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5 top company retreat activities for 2023

By Julian Canlas

Companies host retreat activities for employees to connect, team up, and learn more about each other. Depending on the activities you prepare, your team can experience various benefits – from enhanced teamwork to better communication skills.

A case study from EventMobi shows how the company successfully boosted employee learning and engagement during their annual company retreat. The company hosts team-building activities every year – from participating in cooking classes to surfing in the Atlantic Ocean. Hosting retreats also allowed EventMobi’s employees to get to know each other on a more personal level.

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In the meantime, let’s check out our top five picks of the best company retreat activities to get stuck into in 2023.

What are company retreat activities?

Company retreat activities are organised events designed to engage and entertain employees during a company retreat. These activities are an opportunity for your team members to bond while developing teamwork and collaboration skills. Depending on your prepared list of activities, your team can enhance skills such as communication, leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving, which are crucial at work.

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Why are company retreat activities important?

  • Build trust: Corporate retreats help build trust between your team members by making them participate in team-building exercises such as trust fall, egg drop, and many more.
  • Fulfil a desire for in-person contact: Research from TravelPerk showed that 25% of employees in remote or hybrid setups miss working and interacting with their peers in person. By hosting annual or semi-annual retreats, you’re fulfilling a potential desire for more in-person contact with their colleagues.
  • Boost employee happiness: A Ford study showed that happy employees are 20% more productive than unhappy employees. Company retreat activities can create a sense of community, which can boost employee happiness.

Top five company retreat activities

Here are our top five picks of activities to pull off a successful company retreat:

1. Embrace the wild outdoors

Book this Edwardian castle and lodges in Wigtown and enjoy picturesque views and wide open spaces. With its large lot area, your team can enjoy outdoor activities, such as fishery, falconry, or camping, for a unique experience. Plus, you may also use its big space to play fun games and activities like scavenger hunts or kickball.

2. Swimming

Nothing says a relaxing day off more than spending your team offsite swimming in a nature-inspired luxury resort country house. With its tranquil swimming pool and mesmerising views, this’ll be a retreat to remember.

Organising swimming-related activities is a refreshing and enjoyable way to encourage teamwork and collaboration. Whether you plan on organising relay races or playing marco polo, teams must communicate and collaborate to win the game.

3. Karaoke

karaoke is one of the best indoor team-building activities when you're on a budget. Let your team members unleash their singing skills and belt out their favourite tunes by hosting a karaoke session. Singing together can be a fun and effective way to foster teamwork, boost morale, and build stronger bonds among your team members. Karaoke combines elements of entertainment, collaboration, and self-expression.

4. Rowing

Take your retreat to the next level by organising a rowing activity. Head out to the nearest beach or lake, and rent out kayaks, paddleboards, or canoes for an exhilarating day on the water. You can organise individual or team races, with the winner receiving a prize at the end.

5. Trivia night

Test your employees' knowledge with a game of trivia over a couple of drinks and mouth-watering food. Split everyone into teams and ask questions - whether they’re work-related questions or general knowledge ones. Don't forget to offer prizes too.

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Planning a fun and memorable company retreat goes beyond hosting team lunches or board game nights. Work retreats present the opportunity for employees to interact in a relaxed environment and develop new skills. For the most suitable retreat venues, book with Basejam today!

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