Corporate retreats are often intended for purposes of general relaxation, team-building and brainstorming of new ideas. Members can relax, share experiences encountered throughout the work period, often a year, in a relaxed and tension-free atmosphere.
These are the places where the junior employees can find a chance to interact freely with their superiors.
In most cases, a small group is allocated the task of coming up with topics, methods, ideas and activities that would lead to a successful organizational retreat. The activities that eventually see the light of day often depend on what the group agrees on. However, here are some things that are likely to appear in nearly every corporate retreat.
Presentations over dinner
Dinner is a healthy time when the day is just coming to an end, everyone has had a series of experiences throughout the day and is all set to rest. People usually find this a quality time to share and talk in the form of short presentations. The no-hurry kind of atmosphere makes it a prime time for general disclosure or self-disclosure.
Games are perfect team building tools. There is a whole lot of them that can be played at different times during a company retreat. You could plan for four or five different games to be played by different groups. In most cases, there are no men-women games. Rather, people just play together without isolating any gender.
Some dice and some cards are great as both indoor and outdoor games. Provided that you bring the game along, it will naturally get played. You don’t have to push or influence members, they will naturally start and continue playing.
Corporate retreats are normally meant to prepare the people for the coming year or work period. Other than relax their minds and cement relations between them, members are normally trained on certain relational and essential skills.
This could involve training people to get better in their time management, a delegation of duties, problem-solving or situational leadership. Retreats are the best times to offer training on such skills as there is enough space and time free from the distraction of work and people can learn better. You’ll typically give lessons and ask participants to act them out. That’s how adults learn.
The list of activities can be longer. Nonetheless, these activities are highly unlikely to miss out in any corporate retreat.
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