The Ultimate Guide for Corporate Retreats

Sep 06, 2019

Every human being needs a break once in a while. Working for at least eight hours a day for five days a week – or even more than that – can be absolutely draining. Imagine that you’ve been doing this for more than a year and the company that you work for is not hosting an event for its employees. How boring could that get? That is why company retreat is introduced to bring out the energy and enthusiasm, to unlock potentials, and remind their greatest motivation for work, among the employees. This outdoor event is being hosted by the respective companies regularly.

What exactly do employees do in a company retreat?

Company Retreats Explained

In order for a business to grow and succeed, its owner and employees must have a good working and harmonious relationship. The business owner, as the overall head, should make sure there is a healthy and happy workplace for all the employees. Employees that are well-appreciated at work tend to produce high energy and enthusiasm resulting in an exceptional performance.

All business owners – from small business owners to business tycoons – are investing in retreats to take a few days away from a stressful work environment. A corporate retreat is done to provide the employees with a short vacation that is spent together with their co-workers. One of the objectives is to include time for relaxation, recreation while socializing with everyone in the team – from the owner down to the lowest paid employee in the company's organizational chart. This also sets apart the company names and positions that employees may have in the office. No one will be treated above the fun-filled and exciting activities brought by the facilitator of the retreat.

A few of the listed purposes of the corporate retreats are:

  • To bring everyone involved in the business closer to one another
  • To better understand each department’s role
  • To be an effective team player
  • To unleash potentials for growth

At the end of the retreat, everyone is expected to level up through maximizing what they have discovered something positive about themselves.

Do company retreats require a large sum of money? The answer is, not at all.

Preparation for Company Retreat

After clearly identifying the objectives, purposes, and goal of the corporate retreat, it is now time for planning the details. According to Tara Koch of Endless Escapes, when planning a corporate retreat, it is best to go through a travel agent because they have access to the best rate and will, in the end, save you money.
If your company is doing this for the first time and you want to make this outdoor event near-perfect, you might want to consider the assistance of an event organizer. An event organizer will help you go through the details including the appropriate venue for the event, a facilitator for the retreat's flow of the program, and all the while being cost-effective.

Following are a list of the things to consider when planning for the retreat:

  1. Venue. For activities that will involve quite a number of strenuous outdoor team buildings, you may want to consider a venue with a huge field. It all boils down to the flow of the program.
  2. Food and Accommodation. A retreat doesn’t have to consume all your company’s budget. There are venues – like resorts and hotels – that offer discounts for accommodating corporate events with a large group of attendees.
  3. Facilitator. The program is best discussed with a facilitator with expertise in handling corporate retreats, and must also possess the credibility needed in the effective execution of the flow of the program.
  4. Program. In order to create fun-filled activities relative to the program, the facilitator must be informed of the company’s objectives, purposes, and goal of the retreat. The facilitator may also be notified of the areas in the organization with great needs for improvement so it can be the focus of the talk.

Remember that during the retreat, everyone has the chance to be partnered with the founder of the company, and vice-versa. It is beneficial for all, especially if the office set-up is that the boss is always away from the desk.
One of the positive outcomes expected from a corporate retreat is the improvement between the connection and communication among the employers and their employees. The sense of understanding each other and looking deeper with careful thoughts among the co-workers in the organization will be established.

The Surprising Benefits of Company Retreats

A lot of companies are doing their corporate retreats every year. The co-founder and President of Influence & Co. Kelsey Meyer shared that their recent annual retreat was the most successful yet of all the retreats they have hosted. And she listed the top four of the unexpected benefits of a company retreat:

  1. Employees identify and resolve their fears. One of the exercises that helped the employees come out in the open is Nightmare Cards. This is done by writing down their list of department and other organizational-related nightmares. In doing so, the employees are able to discuss their issues and stressors while the team is being supportive. There will be action plans to be discussed to help solve these issues and prepare the company for the worst-case scenarios.
  2. Unite the employees to work towards the goal. For established and growing companies, it is always important for all of the departments to understand that each of the department has their own key metrics and criterion for a successful daily operation.
  3. Exposes co-workers’ secret talents. A corporate retreat is indeed one of the most effective ways to showcase your strengths about yourself that you didn’t know to exist. Same goes with your co-workers. A team leader from the IT department may share a talent in doing comedy videos which can be used as one of the company’s ways to raise fund for charity works and the like.
  4. Creates a stronger and more solid team. The ideal corporate retreat takes about two to three days, usually over the weekends. This is not enough to fully get to know a co-worker who you work with for more than eight hours a day for five days a week, but all of the incorporated activities done in such a short period of time will be an absolute eye-opener for you and your co-workers. You'll further realize that you are two unique persons that create an individual contribution towards the success of the company that you work for.


The most important lesson that a corporate retreat gives to all is to treat your co-worker like a family. When you treat someone like a family, you don’t bring them harm. Therefore, it is best to create a workplace that feels like a second home.
 

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