by Jai Singh |
Success doesn't happen overnight. It takes planning, brainstorming, and often, a fresh perspective. As your team returns from the holiday break rested and recharged, well-planned trainings, sales kickoffs, and teambuilding activities will help set the tone for the year ahead. 

To encourage collaboration and build excitement around these meetings, consider stepping outside the office walls and into an inspiring space. "A new environment can often spark new thoughts and deepen engagement levels," says Rony Chammas, founder and CEO of unique meeting and event space service Peerspace. "Professionals view their experiences in these spaces as a refreshing change of pace from their day-to-day."

Here are five ways you can get your team working together in the new year.

1. Planning sessions 

Now is the time to create your roadmap for success. These planning sessions are pivotal in laying down the foundation so you're not scrambling come February. We talked to project management service Asana's product marketing lead, Devon Watts, who recommends: "Clarify who, what, and when. Make sure next steps, responsibilities, and timelines are clear. That way, everyone on your team will know exactly how they are contributing to the overall goal." He also suggests: "Don't use regular team meetings to do your planning. If you meet in the same physical space during the same time slot as your weekly meetings, you'll have trouble getting fresh ideas out of your team." 

2. Sales kickoffs 

A new fiscal year means an opportunity to get your team energized and excited to meet their goals. To keep your team engaged and focused, avoid making it all about presentations. Structure the day with dynamic speakers and find a space that is both inspiring and practical to help your team hit the ground running.   

3. Teambuilding activities 

Employees often dread structured team-bonding activities because they envision forced mingling and awkward trust falls. Get your team out of the office for the day and plan something unique that employees will actually want to attend -- paint and wine nights, cooking classes, and pop-up dinners are great ways to foster team unity. After all, happy employees are productive employees. 

4. Trainings 

LinkedIn's marketing manager, Paul Petrone, believes the main reason behind Google's success is that "they 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." Investing in your employees through learning and development programs will help your company's ROI in the long run. To build excitement and increase efficiency, think about taking your training offsite and into a fresh environment. 

5. Retreats

Corporate retreats have proven to be an effective way to get your team together in a relaxed setting. Getting out of the office will help get your team in the right frame of mind to innovate, strategize, and bond together. There's been a growing trend from top companies like Google and Uber favoring retreat venues like private homes and estates. More than just a breath of fresh air, these corporate retreats help maximize the long-term results of a team's time away from the office. 

Jai Singh is vice president of marketing for Peerspace. We help you find inspiring and collaborative spaces perfect for offsites, trainings, retreats, and more. Learn more at Peerspace.