For those that are new to business, they may wonder how Corporate retreats could be so important. Assuming that if employees are not working, then they would prefer to be with their families. To begin with, it is a good idea to plan retreats on company time. If this isn’t possible because of the duration of the retreat, then it may be worth considering including the families.
Importance to the Company
Most companies that have provided at least one company retreat report that they have enjoyed many benefits as a result of it. They found that employees were motivated by the retreat. Many had a different view of the Company and formed a better sense of loyalty. Another benefit was the employees seemed to be refreshed. Not as much tension was noticed in the workplace. Another potential benefit for some was less employee turnover. Employees felt appreciated, which gave them more reason to stay with the company.
Important for the Employees
At first, it can be difficult to get employees to participate in retreats, especially if it is affecting their private time. For the few who don’t attend, they often regret it because of the positive feedback they get from those that did.
One big benefit of a retreat is that it can reduce stress. There is always a certain amount of stress in the workplace. This can be temporary or ongoing. A temporary situation will be if the company is going through some type of transition. A permanent situation would be for those employees on the sales team who are always under stress to meet quotas. When on a retreat all of this can be forgotten about. Quite often, when the stress is reduced, employees will open up even when on the retreat and may come up with some new ideas that are productive.
In the workforce, quite often employees really don’t get to see the true personalities of their co-workers. In a retreat setting these changes. Quite often, employees will change their negative opinions about some that they work with into positive ones.
Any one of these important aspects on their own is enough to justify a retreat.