Corporate Team Building Retreats are Good Business

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.

Maine corporate retreats can be fun! (Really!)

There are many great reasons why so many New England-based companies head to Sebasco for corporate meetings and company events in Maine. Flexibility ranging from an on-site afternoon meeting to overnight stays for busy organizations that may want to book a “last-minute” event. It’s also why stressed-out professionals appreciate our calmer pace here on Maine’s Midcoast, with our breathtaking oceanfront views on over 550 acres. Only one hour north of Portland, we have dozens of meeting rooms, several suitable outdoor venues, and more than 133 guest rooms. And, above all, we know how to help you create the ultimate (and fun) team building retreat!

Whether you have 2 or 250 attendees, our full-service conference staff will work closely with you to assess your group’s meeting needs and goals. If powerful teambuilding sessions are at the top of your list, we have plenty of energizing group activities that can be tailored for your own group’s unique objectives. Here are just a handful of the many options we offer:

Ocean Teambuilding Environment (in partnership with Seaspray Kayaking)Golf Scramble TournamentNite-Lite GolfTennis Round RobinPirate’s Treasure HuntCandlepin Bowling & Ping Pong TournamentsScavenger HuntBike RaceHorseshoe Toss

If you are looking to add a special dining event onto your corporate retreat, Sebasco can fully accommodate everything from a classic Maine Lobsterbake harbor side on the pool lawn, to a formal banquet for up to 300 guests in the Cornelius Room. We’ll work with you to determine the best place for your dining and teambuilding exercises – with available options on the Pool Lawn, the Village Green, as well as on the patio and grounds adjacent to the Golf Pro Shop. When it comes to meeting venues in Maine, we should be at the top of your short list.

Let’s start team building!

Embarking on a fun retreat to make your team stronger and to potentially boost your business profitability? Sounds like the best of both worlds! Complete our Request for Proposal form online or call 800-225-3819 (extension 2) to request more information or to book your retreat. Corporate packages are also available. Let us help you create the most effective – and memorable – Maine corporate retreat or team building event today!