Hosting a company-wide retreat can be a great way to promote collaboration between your various departments. With the day-to-day nature of business, employees can feel isolated from the rest of the organization (even in small companies) as they focus on department or function-specific goals and objectives. They may want, but do not have the opportunity, to interact in a strategic capacity with their counterparts across the company. Also, a company-wide retreat is a great way for your team to get to know each other on a personal level outside of the office environment, which often brings people closer together and can improve working relationships. When planning a company-wide retreat, here are a few factors to consider:
Know your goal
Your first task should be to identify the goal of the retreat. Is it employee-centric such as improving corporate culture? Is it client-centric such as brainstorming a new marketing strategy? Or is it a little of both? Beginning with the end goal in mind is always the best place to start as it will guide your entire agenda throughout.
Focus on Team Building
One of the greatest benefits of a company-wide retreat is the opportunity for team members across your organization to get to know one another. Use this to your advantage by incorporating team building activities into the retreat. Mix up the groups to have a nice representation of each department. This can empower each person to serve as the “expert” for their specific area. It is also a great platform to uncover hidden talents in your employees.
Post-Retreat Action Plans
Don’t leave all of the creative juice at the retreat site. Make sure to document action plans. Assign post-retreat responsibilities accordingly and follow-up with the attendees on the progress of those action plans. Show your employees that you value their hard work and perspective at the retreat and commit to bringing those ideas to life.
Breaking away from the daily routine can have an energizing effect on people. Plan ahead and pay special attention to the logistics to ensure the event runs smoothly so you can focus on your employees and the goal of the retreat. When done right, a company-wide retreat can have a positive impact on your bottom line and the morale of your organization.