Whether it is to work on building the team, rewarding the year's accomplishments, or planning future projects, a retreat could use these guidelines below.
Kyle Zagrododzky, the President of OsteoStrong Franchising, wrote an article on Entrepreneur about how to rock your company's retreat.
Step out of the office.
A retreat is named as such for a reason. It's a time to step back and take a breather, to zoom out in order to be able to see the bigger picture of the company or of the department. Whether you do this in your backyard or at a resort, it's up to you.
If you hold a retreat in the office, most of the participants will feel restrained. They will still feel stifled by their environment and that's not very conducive to refocusing or rethinking goals and plans.
According to Kyle Zagrododzky, stepping out of the office is essential to going on a retreat. The change in environment can shake up the energy of a group that is used to seeing the same faces in the same spaces, he writes.
Customize retreat to the company's size.
Kyle adds that it is best to tailor your retreat based on the size of the department or of the company. The size determines the locations, theme, as well as the activities.
For instance, he writes that having fewer than 10 people could mean an intimate, personal, and relaxing time at a beach house.
Reward everyone equally.
One thing that Kyle discourages is splurging on just one department. He says that every person in the company is a part of the engine that keeps the firm moving forward.
With that said, he encourages superiors to spend on every employee equally and reward them equally. "The point of retreats is to connect people in different departments and create new bonds, so don't leave anyone behind," he writes.
Food is essential.
One cannot stress this enough: don't belittle the food. Delicious food makes for a very enjoyable retreat, while awful food just leads to grumpy, disinterested, and unmotivated employees.
Kyle adds that if you have to cut expenses to make a retreat possible, let it be anything other than food. Good food leads to good results, according to Kyle. Do you agree?
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