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8 Ideas for Company Retreats That Will Boost Your Team’s Growth

Patrick Sipp

As a leader, your priority must be every employee’s mental and physical well-being. Fortunately, retreats are a great way to ensure employees are performing at the top of their game. A retreat’s goal is to help your employees grow, improve, and develop. Organizing a retreat for your team is an excellent way to promote bonding, growth, and team building.

Team-building activities create a positive and productive company culture. They help coworkers feel more connected to each other, which makes teamwork better. Furthermore, spending time with coworkers outside the office helps employees create better workplace relationships, feel more connective to their team, and help the business achieve their overall goals. Here are our top 8 team-building activities for company retreats.

  1. Explore a new place.
    To keep your employees creative and growing, give them the time and resources necessary to explore new environments. Exploring new places together can help you form a stronger bond, discover new things, and be more creative. It offers plenty of opportunities to spend time together and find new fun activities outside of work as well.A scavenger hunt is a fun and interactive team-building activity, and there are many options for pre-planned scavenger hunts in most destination cities. Your employees can even learn about their location’s history and interesting facts during the scavenger hunt.
  2. Host a trivia night.
    A trivia game is a great way to test your team’s knowledge. Divide your employees into groups and ask them company-related questions like “What year was the company founded?” or “How many countries does our company operate in?”. The team that answers the question correctly first wins the point. You can also offer fun prizes to make your team’s trivia night the best retreat team-building activity.
  3. Embark on an outdoor adventure.
    No matter where you plan your company retreat, include outdoor activities like hiking, boating, or ziplining. Your employees will feel invigorated from the fresh air and exercise and have time for casual socializing.Events can include themes that reflect the event’s destination and utilize local resources to their full potential. If you’re planning a retreat in Colorado, consider adding some snow tubing, ziplining, or hiking to your itinerary, depending on the time of year. An overnight white water rafting trip arrangement can be an even more adventurous experience. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the beach if your retreat destination is Florida. The most important thing is for your employees to get out there and have some fun with each other while stirring up a sense of adventure.
  4. Connect over a delicious dinner.
    Never forget how powerful a good meal can be. It’s a tradition in many strong company cultures to treat employees to a celebratory dinner or lunch. There’s nothing like celebrating your successes with good food and wine with your coworkers.Instead of having a traditional office party, rent out a local space or hire food trucks to come to the office to celebrate the win. A retreat that involves good food is bound to be successful.
  5. Consider a meditation retreat.
    A guided meditation retreat can help your employees achieve office zen. Being in a relaxed atmosphere can help them learn to calm their minds and enjoy the benefits of meditation including better memory, reduced stress, improved focus, and better communication. After all, people who meditate together often have synchronized brainwaves. How’s that for teamwork!
  6. Hold a sports day.
    Host an old-school sports day and take your coworkers back to the carefree days of childhood. Divide everyone into groups, have a sign-up sheet for each event to help with organization, and make it competitive. Competition is a great way to make friends!You can also arrange snacks like a popcorn machine and hot dog stand to bring the nostalgia back. And remember to bring a trophy for the winners to complete the experience.
  7. Get a group together for karaoke.
    A karaoke night is a great way to get your team laughing and cheering each other on. You can visit a karaoke bar for an enjoyable evening, or you can rent a karaoke machine and have a karaoke night without ever leaving your retreat spot.If you’re looking for a fun team-building activity to let you and your coworkers loosen up and show off your inner singer, karaoke might be a perfect choice.
  8. Plan an escape room activity.
    Escape rooms are a great way to get your whole team of employees involved as they try to beat the clock in an immersive environment. Your employees must work together to crack codes, uncover clues, and solve puzzles all within 60 minutes. This team-building activity is designed to increase collaboration, growth, communication, and leadership.

Final Thoughts

A team-building retreat or a group outing is an excellent way for coworkers to learn more about each other. It proves that even time spent away from work can benefit employees.

Allowing your employees to connect in-person and outside of work can create a stronger sense of belonging, making them more enthusiastic about returning to work when the time comes.


Written by Patrick Sipp.
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Patrick Sipp
Patrick Sipp of Flying Pig Adventures has been reintroducing his clients to the great outdoors. A recent trip to Yellowstone National Park included rafting and horseback riding. Patrick's love of the outdoors has given his guests an unforgettable adventure.


Patrick Sipp is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine.