It’s the Vibe: Recognising the benefits of Employee Engagement

The 1997 classic Australian film “The Castle”, one of the most famous lines used to ever describe a court case on film; “it’s the vibe”. The film’s hero, Dale Kerrigan is represented in court by a local solicitor in regards to matters of the constitution, though he has no grounds to which to argue his point. Instead, his only justification is that the company that wishes to purchase Mr Kerrigan’s home is going against “the vibe” of the constitution.
Have you ever gone in to a company for a job interview and thought, “I don’t like this place” or “something about this place doesn’t sit right with me”, or on a more positive note “I really like this place”, “this place is where I belong” or even “I am proud to work here”. The reason you feel this way can be quantified in one simple phrase; the vibe.

What is a vibe?

A vibe is simply anything that creates an emotional reaction to the aura felt to belong to a person, place or thing. In real terms, all it really means is something that can be felt to generate an emotional response.
We as humans can gage any number of variable emotions from limited information. For us as humans, it’s a survival instinct. We need to be able to walk into a place and feel a sense that something is up, and have the correct emotional response to match that anticipated feeling.

How does your vibe relate to workplace?

We all spend the vast majority of our time at work. While at work, we all have moments of enjoyment, as well as moments that are not so great, but they all collectively form our experience at work. Added to this, we often see the same people on a day-to-day basis, and also generally sit in the same building on a day-to-day basis. All these factors form the “vibe”.
To put it into an easy to use analogy:

Vibe = People + Place + Culture X Value of Everyday Action

What does Vibe have to do with Employee Engagement?

Now, here is the real kicker. 

Employee Engagement, or the relationship that employees have with their respective organisation, is all about the vibe of the organisation. Employees don’t seem to engage with their place of work if the vibe seems to be off, and if the vibe is not-right they are much more likely to leave.

While talking about a “vibe” in one sense can sound like hippie jargon, it does go a long way in terms of company culture and company values, as having a positive vibe is one of the best ways to retain employees.

Consider your organisational vibe to be the apex of a very large pyramid of company culture, whose individual blocks are made up of everyday actions, people, place and culture.

 

Chicago city skyline

5 Great Locations for Annual Conventions and Corporate Team Building

Teamwork and camaraderie are extremely important components for a successful and productive business. A recent study uncovered that the primary reason an employee leaves an organization is the lack of engagement and that the cost of filling the position can be up to twice the employee’s annual salary. The study also found that a shocking 70 percent of today’s workforce reports being disengaged at work. 

In today’s competitive market, companies can’t afford to risk the high costs associated with a disengaged workforce. Employee engagement is therefore crucial to the success of every company.

One way to increase the focus and motivation of your staff is to offer rewards and recognition. Many companies are recognizing the importance of engagement and choosing to plan fun retreats for their teams. This tactic is highly effective as it shows appreciation and is an opportunity to get everyone together to discuss goals and strategies. 

If you’re considering a corporate team-building conference, try one of these exotic locations.

 

Miami, Florida

Miami is a city that takes pride in its diversity. This is especially true when it comes to hosting corporate and conventional events. As a city that constantly grows and reinvents itself, Miami offers plenty of opportunities for business travelers. Whether you’re looking for a convention center or a special event venue, the possibilities are endless.

The breathtaking culture of Miami, combined with beautiful nature and exuberant nightlife, means that everyone will find something that suits their individual taste. Provide your staff with a memorable bonding experience by visiting sporting events, such as the Miami Open, or taking a sunset cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Although a very attractive choice for conventions and team building, Miami has one significant disadvantage. With the average rate for a hotel room being over $200, Miami is relatively expensive. The good news is that you can find cheaper hotels and also get additional discounts depending on the number of people on your team.

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

Treat your staff to a luxurious outing in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii. It’s obvious that this Pacific state offers the best weather and outdoor adventures imaginable, but it also serves as the state capital and is home to the Hawaii Convention Center. The center hosts thousands of group retreats each year and boasts a knowledgeable staff prepared to help with all your planning needs. Hawaii’s hospitality and tourist industry is booming and the state’s gorgeous weather makes it a desirable location year-round.

Outside of the convention, your staff can enjoy the scenic natural beauty of Hawaii or visit one of the city’s many popular tourist destinations. Plan a tour of the Dole pineapple plant, hike the famous Diamond Head crater or schedule a traditional Hawaiian luau event.

Hawaii may be more expensive than other destinations but the natural beauty, adventures and memories of the event will be remembered for years to come.

 

Las Vegas, Nevada

The so-called “City of Sin” is an extremely fun and cost-effective location for a large team building event or conference. Vegas has many large meeting venues that can easily accommodate large groups. Most locations have experienced event planners that can assist with all the details and reduce the amount of planning required ahead of time. The airport is just three short miles away from the main strip and there are plenty of inexpensive transportation options to and from the airport. 

A trip to Vegas offers plenty of employee engagement opportunities in addition to being extremely affordable. The average cost of a hotel in Vegas can range anywhere from $60-$80 which is one-third the cost of many other high-end locations. In addition, most venues will offer catering, lodging, and entertainment packages dramatically reducing your cost per employee. 

 

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is yet another great convention destination. Its central location and Midwestern culture provide everything you need for a solid team-building experience. Chicago is one of only a handful of cities that offers two convenient airport locations. In addition, Chicago’s extensive public transit system ensures that guests are able to quickly and affordably reach their final destinations.

The city of Chicago is home to the nation’s largest convention center. The center is located downtown in close proximity to some of the city’s finest dining and entertainment options. Patrons can get almost anywhere by foot and should be encouraged to explore some of the city’s top attractions including Navy Pier, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Chicago Art Museum. Encourage your staff to take a quick break to grab a Chicago-style pizza or pop in to one of the city’s many ethnic restaurants for lunch. After hours, organize an outing at one of the city’s many sports arenas. Chicago is home to professional soccer, basketball, baseball, and football. Overall, the nation’s third largest city offers everything you’ll need for a successful convention.

 

New York, NY

New York is the business capital of the world and serves as the nation’s leader in finance, retail and media. The aura of the nation’s largest city attracts thousands of professional conventions each year. Your staff can fly into one of two conveniently located airports (JFK or LaGuardia). From here, your team can quickly and easily grab a cab into the heart of the city, taking in the sites and the city skyline along the way.

New York City offers endless entertainment, dining, and cultural experiences. Plan a trip to the historic Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty or catch a game at one of the city’s two major ball fields. Additional entertainment options include Times Square, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and the iconic Empire State Building. For lunch, visit Grand Central Station food court or grab a hot dog from one of the city’s infamous street vendors. No matter which attractions you choose to visit, the Big Apple will be a major hit with your crew.

These are just a few of the many popular convention destinations in the United States. Whatever destination you choose for your business travel, make sure to bond with your team. Also, planning a retreat should not be seen as a cost, but rather as a major investment in the future of your company. Remember that employees are your company’s most valuable asset and employee engagement should therefore be one of your main business goals.

 

Author Bio: Jill Phillips is a freelance writer from Buffalo, NY. She is an aspiring entrepreneur and tech enthusiast, who loves to share her insight on various topics. When she is not writing, Jill enjoys taking photos and hiking with her dog. Connect with Jill via Twitter @jillphlps

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