Your Virtual Assistants are important! They are an integral part of your team and can be critical to the success of your business. Whether they’re contributing in creative, technical or administrative roles, they free you up to focus on things like business development and increasing productivity. That’s why I love giving virtual assistant tips to make sure their contributions are recognized.
Sometimes there can be a sense of separation between your VA’s and your on-site staff that really doesn’t have to be there. Also, your VA’s usually don’t get to share in many of the company perks that your office employees enjoy. So how do you go about treating your VA’s to a little reward and do some team building in the process? I’ve got a great answer.
If you run a business out of Australia and use virtual staffing, chances are you’ve been working with at least one assistant from the Philippines, probably more. A great virtual assistant tip is to treat them to a little bit of a getaway that allows them to do some bonding with the rest of the staff. You’ll find that when your VA’s are brought closer into the fold and shown appreciation for the hard work they do, they will become even more valuable and dedicated to your business. So here are 5 destinations where your Filipino VA’s can enjoy connecting with the rest of the team.
Singapore is an amazing city … country … island? I guess it’s all of those. If you haven’t been, you’re missing out on one of the cleanest cities and some of the friendliest people you’re ever going to meet.
There are plenty of things to do to bring your team together for some fun and adventure. Marina Bay at night is pretty unbelievable—amazing light show, tons of great places to eat. You can also hit the beach during the day. As far as travel goes, flying your VA from Manila to Singapore really isn’t that expensive. Flights on Philippine Airlines can usually be booked for $170-200 (USD). Prices max out at around $350 (USD).
Be aware, however, Singapore is a very strict city when it comes to enforcing local ordinances—of which there are a lot. Getting fined is kind of a way of life there, so you have to watch your behavior a little bit. I try to make it a policy not to give virtual staffing tips that end up being legal matters!
Thailand is another affordable destination that can be a lot of fun. It has a pretty amazing history too. Visiting its incredible temples, or the Grand Palace would be a great way to get everyone involved in some group activities. The beach resorts are awesome and pricing is very reasonable compared to other getaway-type places. Flights out of Manila can be had on the budget end for about $150-$170 (USD).
Thailand is fairly infamous for its sex trade, which can make it seem like less than a family friendly destination. Don’t let this reputation dissuade you. It’s easy enough to find great things to do in Thailand and not come into contact with the less than savory elements.
Vietnam is stunning in terms of its scenery. If you’ve never been, it is almost difficult to put into words. Also, the food is unbelievable. Seemingly all of Southeast Asia has great food, but when it comes to the everyday eats that you can get just anywhere, Vietnam is a cut above the rest.
There are also plenty of great team activities that you can take part in. A personal favorite is taking a river cruise. They offer great views of the mountains and villages. And floating through the terraced rice fields is like going through a wonderland. Again, flights from Manila tend to run around $150 (USD) at the low end, and go on up to about $350 (USD).
One thing that you should keep in mind about Vietnam, though, is that it does have a bit of a reputation for scammers. Never experienced it myself, but it is out there. A lot of this revolves around either grossly overcharging you for something, or not giving you exactly what you paid for. So just be aware of your surroundings and cautious in your dealings.
Okay, let’s get a little more cosmopolitan! These last two destinations definitely won’t leave you scratching your head for things to do.
Here’s a great tip for successful virtual staffing: Find out what your VA’s are really passionate about, and then plan a trip around it. If your VA is a known lover of art and culture, then Melbourne might be the perfect destination. It is really the hub for the arts in the south pacific.
Of course, there are plenty of other activities for the team to participate in too. Some strictly touristy destinations would be the zoo or the Royal Botanical Gardens. The restaurant and nightlife scene isn’t too shabby either—cool places, but also very laid back.
Melbourne doesn’t have a reputation for being cheap, however. Especially when compared to the other destinations. Flights from Manila are not as frequent and can run in the range of $1000 (USD). So if you plan on Melbourne, make sure you’ve got a really solid plan for bringing your team closer. That way you can justify that expense at the end of the day.
Osaka is really the fun place to go in Japan. The population is about 2.5 million, so it’s not as ridiculously crowded as Tokyo. It’s really a blast too.
I said earlier that Vietnam was at the top of the list in terms of food. But when it comes to cuisine, it’s hard to top Osaka. If you have a VA that is a real foodie, then this is going to be the destination.
Like Melbourne, Osaka is bustling and cosmopolitan. Most of its attractions are of the indoor variety. You won’t see a lot of the amazing architecture and natural scenery like other destinations in Japan. But there is a really cool nightlife scene and places like the Osaka Aquarium that make for good group trips.
One thing to remember about Japan, it still is a predominantly cash-based society. Your credit cards aren’t going to do you a tremendous amount of good. Be prepared to have your Yen on hand. Flights departing from Manila are also reasonable enough, though, generally running in the $350-500 (USD) range.
So there you have it, some pretty solid virtual assistant tips for where to go and what to do in order to say thanks and also bring your team closer together.