As the economy continues to recover, businesses show a growing interest in using company retreats as a way to improve communication, morale, and job-related skills among employees. Shedding their image as wastefully extravagant, retreats have sought to gain a new image as a way of reducing employee stress while energizing their enthusiasm for their job and the goals of the business. Company retreats have become a powerful tool that business owners are using to improve employer-employee relations.
“Company retreats give employees something to look forward to and strive toward while building team morale,” says Tara Koch, spokesperson for Endless Escapes, a travel company that helps businesses plan their retreats. “The human body takes three days to physically unwind. With everything people are juggling these days, they need to unwind and disengage, and a corporate retreat is a great way for them to come back much stronger.”
The new view of company retreats is much more scaled down than in the past. Gone is the wasteful decadence, which has been replaced by a more sensible approach. The idea is to be clear about the focus and goals of the retreat so that both the business and the employees benefit from it. By following a few basic guidelines, you can create a successful company retreat that will be enjoyable and noteworthy to all who attend.