Every year most corporations organize a retreat for their staff members. Basically, it is time to get away from the office and take a vacation (of sorts) on the company’s account. Of course, retreats are not all fun and games, but they incorporate some work aspects. For instance, the finance Team may take this opportunity to discuss the financial reports for the year ending and propose some budget items for the next year.
- Rewards, Anyone?
Still, the better part of the retreat is spent doing non-official work. It is a form of reward by the company employees for giving their best during the year and motivating them to want to do the same the next year. It is also the best time to let loose so they can talk to their seniors in a way they would their peers without the restrictions of the office or without fear of incrimination.
- Casual Interaction
All work and no play makes Jackie a dull girl. The current workplace has made it hard to balance life and work and so most employees spend more time at the office than they do at home or anywhere else. It is only healthy that they get to interact on a deeper level with the same people that they spend their most time with in a day. Being together in a serene place will give them the chance to get to know each other and even relate better when they get back to the office. Interestingly, most employers do not know their employees that well. Having one-on-one conversations with them outside the office shows you the unexplored talent you have in your employ.
- Tap on their Creativity
Offices are not the best places to induce creativity. Workers are ever on the move with so much expected from them that they sometimes find it hard to think outside the box. Nothing taps on creativity like a weekend away in idyllic island with the sound of water as your backdrop. Great ideas are generated during retreats as employees are relaxed and under no pressure.
- Report Reading
Every employee plays their role in the company achieving its set goal and hitting its targets. Involving them in reports will not only make every member of the staff feel important, but it will also show them how they contribute to organizational goals. Showing them how effective cost management leads to profitability and an increase in their bonuses makes them responsible for cost reduction. During a retreat is the best time to tell them why downgrading to a smaller commercial countertop display refrigerator will mean lower power consumption for the company and hence a bigger retreat the next year.
- No Better Way to end the Year
Is there a better way to end the year that through a retreat? Not really. Besides, the expenses of tax-deductible as it is for the welfare of your staff, so your company will not have much to lose. It’s usually the small things that matter, remember and so those getaways could win your employees’ loyalty.