If you are looking for an effective way for your team to relax and forget about the daily hustle and grind, going on a retreat will be a great option. Your team members can express their personality and bond with each other through a retreat. Various studies have supported the fact that retreats increase employee productivity at the workplace.
To make your team members motivate for a retreat, you need to plan well. However, as a leader, you may not give retreat planning the attention it deserves. Planning a successful retreat can be a complex affair that can bog you down if you don’t know the steps to follow. Specific actions must be addressed to ensure the success of the retreat. Keep the following tips in mind when planning a retreat.
What is the Purpose of the Retreat?
You should identify and communicate the purpose of the retreat to your team. Depending on your organization, your retreat may serve one or more purposes. You should be clear on what the retreat should achieve when it ends. You can consult with other team leaders to get their input on what the objectives of the retreat should be.
Everyone should understand that the retreat is not an end itself, no matter what objectives you may be looking to achieve. The retreat is one of the many steps that will have to be taken to sustain the organization and make the team more productive. The processes and results to be gotten from retreats should fit with the normal workload as well as activities to be undertaken.
It is important that your team understands the goals of the retreat. Every team member should be on the same page with you with regards to what the retreat will achieve. If there is no clarity of purpose, the retreat is likely to fail. If you don’t have a particular set of goals you would like to achieve, you are also likely to fail with the retreat. This is why it is important to share your expectations with the team members so that everyone is one the same page with regards to the purpose of the retreat.
Choose the Right Retreat Facilitator
To have a successful retreat, you need the right facilitator. The facilitator should be involved in the planning of the retreat from the onset. Inasmuch as you may want to facilitate the retreat, sometimes it makes sense to get outside help. For example, when all team members are involved in planning the retreat, making certain decisions can take a long time due to opposing views from the participant. In this scenarios, using a facilitator from outside will make things easier.