Having said that, it does not necessarily mean that all employee retreats really work the way they are supposed to. If executed in the right manner, they can be productive. When not carried out appropriately, they can create more differences and demotivate the team members.
Make sure it is not all work and no playYou plan a two day employee retreat at an amazing resort overlooking beautiful landscapes. But you spend the two days locked up in a room discussing about the company, the new projects and the roles and responsibilities. All your staff gets to see in those two days is the white board, marker, a sneak peek at the picturesque beauty only through the windows and the alcohol bottles in the night. They get drunk on the second night and reach office on Monday with a hangover.
First of all, your purpose of taking your staff out of their routine is defeated. The time they could have spent with their family, they had to spend locked up in a room. There was no recreational act as they did not get any time.
So you need to ensure that you divide the time in such a way that both the purposes are served – reminding the team of the company’s vision and mission and giving them leisure time to enjoy and gel together.
Decide your goals and plan the retreat well
Many times managers end up planning a random retreat with no set goal or purpose defined. This could lead to a real disastrous situation when you will be caught up during the retreat trying to plan out what to do next. This will give a sense of mismanagement to the team and you may lose a bit of your credibility.
Hire a motivational speakerA proper planning of retreat can make it more successful. You like the fact or not, not all the people like their bosses. The team which has been seeing you five days a week doesn’t really want to see much of you on the weekends. So you may also hire an external motivational speaker. It could be a refreshing change for them.
Employee retreats are a great way to build the team bonding and revisiting the company goals and missions. Plan it out well and it will give you the desired results.