If the answer to ‘have you had an offsite in the last 20 months?’ is in the negative, you join the 64% of respondents who have also missed their corporate outing because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. And it is a sign, that you need to share this with your Team Leaders and HR Department, and nudge them to plan that long due offsite already!
Gone are the days when brands would reach out to consumers to participate in surveys with forms sent via email. When the consumer moves to social media to make decisions, you move with them. SaffronStays posted a quick survey to its 120K follower base on Instagram to understand how the users’ corporate lives were affected by the pandemic, and the results were not surprising!
Corporate Outings In-Person > Virtual Meetings
Yes, WFH (Work from Home) gave us all the freedom to balance our corporate personal lives in 2020, but there’s only so much that you can do via video calls and virtual meets. The joy and adrenaline rush of meeting your peers in a face-to-face session to strategise, brainstorm and plan ideas cannot be matched by a ting-ting of them connecting on a video call. Almost 80% of the respondents agree that they miss the in-person meetings and cannot wait to meet their colleagues.
And yet, why limit yourself to a boring, vanilla board room? The best place to have your next corporate outing or strategy meeting would be a private estate where your minds can run wild – no walls lead to out-of-the-box strategies! Think financial plans on the lawns, growth strategies at the dining table, and marketing decisions in the pool! Getting out, taking a breath of fresh air and stepping out of one’s comfort zone will push your team to think beyond the regular. We’re sure an offsite at SaffronStays 7 Seas, Alibaug will refresh your team and get those ideas going!
Welcome The New Team
Think of the time you joined a new job – settling in, understanding your peers and your superiors, hanging out by the water cooler or coffee machine to know the team better, and slowly making a space for your voice in the team… New workplaces mean new work, as well as new teammates, new groups, new policies. Imagine having to imbibe a company’s culture without being immersed in it at all. Sounds foreign, doesn’t it? 70% of the respondents agree. They’ve not had a face-to-face interaction with new joinees in the team, and with no corporate outing on the cards, the comfort level that team members share has been thrown off tremendously.
What better way to get the best ice breakers ideas going than on the lawns of the stunning SaffronStays Raanwaara and Aranya Vilaas, Kamshet? With 10 individual cottages, the team gets ample personal space in between all the bonding and brainstorming activities.
Reward Those Who Have Stuck By
The last 20 months have been nothing short of a whirlwind for most companies. While some organisations had wind beneath their wings, many organisations had to struggle to keep up and stay afloat. To every employee that helped your company get to where it is now, it is time to say thank you – for the patience, for the new routine, and for serving way beyond their KPIs and KRAs. 80%+ respondents agree that there are employees whom they would like to show gratitude to for their exceptional service during the coronavirus pandemic.
There truly is no place like SaffronStays Foresta by the Lake, Kamshet. This 70-acre estate is like a private resort only for your group. So whether you are planning a corporate outing with the new and old employees together, or offering a gift to those who have stuck by, you will be considered the ‘Best Boss’ after a stay here. It’s got a private pool under a lush green canopy, a lake that you can jump into, a games centre with poker and billiards tables, a multipurpose court with night floodlights, a well-manicured lawn for all outdoor games, a lounge area for pre/post meal drinks and a mouth-watering, multi-cuisine menu for meals that will be personalised just for you. Need we say more?
Regroup. Relax. Rise.
“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” —Banksy
Let’s be honest – Managing a WFH schedule is not a walk in the park; it requires calculated time management, honest expectation setting and disciplined trust amongst colleagues. The fine line between work-life balance, the ever-looming stress of COVID-19, the general sense of uncertainty and the constant struggle to make it through the pandemic while working for 8-14 hours a day has resulted in countless employees feeling burnt out. You join the 79% of respondents who feel like they need a digital detox and a serious break from their screen life. Corporate outings and personal outings should be added to the To-Do List this quarter.
The best nature retreat near you has to be SaffronStays Reva Infinity & Beyond, Karjat, a charming set of 10 rooms that sit on the banks of the Tez river and offers a soothing bubbling tune throughout the year. With an infinity pool overlooking the river, a breakfast spread by the water and a beautiful verdant lawn to take away your woes, you will come back refreshed and revitalised, for sure!
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