26/09/2021

Are corporate retreats the key to banishing business burnout?

business burnout

If you want to motivate and re-energise your workforce, an increasingly popular way of doing so is to take your employees on a company retreat.

Could this be the key to banishing burnout within your business and promoting wellness?

Benefits of company retreats

Company retreats are exciting and can be fun when done right. This time away from the office gives your team something to look forward to and to work towards throughout the year.

Here are 5 benefits of taking your workforce away for a company retreat:

  1. Gives employees a break from the office

Very few of us enjoy looking at the same four walls every day, so a company retreat is a great chance to take your staff out of the office environment to unwind and enjoy themselves.

  • Employees feel valued

Although using monetary methods to improve satisfaction shouldn’t be your only priority, employees will feel valued and appreciated knowing that you went out of your way to pay and organise a retreat for them.

  • Employees can connect on a personal level

Company retreats are a time when your staff can talk to each other without the pressures of work.

Instead of having to talk about work-related things, they can get to know each other a lot better on a personal level which will in turn create stronger working relationships.

  • Improves relationships across departments

If you’re operating a larger business, staff in different departments may have never got the chance to meet or talk before the retreat.

Use a retreat to improve relationships across your whole business by encouraging people in different departments to spend time together.

  • Boosts morale and motivation

Most employees will feel refreshed and invigorated after a company retreat. This will usually mean that they will be a lot more motivated once they return to work and feel more dedicated to the business.

Other methods of banishing burnout in your business

Corporate retreats are a great way to allow employees to unwind and switch off from their usual job, but it can’t be seen as a quick fix to low employee morale.

I suggest corporate retreats be used as a motivator alongside more regular staff bonding activities.

Here are some other activities you can engage your employees in to banish business burnout:

  • Regular appraisals that focus on workload and mental health
  • Monthly staff game nights, quizzes etc.
  • Introduce ways of flexible working – e.g. optional hotdesking in various departments, remote work, flexible hours etc.
  • Regular staff satisfaction surveys and feedback sessions
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Scott Dylan
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Scott Dylan

I’m Scott Dylan, Fresh Thinking Group Founder and Partner. I oversee the strategic direction of the company, which I created to help, acquire and invest in both distressed and viable companies together with helping businesses improve their business processes and setting strategic directions.