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Amazingly Simple Tips to Create Company Retreat with Value

HR Tech Outlook | Monday, June 14, 2021

It isn't rocket science to plan a good retreat, but it does require some critical thinking and pre-planning to get the most out of the event.

FREMONT, CA: The terms "employee engagement" and "employees happiness" have recently become mantras among HR professionals. The new workforce expects benefits, bonuses, and flexible work hours. The most effective tactics have begun to emerge across industries as organizations change and adapt to young workers.There are many concrete and intangible benefits to consider when promoting employee wellbeing, from in-office snacks to remote work.

It isn't rocket science to plan a good retreat, but it does require some critical thinking and pre-planning to get the most out of the event. For a crucial guide to arranging the most splendid getaway for your organization, follow the seven steps below.

  • Define Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Without defining what defines a good retreat, getting buy-in from high management will be difficult. If one can link the outcomes to revenues, one'll get bonus points.

  1. With an informal survey, Morale Boost can track staff attrition before and after the event and employee satisfaction.
  2. To build inter-departmental ties, tear down boundaries between departments, and have each person explain their job in their terms.
  3. Take professional images throughout the event to post on company social media accounts or websites so that potential workers may learn more about company culture.
  • Schedule the Event

Consider the work schedules of employees. If an organization is just an accounting firm, the retreat in April and the months building up to it'd be a horrible idea. Use the occasion as an annual celebration to reward employees for their hard work following a particularly hectic season.

  • Confirm Attendance

The retreats that are the most successful are those that have leadership buy-in. Confirm the presence of C-level executives to remove hierarchy during the event. Take it a step ahead and have the leaders plan icebreaker activities or themed days for the duration of the retreat.

  • Book the Location & Transportation

It's all about the place. Consider the distance between the workplace and the event site. If alcohol will be offered, ensure conveyance to or from the gathering is scheduled.

  • Negotiate Pricing

Confirm any special discounts before billing the company card because one is looking for this big bunch. There are often savings offered because one brings much business to the transportation company and even the gathering site.

  • Plan Events

Don't forget to schedule the retreat's activities! These can be informal networking events or simple icebreakers. Consider KPIs at this point, as some actions will significantly impact the overall aim than others.

  • Revisit the Original KPIs

After the retreat is over, look through the goals one set before heading to the venue. It's a fantastic opportunity to get feedback. Meanwhile, recognizing what went well and what didn't will be critical as each year passes in preparing bigger and better getaways.

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