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Vital Considerations for Planning a Corporate Retreat

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A corporate retreat can have a range of benefits for your company and your staff. It can be used as a team-building occasion, offering the chance to improve working relationships, boost morale, and perhaps create a better working environment and culture. It can also be used as a benefit or perk to provide your employees. It might be part work, but it can also be part holiday. While you might ask your staff to attend some meetings and activities, they can also enjoy free time and spend time together in a casual setting. If you’re thinking of setting up a corporate retreat, here are some of the key points to remember.

Choose an Objective for Your Retreat

Before you go ahead and plan a corporate retreat, make sure you know why you’re doing it. A retreat might sound like a cool idea, but there’s no point having one if you don’t have a goal for it. Is there perhaps a particular problem within your team you want to address? Maybe communication needs to be improved, and you want everyone to get more comfortable with each other. You might aim to get your employees working better together as a team. Or perhaps everyone has been feeling a bit listless recently, and they need a burst of morale and energy to get them feeling enthusiastic about their work again.

Find the Right Venue

Once you know why you’re having a corporate retreat, you should choose where you’re going to have it. As you’ve chosen a retreat, instead of just some team-building exercises in your office, it’s going to be a residential situation. As such, you might want to look at hotels or perhaps even whole houses you can rent. Think about your venue in terms of location too. You could go an hour or two away, but maybe you want to do something more exciting. Take your team to France and put them up at Château Bouffémont for a luxury experience. You can go beyond a Travelodge in Birmingham. Make sure your venue choice has all you need, from bedrooms to technology.

Keep Different Personalities in Mind

When you’re planning a corporate retreat, remember that not everyone who works for you is the same. Everyone has a different personality and, while some people love spending time in close quarters with others, some people can struggle with it. Try to provide for both introverted and extroverted people with a range of activities, as well as plenty of downtime when everyone can choose to do what they like.

Treat Your Staff Like Adults

Team-building activities can easily be cheesy and kind of childish. If you want to make sure everyone enjoys themselves, try to avoid making everything too over the top. It can be offputting to have to take part in cheesy activities, and people can feel like they’re still at school. Although you might make use of team-building activities, try to be creative and avoid doing anything too cringe-worthy.

A corporate retreat can take a lot of planning, so make sure you’re having one for the right reasons. Leave plenty of time to plan, so you don’t have to rush.

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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