Work Retreat: How Getting Out of the Office is Good for Business

Posted by North Oaks Golf Club on Dec 5, 2018 12:26:05 PM

Work RetreatWorking in the office is important for getting the job done, but every once in a while getting out for some new scenery and even a little fun can be very beneficial to your business. Here are some great ways work retreats can give your company a little boost.

Team Building

While confined to their small workspace, many employees can get bogged down by individual work and feel like they’re flying solo. This can make it more difficult to maintain a team atmosphere. Company outings are one of the best ways to bring your employees together.

Employees who work side-by-side can spend one-third of a day together up to five days a week. But that’s not necessarily the most conducive way for them to get to know each other. Instead, office retreats can provide an excellent chance for co-workers to share and connect outside of the workplace. Getting to know each other can also reveal some hidden talents and interests that aren’t visible because many employees are doing the same thing every day.

Giving Morale a Boost

There are many benefits to keeping your employees happy. High morale can cultivate better leaders amongst employees. It can also increase productivity, strengthen loyalty, and boost creativity and collaboration among your team. While compensation is important, it doesn’t always equal high morale. Work outings are rewards for employees and demonstrate that you care about their well-being and want them to succeed.

Encourage Reflection

Every employee could benefit from having some time to reflect. Contemplating their successes and where they have room for improvement will only help them grow and develop, both personally and professionally. This will help the company progress, as well.

Foster New Ideas

Peeling away from computer screens and day-to-day office distractions mean employees can immerse themselves in new settings and surroundings. Some new scenery can encourage employees to switch things up and embrace new ways of thinking. This environment can be a great way to nurture new ideas and potentially spark inspiration because it helps team members step away from the norm and think outside the box.

Happy Hours to Volunteering: Endless Possibilities for Fun

All employees deserve to have a little fun and it’s especially important when your company is busy and everyone is stressed. So, what are some ideas of things you can do for your employees? You could always start out small. Planning weekly or monthly happy hours is an easy way to get out of the office, reward your team, and show employees their hard work is appreciated.

You could also consider more organized activities like scavenger hunts, cooking or painting classes, golfing, or ropes courses. These activities can re-energize employees and encourage them to have fun while also working together. Setting up a volunteer day is also a great way to encourage team building. Employees will feel great about not only working together but doing some good for their community as well.

Capping off any planned outing with a nice dinner will also show your employees your appreciation. No matter what you do, any office outing is sure to help your employees stay happy, healthy, and motivated.

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