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Top 4 Reasons Corporate Retreats Drive Success

Anne Hulett
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Retreats are a growing trend in the corporate world and organically open the door to learning more about the people you work with. Put the work pressure on hold and take your team out of the office for at least 24 hours to build a successful culture together offsite.  Changing pace with a retreat will re-energize your team, inspire new ideas and shared goals, encourage cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen internal bonds.  Here are the top 4 reasons to host a corporate retreat.

1.    Re-charge

Re-charge with your team.  Don’t only be around your team when you are hustling to meet deadlines and burned out from the work week.  A retreat can be a well needed breath of fresh air for your company.  It’s in a company’s best interest to meet their employee’s health and happiness needs in order to accomplish successful long-term growth and performance.  Plan a few activities, but make sure to incorporate down time.  Get your team in a relaxed space so they can step out of the details and think big-picture for the future.

2.    Encourage Cross-departmental Collaboration

Improving cross-departmental teamwork creates positive change that deeply impacts the culture of your organization.  Many people feel uncomfortable working with members from other teams and will avoid cross-departmental interaction in the office so it is critical to develop these interdepartmental relationships in an unavoidable and less intimidating environment that can be carried back into the office.  A lot of times the main issue blocking growth and success is directly related to interdepartmental challenges so it needs to be addressed.  Communication on a retreat can be free flowing without any distractions.

3.    Inspire New Ideas and Shared Goals

Corporate retreats bring focus to collaborative thinking and creative energy.  Employees will bond in a relaxed environment with open communication making a corporate retreat the perfect time to start forming fresh input and ideas on new company goals and objectives. Taking the input from employees into consideration when forming the new business strategy will help them form a stronger connection with the company and work harder towards a shared goal.

One of the most positive outcomes from a corporate retreat is the amount of creativity that is unlocked when people are able to leave the office and focus on overcoming problems, thinking of new ideas and viewpoints, and creating solutions for any business challenges.

Steve Jobs dedicated the final day of his “Top 100” retreat to idea generation. He hosted an open session asking for creative input into product ideas and narrowed the input down to just 3 ideas which would then be further investigated. This type of activity works well in the free flowing creative environment of a corporate retreat.

There has been a big trend in companies using business retreats to give their employees time to evaluate the workplace model and to think creatively about what could be improved as well as creating new concepts for new product ideas. 

4.    Opportunity for Team Building and Bonding

One of the best ways to bring a team together and make people feel like they are part of a family is to bring them on a corporate retreat. People may work together for an organization for years, but as soon as they participate in a fun offsite retreat, new and everlasting bonds are formed.

Research has shown that people are their true selves when they are relieved from pressure. Corporate retreats help alleviate pressure that may exist in the work environment and give your employees the opportunity to open up.

Team building activities that are actually enjoyable can do a lot for your company. They can push the idea to your employees that they are all in this together. During stressful times at the office, this can mean a great deal.  Higher a team building consultant to put together a fun game for your team onsite where your retreat is taking place.

A retreat is the best way for people to spend quality time together and break down barriers between individuals.  Having your team take a personality test together, such as DISC, is a fun and easy way to get to know yourself better and connect and identify with the people you work with.

Team building efforts establish trust, mitigate conflict, encourage communication, and increase collaboration. The most successful, memorable and enjoyable team building activities are ones that don’t feel like a day at the office.  Spending time together, sharing an experience or working towards a common goal allows bonding to happen more organically and far more effectively.

Corporate retreats are also an excellent way to reward your employees and show them that they are loved and appreciated. On corporate retreats, management can express their gratitude toward their employees through several thoughtful activities.  With a minimally formal agenda, retreats can be a chance to hang out as a group, laugh, and talk to each other. These events are a way to show value to employees and to just generally have a good time.  In turn, this will naturally have a positive effect on productivity and decrease turnover.

These are all things to keep in mind as you consider your first or next corporate retreat which is guaranteed to have a positive impact on your employees and on your business. If your team is in need of a corporate retreat, we can help.  Check out our corporate retreat package available for purchase here or email us at anneh@bienvenueevents.com and we can put together a custom corporate retreat package for you.