There are many benefits of company retreats, but perhaps the most important is the team-building opportunity they provide. If you can host your retreat away from the office, your employees will enjoy a distraction-free environment where they can focus on getting to know each other.
But encouraging team bonding can be challenging since different personalities respond to different activities. Looking at TTI Success Insights’ D.I.S.C.: The Universal Language of Observable Behavior, you can fill your schedule with activities that will appeal to everyone on your team. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Find Your Match
Icebreaking activities are a great way to kick off your retreat, especially if some attendees work remotely. Match games have long been a popular way to help people get acquainted. These games are especially beneficial to your Influence-dominated team members who thrive on human interaction. For this activity, you’ll need to write individual words on index cards, with each word pairing with another. Your retreat attendees will be assigned a card that they shouldn’t look at. They’ll hold the card up to their forehead where others can see it, then, without speaking, use the process of elimination to find the other person whose card pairs with theirs. Once they’re matched, they can interview each other, then introduce each other to the rest of the team using the information they’ve learned.
If you’ve ever sat around a campfire, telling stories, you know how fun it can be. In the corporate retreat version of Campfire Stories, your team sits in a circle, campfire or not, and shares workplace stories. These can be tales from their time working for you or previous jobs. To help kick things off, write some topic areas on index cards to use, such as “first day,” “best projects,” and “business trips.” Steadiness-driven personalities will especially like this activity since it shows that you are interested in learning more about them.
One of the best things you can do at your retreat is combine problem solving with helping your team get to know each other better. For that reason, escape rooms have become a staple of corporate retreats. You’ll have a limited amount of time to get out of the room, forcing everyone to work together to get out. Dominance-led personalities particularly enjoy problem-solving activities as they help satisfy their love for challenges.
When combined with your regularly scheduled work-related activities, team-building exercises can be a great way to bring your team closer together. You’ll not only have fun, but you’ll return to the workplace with a cohesiveness that will help you tackle any challenges that arise.