With many companies making the switch to fully remote or hybrid work, there’s added pressure on offsite meetings to make up for lost facetime and build team bonds that can benefit business.
Study after study confirms what the real-life results of team-building activities have long shown: Time in the great outdoors improves brain power and stimulates creative problem solving and food brings people together.
Here are executive bonding programs available through the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio to get your own creative wheels turning:
Groups can venture out to the wild west to learn new skills and spend time in nature in the wonderful natural sanctuary that Colorado Springs has to offer. This experience allows participants to test accuracy with archery, pellet guns, and tomahawk throwing while enjoying the beautiful Colorado forest. The resort’s staff will teach attendees the fundamentals and test their skills with challenging games – perfect for a little fun and friendly competition.
Guests can hop in a custom off-road vehicle and ride 20 miles through the Wild Horse Conservation Easement and other nearby areas not easily accessible otherwise. The Corolla Wild Horses are a group of Banker Spanish Mustangs that roam freely on the Outer Banks – designated a cultural treasure by the state of North Carolina. During the experience, groups learn about the history of these exquisite wild horses and the land they call home.
Just because you’re in a corporate setting doesn’t mean you can’t reminisce about your collegiate glory days. Teams can play all the best games from college football tailgating traditions like cornhole, and compete in a series of engaging activities, which are customizable. Nothing is more fun than a good-natured competition and reliving your favorite college tailgating games.
Teams can taste, sip, and drink it all in while they discover their new favorite wines in the beautiful Sammamish River Valley at Willows Lodge. The resort offers several different wine tasting activities including “Wine 101” to educate your team; aroma and/or food-paired session to entice the senses; and a blind wine-tasting game to ignite the competitive spirit.
In today’s remote world, it can often be challenging to find a time (and place) to unplug and foster meaningful connections within your company. For those looking to escape the everyday and inspire innovation, collaboration and relaxation, consider a lakeside location for your next company meeting.
For meeting planners, finding new, unique and inspiring destinations for an upcoming event can prove difficult. Here are three Benchmark Resorts & Hotels' destinations dotted around the country, which offer unique experiences for meeting guests.
If your team’s connection relies on your internet connection, it’s probably time to think about making your workplace culture a little more personal. So, move morning coffee from your home office to one of Benchmark Resorts & Hotels’ boutique properties. We’ll bring the to-go cups.
Taking a step away from traditional office spaces and heading to new places can help teams refocus on business objectives, offering a fresh, relaxed environment, free of workplace distractions.
Happy employees are more likely to have a positive attitude when it comes to their work, increasing productivity and the overall culture of a company.
Whether it’s a large corporate gathering or a small group of meeting goers, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has several excellent locations to host impactful and productive meetings:
Often, the best ideas come when we take a step (far) away from our usual surroundings. However, while the idea of jetting across the globe for meetings sounds inspiring, it can be a logistical challenge for meeting planners.
Over the past decade or so, sustainability has been at the forefront of workplace initiatives. But that shouldn’t just be a focus in the workplace itself – businesses should strive to ensure that they are engaging in sustainability practices even when traveling for conventions, corporate retreats and meetings alike.
Whether it’s an intimate conference or gathering for a small business or a chance to reward an individual team in a large corporation, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has some excellent locations to host impactful meetings, executive retreats and events to meet the needs of smaller groups:
For meeting planners, technology can be a friend or foe. And, in this new hybrid environment with both virtual and in-person attendees to consider, meeting organizers must rely on conferencing technology – to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all attendees.
While company retreats have long been a staple of the business world, they often take place in a busy and overstimulated location like a major city for reasons including accessibility and proximity to a large airport. Planning a retreat in a remote location not only boosts your attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, but time spent in a remote setting surrounded by nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.
Breeze cooling your skin. Sun warming your view. Arms spread wide, floating down through the mountains. Can you picture it? A paragliding escapade through the Grand Tetons is just one of many teambuilding opportunities offered at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels properties around the country, designed to heighten your senses in a way that embraces creativity.
As meeting-goers begin to convene again in person, wellness should be top of mind. Meeting planners and attendees are increasingly aware of the benefits of therapeutic services and how they play a role in the success of any meeting, conference or program.