Keeping a retreat moving forward

Retreats can lay the groundwork for success, but are meaningless if not done properly
By Sue Nador
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/21/2006

Company retreats are always popular. Busy leaders and teams can get away from the day-to-day pressures and distractions of the office and focus time on important activities like strategic planning, skills development and change initiatives. And, of course, there’s the invaluable socializing.

But are retreats really worth it? Is there a positive return when one takes into account the investment of taking people away from their jobs and associated expenses such as accommodation or external facilitators? Do employees leave feeling the time was well spent? Most importantly, is there a sustained benefit once people are back at the office?

These are all valid questions for organizations considering a retreat. The good news is that with proper planning, execution and followup, a company retreat will have a positive payoff.