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06 March 2008 / Francesca Lagerberg
FRANCESCA LAGERBERG considers the pros and cons of the 'away day'

The concept of the office 'away day' can equate to some people's worse nightmare.

It can conjure up visions of unprepared-for athletic activity often in dodgy costumes which all ends up in the accident and emergency ward of the local hospital.

It doesn't have to be like this.

The whole purpose of the away day is to get people out of their normal environment and ideally away from the interruptions of phones and e-mail - although this does require some rigid policing of the use of mobile phones and BlackBerries at the event.

It should be a chance to get people to focus on a topic or an issue without the day-to-day distractions of office life.

It can be a great way to start thinking anew about an issue or simply take time to consider an important strategic decision in a way that the group might not otherwise make...

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