Company Retreat Ideas That Everyone Will Love

Try these company retreat ideas to build communication and trust within a team

Starting to notice some puffy eyes, frequent grunts and a drop in productivity around the office? Maybe it’s time to call for a company retreat 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 to try instead: 

Sports Retreat 

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, Malaysia? Give your team a healthy dose of adrenaline on a weekend retreat and leave everyone feeling rejuvenated for Monday morning. 

Weekend Charity Retreat 

Nothing makes us feel better than helping others. If there’s a cause your team or your company is passionate about but cannot fit into normal working hours, treat a company retreat as an opportunity to do some good. 

It doesn’t have to be a fully orchestrated program—you can help chop vegetables in a soup kitchen or organize a visit to a nursing home. The experience can give everyone a different perspective and help see the true value of work life. 

Bring-Your-Family Retreat 

If you’re a working parent, you’ll understand how stressful it can be to balance your home life and your work life. You might 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 family together? Yes, there may be crying babies, screaming toddlers and sulking teenagers—so make it easier by providing some kid-friendly activities, such as a magnificent live show, or stay in a hotel with facilities that cater to families.

Digital Detox Retreat 

Technostress” is a rising psychosocial problem commonly found in the workplace. Although our work schedules have become more flexible, we also work longer hours because of it. The line between work and home is becoming increasingly blurred in every aspect.

We’re often expected to read emails before bedtime, reply to urgent requests on messenger apps, or just do a “quick call”while preparing for dinner. This constant need to be present can cause mental fatigue or even work addiction. A digital detox retreat can help lessen the impact of these stresses on your employees. 

Don’t worry: A digital detox doesn’t mean phones are banned and that everyone will be meditating with incense. It can be something as simple as brainstorming and talking about goals on a beach, learning a new form of arts together, or a cooking contest. Choosing a location with sufficient natural sunlight, warmth and outdoor space can ensure you and your employees don’t fall back into the old habit of checking the phone every few minutes.

Art Retreat 

You don’t need to be an artist to make art. In fact, a little bit of creativity outside the comfort zone may be just what everyone needs to get back on track with everyday work. “Art jamming,”for example, has become an increasingly popular team-building activity. 

But if you’re going to a company retreat in a foreign city, having a local art experience can enrich people’s minds and expand their horizons. Start by choosing something that everyone can easily grasp, such as soap-making in Kyoto, pottery-making in Fiji, or batik painting in Bali.