The Benefits of Company Retreats

Earlier this week, Bravo went on its annual company retreat. Bravo staffers enjoyed equal parts planning and playing, with an itinerary involving Bravo imperatives, spa sessions and wine and chocolate pairings.

Obviously, everyone was more energetic than usual when they returned.

I asked Noelle Lorrine, Bravo’s digital specialist, how the retreat went, and she told me that it was “a great balance between enjoying time with colleagues, reflecting on the year and planning for the future.”

I asked some of Bravo’s other employees what they felt were the benefits of company retreats. Here’s what they had to say.

1. Company retreats allow employees to relax and revitalize.

A company retreat allows employees to get away from the stressful environment of the office and relax, helping them to regroup and rediscover their passion.

Bill Miller, Senior Director at Bravo, feels that this relaxation is key to increasing productivity. “I would describe it as a great way to ‘reset’ your perspective on your job, the people you work with, and the company you work for,” he said.

Company Retreat2. Company retreats foster personal relationships.

“Company retreats allow you to spend facetime with coworkers you normally don’t interact with regularly,” said Lauren Manelius, Account Executive.  “That’s my favorite part!”

This facetime in a relaxed atmosphere helps foster personal, meaningful connections. People become their true selves when they’re relaxed, so they communicate more honestly. Retreats allow employees to have fun and get to know each other personally, developing real personal relationships that will only strengthen their professional ones. Company retreats that involve team building exercises can also strengthen staff cooperation. Team builders teach employees how work together effectively and use individual strengths to attain group goals.

For many people at Bravo, this social interaction was their favorite aspect of the retreat.

Megan Earley, Account Coordinator, said, “Being able to get to know each other outside the office is key to building stronger work relationships within the offices.

3. Company retreats get employees in a great mindset to evaluate and plan for the company.

All of this relaxation and team building often leads to synergy, or when everyone starts thinking and moving in the same direction. Also, being in a new environment allows employees to get a fresh perspective and think in new ways. Relaxation promotes open and honest collaboration and encourages creativity. These benefits make company retreats a great time to reflect on the company and plan for its future.

“Specifically, it allows us to discuss what Bravo was in the past, what the company is right now, and what we – the people who comprise Bravo Group – want it to be,” said Sean Connolly, Senior Director.

Here are some links for more information on the benefits of company retreats.

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/company-retreats-good-productivity-37136.html

http://www.business2community.com/human-resources/what-are-the-various-benefits-of-corporate-retreats-0279236

http://www.bridebusinessbuilders.com/business-retreat-series/5-advantages-to-having-a-business-retreat/

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Kayla Krebs, Harrisburg Intern
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