On occasions, my husband takes overnight business trips. To prevent loneliness, he often invites me to go along with him. Whenever I discover what city we will be visiting, I immediately start researching it. For instance, I map out landmarks we’ve never seen, restaurants with good reviews, entertainment options, and hotels that look appealing. By the time we get in the car, board the plane, or get on the train, every minute of our trip is already planned out. If your spouse travels frequently for work, consider mixing business with pleasure from time to time. On this blog, you will discover how to make the most of an upcoming business trip.
As an office manager, you know firsthand that building strong, professional bonds with your employees is a surefire way to increase the synergy throughout your office. However, morning meetings and memos don't seem to be doing the trick. For this reason, you've decided to start planning a day trip that will allow your team to get out of the office and socialize in a more relaxed environment. To ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible, follow these tips:
Reserve The Right Type of Bus
Not all charter buses are the same. Some buses are capable of carrying 20, 50, or even close to 100 people. Additionally, some buses have on-board entertainment options such as televisions, unique lighting, or even adult beverages (the availability of beverages will differ depending on your local laws). Choosing a bus with the right features can make your day trip much more enjoyable for everybody involved.
Depending on the length of your trip, you may want to consider reserving a bus with more seats than there are members of your office. Some employees may want to stretch out, have a section to themselves, or even catch up on overdue paperwork between itinerary stops. Having extra seating will allow your team to do whatever it is they want to do in peace and comfort.
Plan Your Itinerary Logically
Although almost any employee will enjoy paid time away from the office, it's important that you minimize your driving time to get the most out of your day trip. By doing so, you'll keep your costs low and return to your office by the end of the work day—for which all of your employees will be thankful.
Try your best to plan each of your stops in a logical order. For example, if you're visiting a business conference or exhibition that's a few hours north of your office, then you shouldn't plan to visit that quirky tourist attraction half an hour west of your destination. By planning your stops in a reasonable order, you'll not only decrease your driving time, but the overall cost of your day trip as well.
Additionally, keep time in mind during your trip. Plan to stop for lunch or restroom breaks at reasonable points throughout the trip, but make sure your team knows exactly when to meet back at the bus. Otherwise, your day trip may quickly fall behind schedule.
Don't Be Overbearing
Your team is composed of several different kinds of people. For this reason, it's necessary that you keep everybody's enjoyment in mind while selecting your stops or bus conversations. By keeping everybody's interests in mind, you can avoid turning your fun day trip into a nightmare for certain office members.
For example, you may want to take every opportunity to discuss sales or pitch your presentation about the upcoming quarter to maximize the productivity of your trip, but doing so may not work in your favor. Your team may simply want to enjoy the relaxed, out-of-office atmosphere that comes with traveling on a charter bus.
Create Fun Team-Building Exercises
Although taking a day trip with your team will already work wonders for creating a better office atmosphere, you can further improve your office by planning team-building activities between stops. Simple exercises such as twenty questions or the chain game can allow your team to work together and have fun at the same time.
By following these tips, you can make sure that you'll make the most out of your day trip. To get started planning your trip, contact your local charter bus services to begin discussing your rates, itinerary, and on-board amenities.