Team Building Retreats
3 Reasons Why Team Building Retreats Are So Effective
There are a lot of ways to build a successful company, but if you’re looking for long-lasting achievement the key element is investing in your employees. For some businesses that means attractive salary packages or weekly outings or even regular team building events; however, the option that provides the greatest strengthening of the team as a whole is the team building retreat. You may be thinking “Why would I pay for a whole retreat when I could just throw in some team building to mix things up?” And you would have a point…if team building and team building retreats were the same thing, but the two serve very different purposes.
Here are the top three reasons you should take a hard look at corporate retreats from a strategic team building perspective:
The Road Ahead
Team building activities target team growth, bonding, and strengths, but the point that they miss overall is how any of those impact the company. Team building retreats take that gap and run with it, placing the focus firmly on the business as a whole rather than its individual counterparts or departments. Since corporate retreats typically involve an entire company or a specific echelon within a company, the focus is on long-term planning and where we go from here. Offering a more specific structure that emphasizes company wins, losses, and goals, team building retreats present a new environment to showcase continuing company plans, removing the “bored” from the boardroom and leveling the playing field for all participants involved in the discussion.
The Road Less Traveled
While reinforcing the company’s direction may be a focus of a team building retreat, an added bonus is the ability to remove natural inhibitors caused by the day to day work environment. For instance, stand in a conference room, say the word “brainstorm” and you can practically feel the shudders from here. But stand in a glass-lined cabin in the north Georgia mountains and you might actually feel the inspiration swirl! In a new environment, employees will step out of the roles they have settled into and they will more willingly engage in a strategic brainstorming session that seeks out-of-the-box input from out-of-the-office minds.
No Road at All
Team building retreats are typically more structured than team building activities, but that doesn’t mean that the fun flies out of the window entirely! On the contrary, the entire goal of the retreat is to work hard during structured time and relax and enjoy one another’s company throughout the duration. With most retreats lasting between three and five days, this leads to at least one day of focus on community building through a chosen venue. The day will likely be planned out, but the lessons taken away from the day and the growth and rejuvenation participants feel will pay off in the long-run. Whether the day involves a hike or a ropes course; an escape game or a scavenger hunt, the day-off feel allows the socializing benefits inherent in traditional team building to shine through.
Whether you’re interested in strengthening bonds, breaking through “stuck” team dynamics, or simply hitting the refresh button for all involved parties, investing in a team building retreat in the right setting will reinvigorate the company team and refresh the company. This type of team building investment will reap long-term rewards when it is well planned and organized for strategic growth and building long-term relationships with employees.