The different types of corporate away days

Posted by Jo Kelly

Corporate away days can take a variety of forms, and each have their unique merits based on what your aim for the trip is.

An effective corporate away day can:

  • Improve morale
  • Boost skills
  • Improve sales
  • Promote collaboration between staff
  • Motivate
  • Inspire

But what are the key types of corporate away day and which one is right for your business? We outline the different roles an away day can take to help you in planning your next team building event.

Instructional 

The business landscape of the 21st century is rapidly adapting based on market fluctuations, best practise changes, and technological advancements. Because your business will always be developing, it is vital that your staff develop in tandem.

Away days that train staff and keep their skills relevant and up to date can help with this. Conferences and seminars as well as training sessions out of the office can keep staff at the forefront of their industry, enabling you to reap the benefits of a highly-trained and knowledgeable workforce.

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Team Building

While ensuring that your team is as highly trained as possible is vital, an instructional away day might not be what you need. Keeping staff morale high throughout the year is a great way to increase productivity and encourage them to stick with you as a company. Team building days can promote a closer working relationship and better cohesion between employees.

There are a multitude of options available to suit your team, from the energetic, like white water rafting and paintballing, to the casual, like a cocktail making event. Whatever you choose, the result should be the same: your team remain happy, feel closer as a team and work far better together.

You could even consider turning a team building day into an incentive reward. With a healthy sense of competition in the air, and a tangible, rewarding goal to strive for, such as a meal in a luxury restaurant or tickets to a major event.

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Networking

While instructional and team building events are extremely useful experiences for your staff and business, networking events differ in that they can offer more tangible results immediately.

Say, for example, your company has just reached a certain milestone, you’ve expanded the business, or have just launched a new product. This may be the perfect time to organise a networking event. Capitalise on the buzz that your new development will create by booking out a restaurant or conference room for the evening.

These events have wide ranging effects: having employees, clients, and industry leaders present and conversing can encourage clients to stay loyal, while possibly gaining you some useful contacts from the industry leaders. Staff may feel thankful for the slightly more relaxed atmosphere created at network events, and you might even manage to bring some new clients on board if the event goes well.

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