Corporate retreats often sound like an oxymoron. Nobody thinks of a work trip and imagines fun, and usually the things that are supposed to be fun on a corporate retreat end up being just what one guy in charge thinks is fun. If you’re looking for a place to hold corporate retreats Carmel CA might be a place to start, but until then, here are some things that might help your employees get through the next one you have planned.
The first thing you need to do is make sure you know what went right (and wrong) with the last corporate retreat. If everyone left the retreat complaining about an activity that nobody wanted to participate in, you might want to leave that one out.
Also remember that you work with fellow adults. Avoid cheesy team building exercises and stick to the classic games that have set the trend for building teamwork and getting to know others. Inventing something new just because you don’t want to play the same games as last year may have some backlash. It’s it something kitschy and childish, you may not have everyone engaged the way you want them to be.
Keep your team members engaged by giving them active roles in providing material for the retreat. The more everyone is invested in setting everything up, the more interested they will be throughout the remainder of the trip.
Make sure that everyone is on equal footing at your retreat. Don’t use seniority in a place meant to build comfortable working relationships and strengthen bonds. Your employees might start the retreat out intimidated and perhaps nervous, having to form teams and play games with higher ups, but don’t let that get in the way of having fun.