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. However, achieving happiness in the workplace requires businesses to invest in the wellbeing of their workforce. With an evolving approach to how and where we work and hybrid work becoming a requirement rather than a perk for employees, companies need to look at new ways to prioritize health and wellness for their workforce. One way to incorporate this into the work environment is through meetings and conferences focused on venues that offer health and wellness services. Here are four meeting and events properties who prioritize guests’ wellbeing:
Visiting Turtle Bay is a wellbeing experience unto itself. With miles of sandy beaches, stargazing excursions, stand-up paddleboard lessons with dogs, traditional hula lessons, ornament decorating and so much more, Turtle Bay Resort is prioritizing the wellness of their meeting guests to ensure they leave rested, restored, and ready to face the challenges of work life once more.
Time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health, stimulate creative thinking and reduce the stresses of everyday life. You don’t get much closer to nature than at Garden of the Gods. Meeting planners should also note the extensive health and wellness facilities available at the resort. With an innovative model that integrates wellness specialties and more than 20 experts under one roof, guests will leave feeling a shift in their overall health, which can transform their lives.
A Tudor-style property set among Virginia’s gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, Hotel Roanoke offers guests a full-service spa, private yoga and meditation classes, biking and nature trails as well as foodie tours, ticking the box for all wellbeing seekers, no matter their interest. For some team bonding, meeting planners should note a choice of scavenger hunts, which pit teams against each other in a race to find specific artifacts, photographs and locations around the hotel grounds or historic downtown Roanoke.
Just 45 minutes from Portland, Oregon’s famed Columbia River Gorge, visitors to Skamania Lodge will find inspiration in the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty. Immersed in the tall Douglas Firs, guests will find a wide range of wellness opportunities, from the Waterleaf Spa, outdoor hot tubs, the Gorge Loop fitness trail and a highlight for many – forest bathing. The focus at the property is to assist guests in feeling re-energized and refreshed. For meeting planners, the facilities provide reassurance that their attendees will leave with a new focus on their physical and mental wellbeing.
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.
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.
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.
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.