Corporate retreats are common in big corporations that are focused on team spirit and workers’ motivation. The first thing HR teams and CEOs want is to have the whole team refreshed and ready to be productive. And they realize that corporate retreats are a great way to thank the workers, motivate them further and build stronger connections.
It’s not easy to plan a perfect retreat event but we believe that our advice will have you planning pop events in no time for your team.
What is the purpose of the retreat?
Do we even need a purpose to organize a fun party with our coworkers? No, but in this case, every manager should think thoroughly about the aim of the retreat to plan in accordingly and achieve the desired results.
- Team building
- Solving the problem and intercommunication issues
- Creative thinking
- Employee motivation
- Strategic planning and conferences
Whatever the purpose is, you should first determine it and then plan your retreat accordingly.
Pick a location
Be smart about the location. You don’t want to cancel the retreat because some employees are not able to reach it. You have to choose a perfect location, not too far from the city and not too close to it. It should have all the necessary services and features for your purpose.
Plan your budget
Whether your employees are kicking in or the corporate took the payment part, you need to plan the budget to achieve the final results. Don’t go over the budget and don’t ask your employees for colossal investments. Remember to include food, beverages, all the fun activities, pool services, and a place to stay (if the retreat goes for more than a day).
Plan the activities
Retreats are fun because of all the activities. Workers feel closer to each other. They see the other sides of their coworkers and get to know each other in another way. Activities create a great bonding experience. But not everyone is up for similar activities. Some might like sports and stupid games, while others would like to do yoga or swim in the early morning.
Go around the office and write down the ideas. Make sure you include several activities for everyone’s liking. You don’t want to make anyone feel left out.
Concentrate on team building activities
Every CEO wants their employees to get along and be friendly. It’s essential to help them learn how to be stronger teammates. You might even find the odd couples and group members and decide to switch the places of several employees in the projects.
Ask for feedback
You, as a service provider, might already be familiar with the importance of detailed feedback. Ask the attendees (your workers) how was their experience. You need to get a full image of what they expected and what they got in the result. It’s a great way to note how you met your goals and what you should consider for next time.
Planning a retreat is a rewarding activity. Try to keep your budget and purpose closer to each other. And if you feel like you need some help, know that it’s okay to contact a professional team.