Starting to notice some puffy eyes, frequent grunts and a drop in productivity around the office? Maybe it’s time to call for a retreat for your company and give everyone some breathing room to get inspired and rejuvenated.
A company retreat is not just about fun; it creates a collective experience for your team, and it helps build communication and trust. There are many “standard” team building ideas out there: rope courses, motivational speakers, laser tag, etc., but has anyone ever said, “that trust fall was the highlight of my time at the company?” Here are some of our favorite company retreat ideas:
Enjoy the natural scenery of the Andaman Sea from above with experienced Microlight Pilots
When was the last time you skied along a volcanic lake, or jet-skied across the Andaman Sea while admiring the awe-inspiring UNESCO Global Geopark in Langkawi? Drop the usual dumb-bell or fitness training and try something exhilarating; give your team a healthy dose of adrenaline on a weekend retreat and leave everyone feeling fresh and rejuvenated for Monday morning. If you would like to enjoy the stunning view of Langkawi Island at Langkawi Air Recreation Park with skilled and experienced Microlight Pilots or to participate in the Umgawa Zipline Eco Adventure, our associates at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa or The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort in Langkawi can assist you.
The Library, Koh Samui, a Member of Design Hotels
DIGITAL DETOX RETREAT
“Technostress” is a rising psychosocial problem commonly found in the workplace. Technology is altering the way business is done. Though our work schedules have become more flexible, we also work longer hours because of it. The line between work and home are becoming increasingly blurred in every aspect. A digital detox retreat can help lessen the impact of these stresses upon your employees.
Don’t worry. A digital detox doesn’t mean phones are banned and that everyone will be meditating with burning incense. It can be something as simple as to curl up with a good book in a private library and enjoy the tranquility of the award-winning minimalistic design at The Library in Koh Samui, a member of Design Hotels, or to take on the journey of a Yoga Warrior at The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi, where you try out a unique workout that blends traditional yoga poses with the graceful moves of Silat – an ancient martial art that cultivates mental focus, flexibility, coordination, endurance and power. Choosing a location with sufficient natural sunlight, warmth, and outdoor space can make sure you don’t fall back into the old habit of checking your phone every few minutes.
Marriott International associates in Thailand plant mangrove saplings.
WEEKEND CHARITY RETREAT
It’s true; nothing makes you feel better than helping others. If there’s something your team or your company is passionate about but cannot fit into the normal working hours, maybe you can use a company retreat as an opportunity to do some good. It can be as small a gesture as helping to chop vegetables in a soup kitchen, bringing some joy and laughter to children in need, or helping with the preservation work in the local environment. For instance, there are a number of local charities that need attention in Phuket and are just 5 to 45 minutes away from our different hotels in Phuket. A volunteering experience can give you a different perspective and help you see the true value of your work life.
Children learning to weave basket at the Turtles Kids’ Club at Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay
If you’re a working parent, you’ll understand how stressful a day can be balancing your home life and your work life. There are days when you constantly feel guilty for not being there for your loved ones when you work, but you also feel guilty for letting your colleagues down when you have to skip the after-work drinks. So why not show some support for your teammates and organize a retreat that brings your work family and your real families together. Yes, there may be crying babies, screaming toddlers, and sulking teenagers, so everything will be slightly easier if you can provide some children-friendly activities. For instance, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay’s Turtles Kids’ Club allows your kids to explore the Fiji culture through interactive activities, such as basket weaving, coconut husking, marine life exploration, Fijian dance lessons and crab hunt and race. Alternatively, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is equipped with a Teen Zone, children’s movie theatre, on-site turtle shelter, face painting and play areas for children of different ages.
Learn to make origami with a professional artist at the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto in your art retreat
You don’t need to be an artist to make art. In fact, a little bit of creativity outside of your comfort zone may just be what you need to get back on track with your everyday work. It has become increasingly popular to do “Art Jamming” nowadays as a team building activity.
But if you are going to a company retreat somewhere foreign, having a local art experience can enrich your mind and expand your horizon. You can start by choosing something that everyone can easily grasp, such as making origami at the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, pottery making in Fiji, or Batik painting at the Ritz-Carlton Langkawi.
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