There has been a recent surge of companies wanting to host a team building retreat. As companies return to work in their office spaces – team building is back in focus. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, employees got starved of social contact. With many of us working from home or furloughed, it’s good to have collaborative workspaces back up and running.

However, whilst everyone is working hard at their desks, it can be hard to get everyone to integrate socially, as there is often little time to spare. So, companies are organising team-building exercises to bring their teams closer together. Not only this but, team building gets taken to the next level with a team-building retreat. Allowing your employees to get away, let their hair down, and grow closer as a team is said to boost productivity and workplace morale.

So, with this in mind, what are the key elements involved in planning a successful team-building retreat?

Inspiring location

A team-building retreat gets centred around the perfect location. Optimising team bonding is a priority. So, the right place is of paramount importance. The location you choose will determine the activities you undertake on your retreat.

For example, staying in some serviced apartments in London will offer an abundance of cosmopolitan team building activities. Such as crazy golf, cocktail making or an art class. Not only this, but London boasts a variety of evening entertainment too. Therefore, making the retreat one to remember.

Alternatively, a country retreat would bring a peaceful vibe to the retreat. Try archery, horse riding or water sports and go back to a homely country cottage for some relaxation.

Bonding activities

Bonding activities are perfect when bringing your team together. When planning your bonding activities, you should account for the group size, age-range and physical ability. Choose inclusive activities that everyone can get involved with. So, be mindful of this.

Bonding activities should be fun and engaging. Steer clear of serious, work-related talk and activities as this is a time exclusively for relaxation.

Time for reflection

Once you’ve finished your retreat, you should leave some time to reflect on everyone’s thoughts. Here you could discuss personal development, what you’ve learnt and how you can implement this into your daily life. You could also take some time to share positive thoughts on one another. Share some kind words, positive feedback, or encouragement with your colleagues. Doing this will round off your retreat nicely and give everyone a warm sense of encouragement – helping them get ready to start back at work.

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Ed Smith – Ed took a keen understanding of business through his studies and early business ventures. He now looks to advise start-ups and is extremely keen to make sure every entrepreneur gets the advice which could make their business venture a success. He has been a guest author on various high authority business sites.