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4 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Retreat Location for Your Remote Team
Companies now recognize the exceptional benefits of working with a remote team, and the importance of corporate retreats as key motivators of performance, learning, social interaction. The next step is to plan for the retreats bearing in mind vital location requirements that should be considered before picking a retreat destination for your remote team. Here is a simplified guideline to help you plan a successful team retreat by choosing a retreat location that’s convenient.
Things to consider when choosing a retreat location for your Remote team
1. Accessibility of the location by all Team members
Bearing in mind that a remote team is distributed either throughout the country or globally, you should first think of the location of each team member. Then decide on a common place where all remote team members can easily access either by flights, train, or vehicle comfortably. That means the infrastructure of your ideal location should be suitable and the distance favorable for all remote team members.
2. Define the Retreat Goal
Companies may choose to go on recreational retreats or work retreats, in most instances, they decide to combine both goals. Understanding the retreat goal helps you highlight the necessary equipments, resources, activities, and nature of your team retreat destination. Defining the goal is important when choosing a retreat location.
Work retreats include leadership, strategy, design thinking, and culture workshops. These retreats involve activities such as brainstorming ideas, research, and learning new skills. While planning for a location, you need to note down the equipment and resources required. Work retreats often require resources such as conference rooms, discussion boards, a projector, and internet connectivity. Therefore, you may need to consider a location like a hotel with conference facilities.
Recreational retreats are more aimed at having fun, entertainment, and bonding. Activities preferred for such retreats include camping, mountain climbing, hiking, sports, swimming, and other outdoor-oriented activities. Your appropriate location for such a remote team retreat would include a place with good accommodations, and attraction sites to conduct the activities.
3. The Company’s Budget
Planning a remote team retreat you need to work with the available budget. You must research affordability and reliability when choosing a retreat location. The aim is to not strain your budget. Create a list of locations that suit the retreat goal and accessibility demands of the remote team. Then evaluate their costs and narrow them down to the most efficient location for your company and remote team members.
4. The appearance of the Location
The perception of the team members towards the chosen location has a lot to do with the success of the retreat goal. You should ensure the retreat destination is beautiful and comfortable to appeal to the aesthetic demands of your remote team. Top of your list should be locations with attractive sites, excellent food, and quality services.
Choosing a retreat location is vital because it determines the success of the retreat objective. You must consider locations that meet the transport, infrastructure, accommodation, aesthetic, and service quality demands of your company. It is often wise to work with retreat agencies and companies to get better recommendations and connections to amazing retreat packages that will work for your remote team.
Geilan Malet-Bates is the Chair of the P27 Green FinTech Forum and a regular contributor to green finance debates and consultations.