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Pros & Cons Of Off-Site Meetings

By Jeffry Farman, past Global President, International Association of Conference Centres.

Most professionals will attend a company or departmental 2-3-day planning or strategy meeting at some point in their career. It's common for these events to be held in a location away from the office. But is that always the right call?
Off-site meetings offer an opportunity to get away from the office and foster a creative, forward-thinking environment without the influence of daily tasks. This can lead to ambitious goal-setting and multiple perspectives feeding into the resolution of key issues.

Alternatively, on-site meetings make it easy to contextualise issues within the workplace and invite a more widely representative group of attendees. Failing to fully switch off from a regular workload, however, can limit an ability to visualise big or disruptive changes. 

Weighing things up

Off-site meetings are a common way for companies to encourage inter-departmental cooperation and effective strategic planning.

However, these sessions can be expensive and will often raise the issue of ROI
So, which is more effective? Off-site or on-site. To help answer this question we have produced an infographic which you can download at the end of this post.

Off-Site Vs On-Site Meetings

Do they provide a good ROI?

Off-site meetings are a common way for companies to encourage inter-departmental cooperation and effective strategic planning.

However, these sessions can be expensive and will often raise the issue of ROI

So, which is more effective? Off-site or on-site. To help answer this question we have produced a useful comparison chart to assist with your decision. 

 

In-House Meeting Rooms Comparison Chart