Taking a break is good for your employees—and good for the bottom-line.
There is an increasing awareness in the business world that retreats have a practical advantage for companies large and small. Research indicates that retreats and time off foster greater employee satisfaction, drive innovation and improve focus & productivity. Fortune magazine recently published an article that argues happy employees are productive employees—12% to 20% more effective.
Working less to get more done may seem counter intuitive, but the research is clear.
The Definitive Step-by-Step Guide to Your Next Company Getaway
There are many reasons why companies organize retreats. It can be for team building, morale boosting, strategic planning, or to launch a project.
Corporate retreats are instrumental in generating new ideas, forging friendships, and gaining new perspective. People tend to work more effectively if they are relaxed and in a space where they can find balance and remain collected.
There are many things to plan for when organizing a retreat. These include the agenda, budget and logistics, location, facilitation, and activities/content. Let’s go through each to ensure you get results and your co-workers don’t feel like they wasted their time.
Does Your Staff Need a Retreat?
Have you heard the word “corporate retreat” and wondered, why do other companies do that? Why would I shell out money for my employees to go on a “vacation?” Don’t I pay them to work? What about everything that won’t get done while we’re all away?
Actually, there’s a lot of benefits to hosting a retreat for your staff. Here are just 6 reasons to throw a corporate retreat:
How to Ensure No One Leaves Thinking their Time was Wasted
Retreats are a great way to generate excitement and wake people out of the autopilot we all find ourselves in from time to time.
When you throw a corporate retreat or company workshop, you have the opportunity to engage people that may not normally come into contact with each other. For example, people from different departments might get a rare chance to interact. These occasions can give them a chance to network and build new relationships. As well, they will hear different perspectives on familiar problems as you brainstorm as a group.
Ultimately, the cost of a disenfranchised work force is much greater than throwing a corporate retreat and the benefits will continue to surprise you long after.