A company retreat is an investment in your team and your organization’s future. It is an opportunity to connect and forge lasting relationships, break down barriers built by computers and technology, inspire creativity and new ideas and reinforce the company mission. It should become a part of your organization’s culture and tradition.
Unplug to reconnect.
Your team members are stuck behind a computer screen every day and communicate through IM, email and phone. Bring your people together for some face-to-face time and engage them the old-fashioned way – take a walk and talk, have a fireside chat, work on a whiteboard. Engage all your senses to reflect on the work you’ve accomplished and be truly present to collaborate on your strategy for the future.
Reward and build comradery.
Your employees make you look good, but how often can you actually give them a pat on the back? Throw a party at the Helderberg Brewery & Taproom, organize a trivia tournament, or collaborate on a custom team brew. Or, take your team to Myosotis lake for a day of swimming, kayaking and BBQ! Reward inventiveness and hard work with something special, create team memories, and build a sense of value and company loyalty that binds your MVPs together for the long haul.
Studies show that time in nature boosts creativity and productivity. Your team enjoys a homey worksite and flexible schedule, but people are creatures of habit – and our work patterns are just that—patterns. Break out of the box with some fresh air and fun with your teammates outdoors. Savor a little solitude sitting beside the 120-foot cascading Rensselaerville Waterfalls, or have a one-on-one brainstorming session exploring the back 40 of the Huyck Nature Preserve.
Refocus on the company mission.
As a growing company, you are moving at a rapid pace. It’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of e-mails, tasks and projects in the day-to-day. The serenity and privacy of our campus provides the perfect atmosphere to take a step back and refocus on the bigger picture. Take this time to reinforce your company mission and top strategic goals. This will rally your team and send them back to the office with a renewed sense of purpose and drive.