For many, the term “Corporate Retreat” equates to a forced vacation with your coworkers. Sounds pretty miserable, right? But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right techniques and planning, it can be a rewarding and productive experience your team looks forward to each year. With the rise of remote working and coworkers spread around the world, corporate retreats are becoming more important than ever. Gathering your team in one places gives everyone a chance to get really to know each other, including those they usually only communicate with via email and chat. Here're our tips for how to plan a productive, fun and unique team retreat.
SET GOALS - The first step to planning a successful company retreat is to figure out what you want to accomplish. Gathering your team to spend some quality time together can serve many purposes and figuring out what outcome will serve your company best will help with planning. Do you want to spark new ideas? Or just have your team bond by having some fun together? You may even want to involve your team in setting retreat goals. This will help everyone get on the same page and understand what they want to accomplish while on retreat. There is no right or wrong answer, only what works for your company culture.
PLAN ACCORDINGLY - Once you have your goals set, it’s much easier to start planning. If fun and bonding is your primary goal, you may want to select a destination known for its attractions and nightlife. If you’re looking to incubate new ideas and spur creative thought, you may want to look for a more secluded location with fewer outside distractions. No matter where you decide to hold your gathering, take into account the entire day and plan a variety of activities that support your overall retreat goals.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX - ‘Think outside the box’ is an overused term, but that’s because it works! Think beyond the usual -- Corporate Retreats don’t have to be limited to team building trust falls, keynote speakers and happy hours. If your team is active, try a group surf lesson or private yoga class. Even more relaxing activities like massage or a spa day can be a great way for team members to bond and learn more about each other. Any activity where you’re learning or experiencing something as a team will have lasting effects in and out of the office.
ENJOY THE RECAP - You set your goals, you planned, and you executed a great Corporate Retreat, all done right? Not quite yet. Feedback from your employees can be an essential tool in planning next year’s event. While thoughts and opinions are still fresh, talk to your team. You can use something like surveymonkey.com to collect anonymous feedback from everyone, or call an all-hands meeting and discuss. Did the retreat fulfill the goals you set for it? Any suggestions for next year? Answering these questions with your team will ensure that you’re getting the most out of your investment and seeing results that better your team and your company.