If you’re looking to boost your company bottom line this year, consider a few strategies: ramp up the marketing program, expand product distribution, get lean on operations, and take a company retreat. Company retreat? How does this expense – occasionally characterized as a “mini vacation away from work” – make sense to improve your business? Here are some of our top reasons why and how to do a team building retreat right here at Sebasco Harbor Resort; the ideal Maine meeting venue for New England-based companies!Group events increase employee engagement
A recent report from RedBalloon/AltusQ found that companies with high employee engagement levels were up to 10 times more likely to see increased sales/profit compared to those with lower engagement. This report also found that group events (i.e. company lunches, nights out, coaching) helped improve employee engagement levels the most. After all, who isn’t more productive in a happy workplace that facilitates strong relationships with co-workers? A corporate teambuilding retreat is the perfect way to build this essential foundation for success. Here are some great tips that we harvested from Sarah Kessler’s “How to Plan a Company Retreat” article, published by Inc. Magazine, and summarized generally (though not in entirety) below:
Clearly define the purpose of the retreat:
What is the point of this session? How can a team building retreat best help your organization – both in the short- and long-term? What specific and tangible results should come from this retreat, and in what time frame? Questions like these will provide the framework for your agenda. Without specific goals in place, the retreat will most likely be less effective.
Invite the right people:
Whether it’s the senior management team, a single department, or a combination of the two – only invite the people that need to be at the event. What employees/stakeholders will be responsible for making the needed changes after this retreat? Those are the people that need to be there.
Hire a professional facilitator:
It’s always good to have an objective (and professional) person at the helm of the retreat. Whenever possible, avoid letting top company managers (like the CEO) take charge; employees may feel less comfortable in opening up.