For many of us, there is nothing more invigorating than a vacation. Europeans have always valued vacations from work because of their therapeutic elements. When I worked with a Danish bank, the first thing that struck – actually, shocked me was the three full weeks of vacation immediately – and unlimited sick days. Yes, you read that right. Unlimited. I almost fell over.
Since the U.S. lags so far beyond on that score – and likely will never catch up – the next best thing could be to update or arrange for new business spaces. We all know how expensive it is to redecorate – but renting business meeting rooms is very affordable.
Whenever I know the staff needs a change of pace — we arrange to have a meeting off site or in a new place. Just the different space seems to perk people up. It’s not surprising, given that there is so much evidence about how environments affect people in general. I’ll never forget the first time I read something to that effect. There was a study done on how colors affect human beings. One statistic actually showed that when violent people and criminals were held in a pink room – their moods mellowed. Color is really that powerful.
If a mere color can affect a person who is, shall we say having issues, imagine what a change of color scheme could do for the average person. I know that when we have meetings in nice places, people tend to be more upbeat and personable. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they become more stimulated – which makes it easier for them to participate.
Perhaps businesses shy away from looking into renting conference rooms because they are so expensive at hotels. The fact is that booking meeting rooms is far more economical than using any hotel that can charge an eye popping rate of hundreds for each person. At those rates, no wonder no average businesses consider booking rooms on a regular basis.
In my experience, the best and most meaningful meetings are only as productive as they are made to be. The nicer the environment, the better the time everyone has. The same is true for a vacation – and while a business meeting isn’t likely to feel like one, at least meetings can be made more fun!