If your corporate offsite is coming up, and you're looking for ways to keep ideas fresh and engagement high, look no further.
We've pulled together some great corporate retreat ideas to get you started.
Staff Retreat Ideas:
Key Aspects of a Successful Offsite
Goals for Corporate Retreats
To know if you've had a successful retreat, have some goals in mind. If you can measure it, you can track it, and if you can track it, you can use it to inform decisions and changes.
Consider these ideas for your retreat goals:
- Ideas for improving company culture
- Improving communication channels
- Brainstorming project ideas
- Big picture thinking - goals for the future
- Have both tangible and intangible goals to aim for
Take a short survey before and after the retreat to assess employee satisfaction and assess how productive staff members found it
Set a number of ideas to come up with -- product names, client support ideas, new marketing channels -- whatever. Remember, the best way to get a good idea, is to have a lot of ideas.
Aim for a certain number or percentage of employee participation in the retreat. Making real change stick back at the worksite will require a critical mass of staff members who are on-board with the new ideas.
Company Retreat Activities
Legend has it the trust fall was invented at a corporate retreat. Sounds believable. Company-wide activities that encourage openness, communication, and vulnerability can do wonders for productivity and building culture.
Retreat participants can be formed into groups based on any number of personality type quizzes (the MBTI is a popular option). Find resources that encourage self reflection about communication styles or introvert vs. extrovert strengths.
Let each participant brainstorm their wildest vision of success for themselves personally or for the organization.
The location of your retreat will help determine some activities. An outdoor adventure location may provide opportunities like ziplines, suspension bridges, or river rafting. A city location could involve a team-based scavenger hunt across the town.
Corporate Retreat Massage & Other Perks
It can't be all work and no play. Plan some activities that show employee appreciation and allow staff members to relax and have a good time. A softball game, massage services, board game night, or outdoor movie viewing is a great way to keep the atmosphere light.