When organizations decided to ditch their premises and take training outdoors, the key objective was to enthuse employees about training. They believed that the more excited an employee gets about the training program, the more receptive he would be. This, in turn, would have a positive impact on engagement and retention.
While the argument sounds logical, what began to happen was that organisations concentrated more on getting their employees excited than on selecting a ‘training venue’. So while the venues took care of the entertainment factor, they failed to be conducive for training. Employees would be more excited about hitting the pool, the bowling alley or sight-seeing, and training would just get side-tracked.
The counter-measure to this was taking employees to locales that were close to being ascetic! This obviously created a dread about going outdoors to train. Ironically, it is not that organisations have to choose between going overboard either way. They can select a venue, which, in addition to being conducive to training, takes care of after-training-hours entertainment.
Location, Location, Location