You're sitting in the audience, holding your stomach because your muscles have tightened from the laughter. Your eyes are filled with water, tears streaming down your face, with your mouth wide open from the laughter. You are beating your chair and your lap trying to catch your breath from the laughter. No, you're not in a comedy club listening to your favorite comedian.
You're standing up screaming, go, go, go! Cheering at the top of your lungs for your team to win! Hands clapping serving as encouragement to help a teammate make it to the finish line! Jumping up and down because the person you were rooting for made it to the goal line! No, you're not at a sporting event.
You're standing in anticipation, waiting for the ball to fall on your number and color. Or, you're waiting patiently for the dealer to reveal the right number. You're sitting at the machine hoping for a match to come on the screen. No, you're not at a casino in Las Vegas. You are at your company retreat!
A retreat is the withdrawal of a company (employer and employees) from the stresses and frustrations of the workplace into a temporary place of refuge. A company retreat helps build your company's workforce. They get to leave the distractions of the workplace and enjoy a more relaxing environment. Whenever a person is relaxed, their creative juices can flow easily.
Even a job you love can become stressful after a while. Getting your employees away from the stresses of the workplace can keep them from cracking, feeling burnt out and it also lets them know they are appreciated.
You and your employees see each other every day. By having a company retreat, you can see each other in a more relaxed atmosphere that will improve communication, enhance trust and give an appreciation and respect for each other's position and what it brings to the company.
Company retreats can be held at many location types: cruises, all-inclusive resorts, landmarks or even at a theme park resort. By holding your company retreat at one of these travel entities, you will have the help of a professional staff to help you set it up. Most resorts and cruises have on-site event planners who can help you set up the entire retreat; from the booking of hotel rooms, to setting up your meetings and activities, all at one price. If your business finances can not handle a long distance trip, then find a reclusive venue nearby.
There are venues that specialize in team building. You can choose the activities you want and have a team of professionals set up your retreat. This is a great way to keep you from stressing out during the setup process. Let the professionals know what you plan to accomplish during your retreat and they can take it from there. Hiring professionals to set up you retreat will help make sure your retreat is truly memorable and fun. This will prevent your company retreat from becoming just two drawn days of seminars and presentations. The professional staff will give your training fun games and activities that teach teamwork and utilize communication skills. They will make sure there is a balance between work-related exercises and simple fun activities, along with keeping you focused on your purpose for having the retreat, to help your employees stay on track. On the last night of the retreat, you can all enjoy a nice get together like a casino night to end your retreat with a bang!