Have a Safe Gathering for Your Remote Workers

Have a Safe Gathering for Your Remote Workers

Coronavirus has disrupted the work environment in an unprecedented manner. The COVID-19 restrictions have sent millions of people home to work remotely. The current challenge is to manage the workforce, and you will need to change your expectations for work to have things moving.

Sometimes, a face-to-face gathering may be important for remote workers to sustain morale and engagement. Apply the following guidelines.

Promote Healthy Behaviors that Minimize Spread

Advise the attendees or employees to stay home if they are showing any signs of infection. This includes those that have had close contact with the affected employees.

Require frequent handwashing with water and soap or the use of sanitizer. If you use transport vehicles such as vans or buses, they should sanitize frequently or wash their hands. Disinfect the vehicles before and after using them.

Everybody should have masks in the meeting, considering that it will be necessary to raise voices.

Maintain Social Distance

It is important to maintain a safe social distance in addition to the above measures. Most office spaces are not adequate for holding meetings and maintaining effective social distance.

The banquet hall at Villa Ragusa has 12,000 square feet of space and can handle various events and group sizes and maintain good social distance. Our staff will help you organize the tables and plan the gathering safely.

If the group is too large, consider combining safe gathering with a zoom call. Use technology whenever possible to minimize person-to-person contact.

People are hyper-social, and they long to belong to a group. Maintain communication as much as possible to prevent anxiety among the employees. Keep the communication cycle short by using instant messaging and video calls. Encourage them to contribute, challenge the status quo, and to learn for the sake of their self-esteem under the quarantine conditions.

The Role of Venue Space in Impressing Important Clients

The Role of Venue Space in Impressing Important Clients

In the absence of a quality venue space, making your celebration a resounding success story is an uphill task. Business events require careful planning and an eye for detail to make sure that everything flows as it should. The ideal event space will have the flexibility to decorate according to a particular theme.

Here is how the right venue space will impress your important clients.

Location and Surroundings

The venue space for corporate meetings should be inspiring, as well as practical. They are easily accessible through public transport and private means. Getting to the location should be straight forward from the main road to save time and for convenience.

Inspiring surroundings are a definite plus as they encourage productivity. Besides, the clients will want to take photographs to go along with the event or celebration.

Service and Facilities

An event venue with a friendly staff that goes out of their way to ensure everything goes smoothly ends up putting a smile on your clients’ faces. The right event space boasts various essential facilities with enough cubicles to prevent queuing and time wastage.

Food and Drink

The quality and choice of food and drinks at the venue space can determine the success of the event. One of the key aspects to look for is adaptability for the dietary requirements. Ideally, slick kitchens with professional and experienced staff provide the wow factor for corporate delegates.

Provide your clients with the best quality food and drinks, and they will rave about it for a long time to come.

The Villa Ragusa event space is easily accessible and has the charm of European architecture. The natural woodwork throughout, mahogany beverage bars and wrap-around balconies will create a fine impression among your corporate delegates. Our on-site catering has the best menu choices for corporate events. Contact us today!

Corporate Social Responsibility and a Successful Corporate Meeting

Corporate Social Responsibility and a Successful Corporate Meeting

The contemporary work and social models have made our time together more valuable and more precious. It is, therefore, important that every planner orchestrates every meeting to contribute to a CSR ethos of the firm.

Local Community Outreach

The best way to reduce the carbon footprint of the corporate event is by using public transport, cycling, and even carpooling. Villa Ragusa is in a good location, accessible, and with sufficient parking.

The small town friendly atmosphere in Downtown Campbell, where Villa Ragusa is located, is perfect for the carbon footprint reducing activities. You can volunteer within the local community as an option for team building. Donate to food banks and social enterprises to give back to the community.

Commitment to Sustainability

It’s increasingly becoming imperative to integrate ethical and sustainable practices in all stages of event management. The event managers at villa Ragusa are well-versed to these needs and will be at your disposal. The event space is also committed to sustainable practices, and all the staff will be reading from the same script.

Comfort and Well-Being

The well-being and comfort of the guests is an excellent recipe for a successful corporate meeting. This is a sound strategic investment to improve the overall experience of the event and transform people’s actions.

The Villa Ragusa space is well-designed with European architecture and is spacious and comfortable for large and small groups. The rooms have sufficient natural light and a balcony where you can enjoy the view of downtown Campbell.

Villa Ragusa boasts a variety of sumptuous dishes that every guest will enjoy. The menus are also customizable to accommodate any unique preferences. There is less food wasted and, therefore, less organic waste.

