When it comes to company retreats, most HR Reps and employees alike sigh at the likelihood of generic motivational speakers, dry conversations, and cheesy icebreakers. However, crafting a well-designed company retreat can benefit your business beyond expectations.
Putting on company retreats is simply not limited to fortune 500 company’s like Apple or Ford with a enormous segmented workforce; corporate company retreats can even help out small and medium size businesses for all industry types.
It’s time for business professionals and business executives to think outside the box to more innovative retreat ideas that involve the whole company. Here are some of the overarching benefits of company retreats that can help any size business:
1. A Company Retreat Will Create a Stronger Knit Team
Monday through Friday, nine to five, week-to-week: Needless to say, performing the same task over and over may put employees in a type of tunnel vision in the workplace. Company retreats are a great way to break the monotony and break the surface of generic conversation by creating a family amongst coworkers.
Wine tasting in Paso Robles, touring an unexplored city, or bonding activities can bridge the gap between employee diversity. Enhanced trust, appreciation for one another, and increased productivity may all result from engaging in meaningful conversation – even if it takes a little wine as a social lubricant. Affinity Diagram Methods, trust games, and team-building games while wine tasting may reduce anxiety and increase level of conversation.
Lastly, company retreats may boost morale in your company. Mark Duvall of Old Man’s Cave Chalets notes that his corporate clients are often “repeat business” and by, “Getting away from the office and computers” the employees can better “connect with one another and focus on high level strategy, without the usual distractions.”
2. A Company Retreat Will Allow Co-workers to Network Internally
Most colleagues MAY connect on LinkedIn to learn about similar connections or affinities; however, sectioning off a specific time on a company retreat may increase the bonds between employees. Colleagues who network behind company walls connect because they truly believe that reaching out to others will help all involved, including the company.
During a company retreat, time should be set-aside for informal colleague networking. Trip organizers during the retreat may want to pair up employees in different departments on the tour in order to bridge cross departmental jobs and to help facilitate new bonds.
In addition, another purpose may be to stretch your “business acumen” and discover more about a company leader during the retreat. Who knows, maybe it will turn into an informal mentoring situation. The more connections in the business world, regardless of the industry, the better. It also may help others set goals for company development in the future with the possibility in switching job functions in the future.
3. A Company retreat Will Creates a Productive Atmosphere for Goal Setting – Both Personal and Company Related
Creating company goals for all workers to participate in lead to a more cohesive team, as all participants work together to achieve the same outcome. Setting goals for the future of the company will not only help corporate executives, but also acquire bottom-up input and contribution for the ultimate direction of the company.
After company goals are set, employees will start to think about personal goals, and benchmarks they would like to reach within the company regarding their carrier path. The retreat setting becomes the perfect environment for a productive atmosphere without the high demands and stress. Company goal setting should be a staple at any small or large-scale retreat.
So, how do I start to plan a retreat?
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