“When leaders throughout an organization take an active, genuine interest in the people they manage when they invest real time to understand employees at a fundamental level, they create a climate for greater morale, loyalty, and, yes, growth.”
When American Writer, Patrick Lencioni wrote those words, he had to have been thinking of corporate retreats.
Business retreats are not just about leisure and relaxation. They’re opportunities for team building and shaping corporate morale.
Executives and employees can take advantage of the positive benefits retreating provides when companies invest in them.
Here are the top 5 reasons to invest in corporate retreats for your company.
1. Corporate Retreats Help with Building Your Team
For centuries the corporate environment has rewarded the ‘every man for himself’ mentality–doing everything to advance him or herself without trying to help anyone else. You’re on a team but you’re playing solo.
Unfortunately, to the detriment of many business offices, this behavior has been encouraged and rewarded. For this reason, offices lack social relations which can tear down office morale. Lack of office morale can wreck a business’ productivity.
Team building does the opposite. When you take employees out of the office atmosphere and place them in a relaxed setting with the proper team building materials–ice-breakers, scavenger hunts, blindfold activities, and developmental workshops–they feel a sense of togetherness, like they are part of a team.
2. A Way to De-stress
Stress is one of the top ten reasons why employees begrudge their jobs.
Heavy workloads, unrealistic demands, and lack of productivity are the reasons people stress in the workplace. Either an employee feels they are being used too much or not at all.
These stressors affect accuracy and efficiency in the office. That’s a serious concern for a business owner.
A company retreat is a great way for employees to de-stress. In a relaxed setting, workers can let off some steam after a busy work period.
Employees don’t know what they’re working towards unless they are given direction.
At Business retreats, employers can put on mini-career development workshops. These workshops allow team leaders to share the vision of the company and access the talent of employees, finding out their key strengths and weaknesses.
This can be beneficial to a boss who’s trying to manage productivity in the workplace. He or she can prioritize employees based on their talents and offer training where needed.
4. Rewind and Review
CEO’s and business leaders can use a retreat as a time to reflect. This is sort of a throwback moment for the entire company, where everyone gets to look back at what they’ve accomplished so far.
Reflecting can also help reveal deficiencies within the company and help the entire corporation plan for improvements.
5. Show Appreciation
Good employees like to hear that they are great every now and then. Appreciation encourages productivity.
A company retreat is a great way to reward people who perform well in the workplace. Click for more.
A cruise or a few days at a spa shows valuable employees that their work is vital to the team. Put together thank you packages and personally hand them out to your staff.
Plan For a Getaway
Every business should consider corporate retreats. They allow upper-level executives to get to know the people running their offices, and office employees get the opportunity to be appreciated.
Check out our work life archives for more ways to increase productivity in your office.