Five Reasons For Your Company To Go On A Retreat

January 30th, 2018

We hear it all the time. “Why should my company have a retreat?” Chances are, if you own your own business, you employ a group of people that strive to be successful within your company. They’ve been with you since the beginning and you couldn’t have done it without them. They consistently meet goals, show up when you need them the most and always give it their all. You might be wondering why it’s worth it? Why make the investment? Below you will find our top 5 reasons why any business can benefit from a corporate retreat.

Motivate:

It’s easy to get lost in the daily hum drum of work. Even if your employees love what they do, the repetitiveness of work can put anyone in a slump. Odds are, when your employees leave your retreat they will do so feeling recharged and rejuvenated. Best of all, they’ll most likely appreciate the investment you made in them and want to exceed business expectations rather than just meeting the minimum. Now, your employees might already be consistently exceeding business expectations, and that’s great! You have a very good reason to thank them for their hard work and motivate them further by showing them you appreciate their time.

Clarify Roles & Outline Goals:

We all do it. We all get so tied up in our own workload that we sometimes lose sight of who does what, where and how. A company retreat is the ideal time to get honest feedback from your employees about their roles, what works and what doesn’t. You might find that the right tools to your success are hidden in the wrong department. Use this time as an opportunity to talk about the big picture with no distractions. Outline your most important goals and get everyone on the same page with their roles in the big picture.

Strengthen Bonds:

It’s no secret that we spend more time with our coworkers than with our own families. People often think of their coworkers as an extended family and naturally, we want to nurture those bonds. Take this time to explore somewhere new together, learn how your employees “tick”, and maybe share a thing or two about yourself along the way. You won’t believe how many benefits there are to a close nit group of employees.

Inspire Creativity & Conversations:

The daily to-do list can challenge everyone’s creative side from time to time. We’re humans. We get caught up in the tasks at hand and without even realizing it, we’re travelling down the path of least resistance. Shake it up! It’s extremely important to take some time to allow your employees to share ideas they may otherwise keep to themselves. Inspire them to start conversations. Empower them to try something new and scary in an open format. You won’t regret it and neither will they.

Improve Employee Morale:

We all need a pat on the back now and again. A retreat with your employees is another way of rewarding them for their hard work. Show your appreciation by helping them reboot their systems and give them a night of fun, breath of fresh air and some excitement. You’ll bring your employees closer by experiencing this trip together and thanking them for their loyalty. After all, these are the people that helped build your success!

So, now what? You are probably asking, where do I begin?

Step One: The Who’s Who

Get an idea of how many people you want to invite. Are spouses, partners and children going to be invited? You may want to limit this trip to management only or you may want to invite the whole team. Either way, it is best to get an idea of your guest count so you can decipher what venues will work best for your group.

Step Two: Timing is Everything

Maybe you want to prepare your employees for your busy sales season and plan your retreat right before things usually speed up. Maybe you want to plan your retreat as a reward for making it through your busy season. Or perhaps you want to plan a retreat in the dead of winter when your team might need a little motivation. Keep in mind that the seasons play a big part into availability and pricing for your venue as well.

Step Three: The “Big” Details

Once you know how many people you want to invite and a broad time frame of when you want to plan, start thinking about what you want to offer. Are you planning a 3 night retreat? Are you planning a 1 night getaway? Do you need help planning breakfast, lunch and dinner? Get a basic idea of your timeline and what sorts of activities you need guidance on.

Step Four: Contact Us

You know “who” and you know “when”. So, let us help you plan the “where”, the “how” and the “what”. Our sales team at Hotel Walloon will get you on the right track with your rooms, meals and meeting spaces. We can help answer all your questions and get you moving in the right direction.

Learn more by calling 231.497.2013 or email korie@hotelwalloon.com

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