5 Tips for Planning a Fun and Productive Corporate Retreat

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Maybe this is your first time planning a corporate retreat or you need to brush up on some new ideas. We here at Pacific Palms Resort have hosted many corporate meetings and events and understand what it takes to run a fun and productive corporate retreat. Once you have taken care of the basics, use these conference planning tips to host an event that will help to strengthen the camaraderie and motivation amongst your employees.

1. All Hands on Deck

Kick off your retreat with an all-hands meeting. Start by providing important company updates and then let your team leaders take some time to introduce their teams and what everyone has been working on. This is also the best opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the week/weekend and highlight why everyone is here and what they can expect out of the retreat. Take advantage of the opportunity to create some positive energy and get everyone excited!

2. Topic of Conversation

Take some time to deep dive into certain topics relevant to your industry. A few weeks prior to your retreat send a suggestion sheet, where people can offer up a topic they want to learn more about from another employee. These discussions can help teach something new and can be thought-provoking, while positively highlighting an employee and their contribution to the company. This is a great way to address everyone’s curiosity to learn more about a certain subject and spark some food for thought. 

3. The Power of Praise

Everyone responds well to praise and positive feedback, so why not take this opportunity to shine the light on your best employees, leaders, or teams? Be sure to take the time throughout the event to highlight not only your top performers but maybe a new team member and what you are excited about them bringing to the table. Everyone will feel appreciated and motivated, and let’s face it, that is the best recipe for any employee.

4. Work Hard, Play Hard

While there is always work involved with corporate retreats, there should be a little fun involved as well. Part of conducting a corporate retreat is to not only get work done but to spend quality time together. It is a chance to get to know everyone and create long lasting working relationships. The best way to do that is to add in some fun activities that everyone can take part in. Create some evening or day activities that offer everyone a chance to relax and have a little fun. And to top it off, plan a fun “last night” to celebrate the end of a successful retreat!

5. Guest Speaker

To help round out your corporate retreat, plan to have a keynote speaker that provides both inspirational thoughts, but also a little bit of a motivational push, for all attendees to walk away with. There is nothing more powerful with leaving everyone feeling like they can go conquer the world, or at the least their jobs. You want to make sure you are leaving the best impression on your attendees, so go out with a bang!

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