The 5 Benefits of Off Site Meetings

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Workplace distractions are commonplace today. With multiple avenues of communication, it’s easy to find yourself or your employees distracted during key planning or training moments. A great antidote to typical workplace interruptions is hosting your meeting off site. Although it may seem logistically complicated at first, off site meetings can add immense value to your company.

1. Off site meetings increase productivity.

According to Forbes, a recent Gallup State of the Global Workplace report stated that 51% of workers polled said they weren’t engaged, and 17% reported being actively disengaged. That’s a tough hurdle to overcome when embarking on an important meeting. Eliminating everyday workplace disruptions, like phone calls, colleague interruptions, and non-attendance, sets the stage for a more focused working session. In fact, successfulmeetings.com reports that 63% of survey respondents recognize that off site meetings are more productive than meetings held in the typical work environment.

2. Off site meetings encourage communication and help improve relationships.

Getting rid of the constraints of the office can help employees feel more relaxed, and encourage participation from all levels of positions. An off site meeting is the perfect place for your team to discuss their ideas, goals, hurdles, etc. If increased collaboration is your goal, team building activities can be an integral component of your meeting. These activities can help employees see each other in a new light, relax and have fun, and show certain strengths that may benefit the team entire team.  Graylyn Adventures offers many team building sessions that can be completely tailored to meet the needs of your team.

3. Off site meetings boost creativity.

Getting away from the day-to-day office environment is like being given a blank canvas. Employees are able to approach a task with a fresh outlook that sets the stage for productive brainstorming and problem-solving sessions.

4. A change of scenery can boost energy.

Changing the scenery from the typical meeting room can have a huge impact on the way your employees think. New surroundings stimulate the senses and provide a burst of energy. Simply changing your environment can lead to all of the above benefits, and ultimately an effective, productive meeting. Graylyn offers 55 beautifully maintained acres, 4 meeting facilities, and many other breakout spaces that energize and inspire.

5. Off site meetings can offer perks that normally aren’t readily available.

Most every office has coffee – but do they offer brain food? When you take your meeting off site, many amenities are typically available. Graylyn offers continuous coffee breaks with a wide array of food and beverage options available for your employees. Better yet, themed breaks are also available. Imagine taking a 15 minute break and enjoying a fiesta inspired snack, or warm salted pretzels with warm butter and cheese. Another plus –  there’s no cleanup required on your part.


Graylyn offers several options for off site meetings and conferences. If you’re looking for a simple half day session an overnight retreat, a business dinner, or anything in between, this is the perfect place for you. Our unique blend of old-world charm, innovative technology, and customer service will create a meeting experience that leaves a lasting impression.