Investing in a corporate retreat comes with numerous benefits for your business — your employees will get a chance to regroup, rediscover their passion for their work, improve performance and productivity once you return to work, improve morale, and more. The goal of taking these retreats is typically to stimulate future productivity by allowing your employees to take a break, reconnect, and relax at a desired getaway. Planning a corporate retreat can come with a lot of pressure — so in today’s blog we are going to cover the basics of planning a retreat in order to help you with executing an exciting, relaxing, and productive getaway that your employees will be raving about for years to come.
Establish the purpose, goals and objectives of your retreat
Going into retreat planning, you should know what exactly it is you are hoping to accomplish from it. Is it to provide your employees with some time to relax and recoup? Work on a project? Take on team building exercises? Or something else? A great way to figure this out is to take note of any issues that might be happening within your company. For example, if there is some tension or lack of communication between some employees, some team building and or completing a project might be a good goal. If you feel as though your employees could use a break in order to increase productivity, a luxury beach vacation is probably a good route to consider. Either way, Ketsali in Latin America can accommodate almost any and all goals you have for your retreat.
Set a budget
Setting a budget is one of the most important factors of planning a corporate retreat, as you will want to have a clear understanding on how much money you will be spending on hosting this event. You will have to consider travel costs, lodging, food and drink, and other expenses. It is best to sit down with the other executive(s) you are planning this retreat with and get a good feel for the costs before moving forward with planning.
Figure out dates, duration, and a list of attendees
Before you make any solid plans, getting a solid list of everyone who will be in attendance of the retreat is a must. We suggest sending out a form to your employees to see which dates most can attend, and plan it for then. After setting the dates, send out a formal invite to your employees and get a solid list of attendees so that you can move forward with your planning process. As for how long the retreat should last — seven days (at least) is ideal, as this allows for sufficient results if your goal is to work on team building and productivity. This also allows for ample time to explore and visit the retreat location and venue that you end up choosing.
Allow your employees to have a say in the process
This is a huge one. You want to plan a spot where most of your employees will want to go, and doing activities that everyone will enjoy. Once you have your set list of attendees, send out a questionnaire of some sort with a few options for each.
Set your location and venue
This step will undoubtedly make or break your corporate retreat experience. Even if your retreat is in a beautiful beach town — if your venue is cramped or not up to par on cleanliness, your employees are not going to feel nearly as comfortable or relaxed. You want them to feel as though they are on vacation so that they can come back to work feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on their next tasks. You also want enough space to put on corporate team building activities if that is something you are looking to incorporate into your retreat. Ketsali is a great option if you decide you are looking for an exciting getaway in Latin America, as we offer large, luxurious homes in the midst of a thriving culture.
Plan your agenda
This step is also crucial for executing a successful corporate retreat, as you want to at least have a general plan in place — especially if you have specific goals for your retreat. The options are seemingly endless, especially if you choose a location that has a lot to offer. This can include outdoor adventures, conferences, parties, dinner, nights on the town, team building games, and so on. For some fun ideas for your corporate retreat that everyone is sure to enjoy, check out these 35 fun company retreat team building activities. By scheduling everything, you are sure to set yourself up for success and keep all of your guests happy.
If you are on the hunt for a luxurious place to stay in a thriving tropical city filled with music, food, and adventure, contact Ketsali today. We seek to bring our guests together for unique, luxury experiences by offering homes in Latin America for families and corporate retreats. We would be more than happy to assist you with creating the experience of a lifetime that your corporate team won’t soon forget!