The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted traditional multi-day incentive trips for the foreseeable future. However, with employee motivation and customer recognition just as important now as at any time, we would encourage companies with incentive travel programs in place to consider driveable weekend mini getaways instead.
Who wouldn’t welcome some time away from home after all these months of lockdown, all while minimizing health risks and maximizing social distancing along with quality time spent with your closest friends and family? These weekend trips also have the added benefit of getting your team and customers back in the routine of traveling.
The weekend getaway is a cherished break with the ordinary. You may not be going far – but you’re going to enjoy yourself to the fullest. With only a couple of days to spare, it’s always an epic experience.
For employee motivation and customer recognition programs, a weekend getaway is one of the more attractive offerings. People love the idea of slipping away for the weekend. There’s something almost decadent about it!
Maximum Enjoyment with Minimal Cost
Busy people may enjoy an extended vacation only once a year, but a weekend getaway is a means of getting out of Dodge, without all the packing and traveling. With COVID taking away many folks’ opportunity for even that once a year big trip, multiple weekend getaways can be a viable replacement.
In return for very little effort, these mini-vacations offer a much-needed change of scenery and the rest and relaxation people crave, without the stress of travel and extensive packing. An overnight bag, a quick car ride, and you' feel like you’re in a different country, without even leaving your state.
And because of the time frame, the weekend getaway is an incentive that packs a big punch for a smaller investment in your bottom line (which travel incentives are, basically).
Sending a top-performing employee or customer on a weekend getaway, like larger-scale travel incentives, is a matter of “giving the people what they want."
Recharging Without Stressing Out
Is there anything worse to come back to after a long vacation than feeling like you need another vacation?
Getting away for just a weekend gives the traveller just enough time away, without coming back to an overload of missed work to catch up on.
In short, the weekend getaway is a stress-free gift you’ll find your employees and customers will appreciate enormously!
Joe Lipman is Summit Incentives has been managing travel programs of all sizes and lengths for over 30 years