Are employee retreats a good idea?

Retreats may seem like a good way to build teamwork, but they aren’t for everyone. Here’s how to determine if taking one is right for your team.

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Are company retreats a good idea?

Ask yourself: Does it make sense to pack up your staff, ship them off to a hotel somewhere nice, and spend a few days developing a long-term vision, cranking out a new product, or getting to know each other better without outside distractions?

Or, would it make more sense to save your money, spend a little more on the perks you know your team enjoys, and focus on building a stable, scalable, in-it-for-the-long-haul company culture?

Let’s take a look at both sides of the issue.

Company retreats improve HR metrics

The logic behind company retreats is compelling. If your business requires teamwork to succeed—and most businesses do—a company retreat is a great way to build and solidify important relationships among employees.

The regular workday is full of distractions. If it’s not dentist appointments and traffic jams, it’s employee onboarding and overflowing inboxes. It can feel almost impossible to block out a few hours to work together as a group, never mind a few days.

A company retreat cuts out distractions and lets your team focus on getting the job done.

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