With 2020 behind us, it's time to turn the calendar page for a fresh start. A small team retreat is a great way to reset after a stressful year, providing an opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges, and set the tone for your team's mindset moving forward. Here are some ideas to consider as you plan your retreat:
The idea of the "unconference" has gained popularity in the last couple of years and is a format well-suited to smaller meetings. Instead of a regimented agenda that is determined before attendees arrive, individuals bring their own ideas of what should be discussed. Sessions come together with everyone's input, and it gives team members a chance to take the lead and highlight their own areas of expertise.
While "Ask Me Anything" or AMA interviews are famous on Reddit, it's also become a useful tool within businesses and organizations. Buzz words like transparency and accountability are often bandied about, but an AMA is a great way to foster trust and respect with your team. Of course, this strategy is only as effective as your comfort level, so be prepared to open up!
Setting aside time for team building is an important part of your retreat and some fresh air fun is a great way to mix things up a bit. Find hiking trails that everyone on your team will feel comfortable on and create a nature scavenger hunt. Take advantage of wintry weather and have a snowman building contest. Whatever the season, be sure to build in some outdoor time!
A small team retreat is a good way to take stock of how your business or organization has fared during the challenges of the pandemic, and what lies on the road ahead. It's important to give space to your employees to voice their concerns and ideas, and bond together as a team. When the time is right to gather together for a retreat, contact the experienced staff at The Otesaga.
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