Is your business in a rut? Are you dealing with high turnover with your staff? Is the market shifting or is there new competition to face? The perfect way to confront and analyze obstacles like these and many others is to get away and have a corporate retreat. Many people run at the thought of a team retreat because of the time, money, and energy that goes into one. I’m here to tell you that a retreat can be done on any budget, at any time, and the benefits far outweigh the preparatory work. Whether your company has 5, 50, or 500 employees, a team retreat gives everyone a chance to get away, collaborate, reflect, and take your business to the next level. Let’s take a look into the benefits of a team retreat.
1. Strengthens Relationships
The bond between the people you work with can have a vast impact on the success of a business. Strong relationships lead to great communication, which plays a major role in the foundation of running a prosperous business. A retreat offers the chance for everyone to learn something new about the people they have been working with or even build genuine friendships that weren’t previously there. With multiple departments within a lot of companies, interaction between the different branches during or after work hours is minimal. A retreat can give all departments a chance to interact socially and bring together ideas during meetings. The overall stress-free environment will allow people to open up, interact, and connect with one another in ways not possible in the usual work environment.
2.Energize Your Team
Everyone tends to get beat down from the same, monotonous routine of everyday work. Without a break from work, the productivity on your team will likely decrease. A retreat is the perfect solution for energizing your employees and recharging their minds. The change of pace will relieve everyone of the stress of the workplace and open the opportunity to get everyone back on the same page and focused on the task at hand. Ultimately, this focused break will benefit your bottom line and boost the morale of each of your team members.
A retreat is a great time for management to show their appreciation for their employees. This can be done in multiple ways, from a simple, elegant dinner to a spa day or round of golf. Consider killing two birds with one stone with a team building activity; such as a cooking class or an array of recreational activities, the opportunities are endless. This opens the chance for your team to communicate and grow closer, while also enjoying a fun activity they don’t normally get to experience. A word of caution: while having fun is important, that is not the sole purpose of a retreat. Make sure you focus on the objectives you planned and meet any goals set.
4. Reaching Goals
Concentrating your team on the task or objective at hand without distractions and the hustle and bustle of everyday work will prove invaluable. An uptight, formal office environment can hold back some employees’ ideas or emotions towards different business objectives or concepts and now everyone can be heard. A relief from that atmosphere helps open up everyone’s minds and achieve things that weren’t possible before.
5. Recruiting Opportunities
Like mentioned before, a person’s true personality and potential is shown during the multiple facets of a corporate retreat. With that being said, executives and management have a great opportunity to observe and recruit individuals to fill certain roles needed in the company. Whether dealing with new hires or veterans, a retreat can help show the higher-ups where certain individuals will fit best within a company
6. Building Skills
Having all of your team in one place, focused on one thing is the perfect opportunity to teach new skills, whether that’s a new program on the computer, or simple communication skills, and everything in-between. In some cases, you even have the ability to get creative with skill building, such as incorporating it into some sort of recreational activity. Of course, some things will have to be done in a “classroom” setting, but being inventive in your techniques can have a positive spin on your retreat.
7. Budgeting Concerns and Retreat Ideas
Budget is the first concern that crosses everyone’s minds when planning a corporate retreat, large or small. Each business is operating on a different budget, which means a team retreat looks different for each and every business. With a low budget, having your team over for a barbeque one day after work or cutting the workday off at noon and going to a nice lunch are a couple great options. Another possibility is to escape to nature and go for a hike. Use breaks along the way for small sessions where your employees can participate in discussions and you can achieve your objectives while enjoying some fresh air away from the office. For those working on a larger budget, planning an off-site retreat at a resort or hotel in a fun destination for a few days is the perfect getaway. No matter how you decide to take a retreat, the important thing is to incorporate a little fun and relaxation with team building, while also achieving your business-related objectives outside the walls of your office.
In conclusion, a retreat may be the answer to getting your business to reach it’s full potential. Laying your company’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities on the table opens discussions on how to improve and further your business. Being able to escape and focus your team’s energy on specific goals and objectives, while digging deeper into relationships and communication will not only improve your business, but also the performance of your employees. It’s time for you to relax a little, enjoy your team, and take your business to the next level with a corporate retreat.