Your Business NEEDS a Corporate Retreat
July 19th, 2017 by Lauren Tharp
Every business, at one time or another, becomes “stuck.” A business is only as good as its workers. If your workers are listless, you’ve got a problem.
A corporate retreat is just what the doctor ordered. Give yourself and your team a change to unwind in an exotic locale. Leave the office world far behind you.
Relaxing in a new environment will prevent burnout. It will also open up new business opportunities, and cement you as a leader.
Making the Most of a Corporate Retreat
A relaxed mind is a creative mind. If you take your team on a corporate retreat, they’ll have a chance to unwind — and reveal their true potential.
Keep in mind that a corporate retreat is primarily a retreat. However, that doesn’t mean you have to leave work completely out of the picture. Use this as an opportunity to tap into your workers’ hidden talents.
Team building — not performance — should be the objective of a corporate retreat. Keep the pressure off your employees, focusing on relaxing their bodies and souls, but gently encourage them to work together towards a company goal.
By having a clear goal in mind, your team can have something positive to work towards. Many workers feel guilty going on a corporate retreat when relaxation is the only goal. Make sure to have a work-related goal (team building, coming up with fresh ideas, etc.) for your team from the get-go. Keep it simple, but make sure it’s enforced. A little work during a corporate retreat is both expected and appreciated.
Activities should be optional, as not all activities will appeal to every one of your workers. We love doing yoga on the beach at our fitness retreats, but we wouldn’t force yoga on anyone! (Of course, a gentle nudge never hurts).
Fitness activities are good team-building exercises, with an emphasis on exercise. Exercise increases endorphins (your body’s feel-good chemical), and could lead to happier employees. Again, encourage your employees to take part in fitness activities, but don’t force it on them. Trust us: even those who choose not to partake in the fun might change their minds once everyone else is having a blast!
Speaking of fun… Make it fun. If your corporate retreat is just you and your team in a conference room at a hotel looking at a PowerPoint presentation, you’re doing it wrong. Take advantage of your location — whether it be beautiful beaches or majestic mountains — and use the atmosphere to your advantage.
In the end, your team will leave feeling refreshed, and filled with new ideas. Not to mention, you’ll be cemented as a wonderful leader and the “fun” boss. What’s not to like about that?
So where will YOU be going on your corporate retreat? Let us know in the comments below!