Company retreats are fun morale boosters with a secret mission of getting things done. Your employees are enjoying the get-a-way, but your company has the opportunity to collect feedback, find solutions, facilitate strategic planning, and discuss other items concerning long-term vision, which seem to never get addressed during the day-to-day. Retreats provide a platform to fix problems, like employee conflicts, revenue growth stalls, or on-going patient complaints.Company retreats are morale-boosters that also get things done! Click To Tweet
You don’t need to spend too much to change your environment, which is key to finding a new perspective that allows for solving problems and bonding. Here’s a few fun retreat spots that are affordable:
- Trendy co-working spaces that rents conference rooms for a day (Free coffee and rustic decor usually included!)
- Your backyard (Outdoor picnics work extremely well. Just bring a white board.)
- A friend or relative’s weekend mountain or beach house
- An Airbnb rental (This could be in a nearby destination just or your town just to change up the setting. They have tree houses!)
- An event space or restaurant that’s sleepy during the week
- A nearby campground or a park
Read on for more on why these retreats really work.
Allows your team to bond
A little adventure comes along all retreats, even if they have relatively simple logistics. Whether it’s car pooling, pitching a tent, or making a meal together, great team bonding exercises will happen naturally. This a great way to get to know your staff on a more personal level and develop relationships and understanding that will improve life back at the office. You also get the chance to do something nice for the team. People remember and appreciate kindness and fun. John Hall, a writer for Forbes states that, “Employees who feel valued and appreciated by their leaders are infinitely more likely to go above and beyond for the company and hold themselves accountable for their part of a project.”Here's how to get your eye care team to go above and beyond Click To Tweet
Provides dedicated time to solve issues or design strategy
Is your team stuck on a project? Sometimes it takes a little of getting away from the issue to actually solve it. As we mentioned above, during the typical workday, your practice has to be 100% focused on the immediate needs of patients. This leaves little time for long-term planning and discussion around how to make improvements.
You might have something on your desk now, an article, a review by a consultant, a complaint, or proposals for various facilities upgrades, that keep being pushed to the side. That’s totally understandable. Often we can’t make decisions because decisions include others. A retreat gives you that platform to address your more executive cohorts or the whole group about changes that effect everyone.
Bringing in other experts to provide leadership training or motivational speeches, is another way to use this time to invest in your future. A skilled, strong, focused, energized team is the key to on-going success.How to address your eye care organization's problems in a few days Click To Tweet
Exposes hidden talents
The office environment typically does not provide ways for your team to show off their other talents. Someone’s hidden talent could be really helpful to your business, or just really cool to know. Allowing others to shine has a ripple effect of positivity. Here are some examples of types of people whose hidden skills can be great for the office:
- A social media guru
- A seasoned builder or home-improver
- A great cook or caterer
- A skilled financial planner
- A talented painter (Free art!)
- A people person with excellent crisis-management skills or diplomacy
- A person knowledgeable about emergency preparedness
- A great musician (Your holiday party could use the upgrade.)
- A smart negotiator
A company retreat is an awesome opportunity to expose your employee’s hidden talents and also a way for you to show off yours.