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Getting out of Dodge? 5 Stellar Venues for Your Staff Retreat

Posted on 06/12/14
Company Retreat"All work and no play . . ." Well, you know the rest.

Putting in long hours at the office day after day can become exhausting. Your team works hard towards your company's goals for most of their waking hours, and it can be easy to get bogged down in everyday operations. When that happens, it's difficult to take a step back and reevaluate the processes that keep your company moving forward.

That's why scheduling periodic staff retreats is so important. Staff retreats are essential ways for companies of all sizes to regroup, reflect, and gear up for the exciting work that lies ahead.

Reasons to Host a Staff Retreat

There are countless reasons to host a staff retreat, and they can vary based on your company's current aims. Employers should consider planning a staff retreat if they want to accomplish one or more of the following:

  • Unite. Promote harmony among coworkers and get everyone on the same page regarding your company's mission and vision.
  • Reflect. Reevaluate business goals and strategies and formulate future approaches.
  • Reward. Your employees give their best to your company, so give them a chance to relax and recharge in a peaceful or fun environment.
  • Prepare. Gear up for a big launch or initiative that will change the structure or function of the business.
  • Teambuilding. Build, strengthen, and grow your team.

5 Great Locations for an Off-site Staff Retreat

Where you decide to hold your staff retreat depends on your goals for the event. If it's simply a chance to get away from the office and have some fun, a less formal environment might be required. On the other hand, if you are looking to get down to some serious strategizing, look for a distraction-free setting that allows for more structure.

Ideal settings for a staff retreat could include:

  1. Vacation homes or properties. From a log cabin in the forest to an oceanfront house, these settings promote relaxation.
  2. Library or hotel boardrooms. Choose one of these if work-related items are on the agenda.
  3. Tour boat. Take them out on a cruise (booze optional) for some maritime merriment.
  4. Campgrounds and national parks. The classic setting for the office cookout or picnic, outdoor locales are always a crowd favorite.
  5. Surprise them! Make the retreat an adventure with a mystery location - or set up a scavenger hunt to make things even more interesting.

Whatever your goals for your next staff retreat, choose a location that meets your objectives for the events while still giving employees a pleasant place to disconnect from the office. With a little bit of planning, you can make your event the stuff of legends!

Author: Robert Stillman CEO

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