How to Avoid the Dreary Hotel Conference Room on Your Corporate Retreat

 

Room for Improvement

 While company team members generally enjoy getting away from the office, there is always the possibility that without the right setting, a work getaway can quickly turn into another regular workday for employees. With the right plan in place, there are plenty of possibilities to create a strategic plan for your corporate retreat that is right for your company culture and work team. There are as many types of work retreats available for your employees as there are vacations you would take in your personal life. Would you want to take your family or friends on the same trip to the same spot every year in a small space without much room to think or enjoy yourself?  Most likely, the answer is a resounding no. If that is the case, then it’s time to rethink where and how your team spends its time away from the corporate headquarters.

Create Memorable Experiences for Your Team

 You have the power to create a memorable experience for work team members that will create memories to last and bonding of relationships that build a better working environment. If past trips haven’t always inspired your team to get to know one another in new and more profound ways, then maybe it’s time to consider something different. With the right location, the right environment, and the right activities, there is ample opportunity to create an experience that will benefit everyone in the long run as productivity increases with a happy and supportive team. Unique experiences allow the space for your employees to bond, unwind, challenge themselves in safe and rewarding ways. It is up to you to make the most out of this experience and search for what you are genuinely aiming to get out of it.

Create Memorable Experiences for Your Team

 You have the power to create a memorable experience for work team members that will create memories to last and bonding of relationships that build a better working environment. If past trips haven’t always inspired your team to get to know one another in new and more profound ways, then maybe it’s time to consider something different. With the right location, the right environment, and the right activities, there is ample opportunity to create an experience that will benefit everyone in the long run as productivity increases with a happy and supportive team. Unique experiences allow the space for your employees to bond, unwind, challenge themselves in safe and rewarding ways. It is up to you to make the most out of this experience and search for what you are genuinely aiming to get out of it.

Activities

 While working together and participating in workshops is a crucial activity for many work retreats, taking breaks is a critical part of recharging during retreats. The ability for team members to take breaks allow for the messages of the day to sink in. Being in a beautiful setting will enable folks to find immediate calm as a way to balance out speakers, brainstorming sessions and other taxing things. Maybe there are members of your team who enjoy fishing or hiking. With just a bit of planning, you can work an outing to a lake into the day’s activities. If the outdoors makes your team happy, many options for spending time in it are both relaxing and cost-effective. Your office retreat can be as relaxing or exciting as you want it to be. While some enjoy demanding activities like rock climbing, or even survival games, others prefer to relax and enjoy the company of others in a hammock. If your group is into extreme activities, some trips can involve archery and a walk across hot coals. It all comes back to giving your team fresh experiences that will produce a new outlook on business.

Survey Your Co-workers

To plan the most memorable retreat, you could ask your employees what their interests are and what they like to do. If you do not know how the majority would want to spend their time, the trip could run the risk of not being exciting and transformative to those involved. If you do not know your team’s interest, all you have to do is ask. Sometimes, a group would like to try instead a new experience than something they have already done. If you don’t ask, you cannot find these things out. The more information you get from your group from asking around, the better chance you’ll have of making the trip worth everyone’s while. If your employees have an opportunity to weigh in on everything from location to food to activities, they are more likely to be emotionally invested in the trip. Also, you may find they have thought of ideas that you had not even considered.

Earth Missions is a unique and creative travel agency specializing in company retreats and executive travel. They craft retreats and experiences that move employees and companies to greatness. To learn how to bring your team together during for an unforgettable and fun retreat designed to make your work life stronger, click here.