The daily grind of work sometimes can become tedious and predictable, no matter how much people love their jobs.
So getting away from the normal office environment from time to time can help refresh supervisors’ and employees’ clarity and thinking skills. Multi-day or single-day corporate retreats can help give your staff a change of scenery, provide interaction with people they might not normally collaborate with on a daily basis, and jostle the idea cobwebs.
Benefits of Corporate Retreats
A corporate retreat can be beneficial for the entire company’s morale and bottom line. The key is for corporate leaders to determine what kind of retreat should be held, the intended goals and outcomes, and transparency so employees know what is expected. Corporate retreat planners have pointed out that there can be confusion if employees think it essentially is a fun day away from real work when leadership is expecting to get some work done.
Ideally, the perfect corporate retreat combines significant work time with some rewards, such as providing meals and relaxing breaks throughout the retreat. For multi-day retreats, especially off-site, providing some evening entertainment or time to explore the area can help participants relax and feel more comfortable.
Retreats can be beneficial when corporations want input from staff to create a long-term strategic plan or to build teamwork among staff members. Retreats also can be used to spark energy about a singular project that requires all staff to be involved.
Properly structured, corporate retreats can provide a way to eliminate some of the daily work distractions, such as phone interruptions and piecemeal meetings about different topics and issues that generally surface in the course of normal workdays. It also is important to plan the entire corporate retreat ahead of time so that all goals and accomplishments are completed. A significant part of that involves having a strong leader as the facilitator, someone who stays on task and topic, and keeps participants engaged.
Of course, regular weekly or monthly meetings within an organization help keep the lines of communication open throughout the rest of the year. But a concerted effort to spend time upfront to outline all duties, responsibilities, expectations and outcomes provides a roadmap that everyone can use as they proceed and return to the office. A corporate retreat at the beginning of a strategic planning process, major project, or launch of a new project or corporate team can help hammer out the details.
Then, once the project is completed in the months or even years later, the corporation has a reason to celebrate and may even invest in another corporate retreat; this time perhaps with celebratory meals and time to relax with your colleagues, reveling in the fact that you accomplished something together.