be used purely to give people information without a chance to interact and ask questions. Here are some of the benefits of offsite meetings.
The reason why offsites work is the opportunity to interact. Why offsites work is that people can work on the business not in the business for a little while. By pulling out of the day-to-day we can see what we need to do to make the day-to-day easier. Just having a break from the workplace can spur productivity and innovation.
Why offsites don’t work sometimes is they become an opportunity to just lecture. Sometimes they are just a junket. Sometimes offsites don’t work because the wrong people are there. And sometimes they seem fine on the day, but nothing changes. This is about taking action after the offsite.
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