Benefits of offsite training:
Have you ever wondered the secret to Google’s success? LinkedIn’s Marketing Manager, Paul Petrone, believes the main reason behind their success is that, “Google made a decision early on in its existence: rather than spending money on getting a lot of customers; it spent money on getting the best employees, knowing the customers would follow.” Competitive salaries and bonuses are important, but to really invest in your employees, leadership and development trainings are crucial to a company’s success as well.
While some trainings can be done online or in the office, trainings are most effective when held in a fresh environment. Management professor Kimberly Elsbach told NPR “Staying inside, in the same location, is really detrimental to creative thinking. It’s also detrimental to doing that rumination that’s needed for ideas to percolate and gestate and allow a person to arrive at an ‘aha’ moment.”
Companies are starting to take notice, too. At Peerspace, we’ve seen a 50% increase in training and development activities just in the past month. This trend is on the rise and for good reason — take a look at the six benefits of taking your training offsite.
Enhanced learning environment
Organizing the training in a new setting can provide inspiration while giving employees a break from their usual routine. Steve Bookbinder, the CEO of DM Training has led workshops for clients such as Bloomberg and Discovery and says, “There continues to be too much of ‘Let’s do the training in our own offices.’ The problem is that companies may not be considering the adequacy of their facilities, the environment factor essential to ideal learning. So while they have reduced the investment portion of ROI by staying onsite, they also may have reduced the return by compromising the learning experience.”
Shows you care about your employees
In addition to giving your employees a physical break from the office, taking the training out of the office is a great way to show you’re invested in your employees’ growth. By spending the extra time and money on their professional development, employees will feel more valued and loyal to the company’s goal in return.
Less interruptions = more focus
If you decide to hold the training sessions in office, you run the risk of employees getting distracted with their never ending to-do lists. Michael Molinaro, the VP at NY Life Insurance Company cites, “Being physically in the building can be difficult to mentally break from their work. Going away allows participants to both physically and mentally separate from the work environment and understand that they’re putting that time aside.” Instead of checking email or IM notifications, they’ll be present in the training and more likely to retain the material.
Boost your team’s morale
Bringing the training offsite gives your employees the opportunity to bond with one another. Instead of eating lunch at their desks or with same people everyday, employees will be encouraged to mingle with somebody new. Offsite trainings also make it easier to incorporate team building activities in between sessions. Whereas if you hold the training in the office, employees are more likely to use that time to catch up on email instead of participating in the organized activities.
As much as free meals and on-site laundry are great perks, many tech companies offer continuous training programs to give them even more of a competitive edge. Offering L&D programs as a perk is a great way to show potential new hires that you’re invested in your leaders’ success — so much so, the company sets aside the budget to plan regular training sessions off site. By doing this, you’re one step closer to attracting new employees who are looking to grow.
Need help finding the right venue for your professional development trainings? Check out this guide that covers everything to consider when choosing a space.