Hosting corporate retreats in Texas is a great way to rejuvenate and reinvigorate your staff. Unfortunately, the thought of most corporate retreats makes Texas employees cringe as they imagine a long weekend of corny trust exercises or pointless meditation. Too often, corporate retreats in Texas can seem more like a forced weekend on the clock versus bonding with the boss and their peers. Here are some tips to make sure you host a corporate retreat Texas employees will love.
Allow your employees to be involved in the planning and decision-making
Like most things in the business world, giving employees ownership or involvement in a project ensures not only success but mutual pride. If they are involved in the planning of the events and the general run-of-show, you are less likely to hear any griping about the event or the usual host of excuses as to why some people can’t attend.
Evaluate whether or not speeches really need to happen live
The only person truly enthralled at a corporate speech is usually the person giving it. Think about whether or not you really need to hold your employees hostage in an auditorium while some guy in a suit who they’ve likely never even really met before waxes poetic about his leadership skills. Turn those speeches into videos that people can watch on the plane or in their hotel room and dedicate the time saved to more meaningful team building and bonding moments.
Use your budget to spend money on stuff people care about
Forget about the hibiscus shirts with the company logo or booking one-half of Fleetwood Mac. Eschew the personalized golf balls or the wine glasses with the cheeky motto on them about how booze fixes everything or how it’s always “wine-o-clock” somewhere. This kind of stuff just makes your company look cheap and uncool. Again, this is a great opportunity to tap your employees for their input.
Bond (and drink) responsibly
Speaking of drinks, there is a right way and a wrong way to serve alcohol at your event. Make sure you staff the bar appropriately so that folks spend more time mingling and less time waiting in line. Most importantly, don’t encourage people to drink. Your employees should never see your corporate retreat as an invitation to binge-drink and get hammered, and a big part of that is how the event is advertised within the company.
Corporate Retreats Texas
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103