Should You Take a Work Retreat?
Your company is planning a work retreat coming Friday.
‘Should I go? Will I gain anything productive out of it?’
‘There is so much pending work. Better to stay at home and finish it.’
‘I am not the MD or the CEO. Why should I even care?’
You can always come up with any excuse for not attending a retreat. The world is not coming to an end if you don’t. But there are many reasons why you must.
- Great Relationship-Building Exercise: Work Retreats are a great for forging new bonds with colleagues. In an office setting, it is not easy to build personal relationships. People are naturally busy doing their job, and the time they spend together during lunch or coffee is just not enough.
Work Retreats offer a great way of knowing colleagues on a personal level and discovering new facets of their personality. One of your team members might be a great photographer or an exceptional sports person and you weren’t aware of it until now. You might even meet someone sharing similar interests or someone from your native place.
Besides, you can connect with people in other teams or people you hesitate to approach otherwise and forge a good equation with them. Building a good network helps tremendously on both personal and professional fronts. So, if you think of the bigger picture, there are only benefits.
- Rejuvenation leading to improved productivity: Think of the times when work pressure increases significantly. This happens often these days, all thanks to the cut-throat competition among businesses. All this can lead to increased stress and performance can suffer consequently. If you, as an employee, are not productive enough, the company can suffer in the long run. So, it is always a good idea to take a break from work, disconnect completely and rejuvenate, away from the pressure of team meetings or stringent deadlines.
- Discussion of key issues: You have issues with your colleague’s working style but are not talking to your boss. You contemplate switching to a different role you think you can be good at but haven’t discussed this with the manager. You have just learned about a new software and think of using it for day-to-day work.
Take the retreat as a great opportunity to discuss the issues bothering you at the workplace or the initiatives you want to bring in. Retreats allow you a lot of time with seniors; make the most of it. You can talk about a lot relaxing on the riverside or during a match of table-tennis.
- Exploring new things: Think of the times when you were planning a holiday but there weren’t enough leaves in your kitty. Or when you were contemplating a weekend drive to the countryside but felt too tired to plan it out. A good retreat can be considered equivalent to a holiday you could not plan for some reason or the other. It offers a lot in terms of discovering new facets of your personality. You could go hiking with your teammates and find it enjoyable or cook with your teammates and realize that you enjoy spending time with them.
You can, thus, end up discovering a hitherto unknown side to your personality. You can explore new interests, learn about new things and pursue them in the long run.
To sum up, Work Retreats are a good way to take a break from work, a great way to unwind and destress. At the same time, they offer a great chance to build relationships.
So, think of the bigger picture; the ROI is always high.