Furthermore, the right food has a direct impact on productivity and cognition. These are factors that contribute to a successful corporate meeting.

A Corporate Think Tank Session Away From the Office

A Corporate Think Tank Session Away From the Office

Every company needs some time for strategic thinking to choke out the technical issues that may affect the health of the organization. That is why a candid conversation among the members of your leadership team in your firm is essential, at least once in a while.

Well, the best way of bringing together motivated staff whose primary interest is to solve problems is through a think tank session. Villa Ragusa provides the best environment away from the office for investigating and diagnosing problems.

So, What Do We Have to Offer?

Sufficient Space for the Corporate Staff

The event space at Villa Ragusa is entirely sufficient for small groups as well as groups of up to 650 people. Sometimes, it is necessary to examine the current problem management process, and a classy venue helps create the right environment for change thinking.

A granite foyer, marble columns, and natural woodwork, not to mention a balcony that wraps around the meeting space, are motivating. It will keep the conversation flowing in the right direction, without interruptions. The event space has sufficient natural lighting and a relaxing environment to keep the agenda tight.

Professional Catering

Professional catering is available to spice up the sessions. Our breakfast and luncheon menu has a variety of options to suit the preferences of those in attendance. We are happy to customize the menu that your technical and business leaders will appreciate.

A variety of hor d’oeuvres and buffet-style dinner menus is at your disposal. Villa Ragusa can accommodate whatever request you have to make the session as comfortable as possible. We also have a full range of wine, soft drinks, beer, and cocktails to suit your change champions.

Your group can focus on problem-solving while our event organizers take care of the rest.

Luncheon Etiquette to Ensure You Leave Behind a Good Impression

Luncheon Etiquette to Ensure You Leave Behind a Good Impression

When you’ll be attending a business luncheon, it is always a good idea to brush up on the etiquette for such a meeting. You will probably find a thing or two you’re doing that you shouldn’t. At any rate, if you are usually stressed about such events, this should give you a new sense of confidence.


Luncheons have their own rules of order, just like any business meeting. Here are some tips to help you leave behind a professional memory in your business associates’ minds.

When to Sit

When the host sits, you sit.

The Napkin

Again, keep your eye on your host. When all are seated and your host puts the napkin in the lap, you shall follow the lead.

Your Phone

This is the point at which you shut your phone off – not vibrate – shut it completely off.


Your conversation with the wait staff should be short and to the point. Order quickly, so that they can move on. Do avoid ordering the most expensive item or the messy items like crab legs.


Pass altogether on adult beverages or limit yourself to one.


The rule is to eat from the outside in. The outside fork is the salad fork, which is removed with the salad plate when you’re finished eating it. The next fork in line is the dinner fork.

Water Glass

Your beverage glasses are on the right side of your plate.


Your bread plate is the one on the left side of your plate.


Never dip your food into the community sauce or salsa bowl. Put some on your plate. Then dip.


Put your fork prongs down onto your plate at a 4 o’clock position. This signals the waiter to remove it.


Luncheons can be stressful, but after you’ve attended many, the etiquette gets easier to remember and the stress goes away.

Villa Ragusa Offers Everything Needed in Corporate Event Meeting Space

Villa Ragusa Offers Everything Needed in Corporate Event Meeting Space

Your corporate event needs adequate space, flexible room sizes and many catering options. Villa Ragusa takes care of all of the meeting space details and serving staff for your fundraiser, conference or corporate party.

Meeting Space

Your meeting space doesn’t have to be bland and sectioned off with plastic curtains on runners. Your event can happen in a beautiful space full of architectural details. And really, when the meeting counts, the building where you have it speaks a lot about your company.

Villa Ragusa is a reconditioned bank building that has many design features found in European buildings. Our building was originally a bank, so you’ll find large marble columns, a grand staircase, and large, airy rooms with outdoor balconies. When you need to make a large impression, the Villa Ragusa gives you a head start. From the moment your staff, employees and guests walk through the door, they know they are in for a luxurious event.

Many sizes of events can be arranged in the rooms of our banquet hall, up to 600 people. Catering is available onsite and there are many choices in buffet and seated meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack breaks in between.

The Bay Area has very real parking issues, but this isn’t an issue at Villa Ragusa. There is always ample parking available around our building for small events and overflow parking in a free multi-level parking facility next door.

Our staff can help you plan your corporate event in our meeting space from decorations to meals and beverages. Browse our corporate event information.