There is nothing comparable to the freedom of working remotely. But there are teams who have taken it to a next level. A month of workshops, co-working, ocean view and adventure sports. Here’s everything you need to know about planning a stellar remote team retreat.
BENEFITS OF HAVING A TEAM RETREAT
For remote companies, building strong culture is a prerequisite for success. But one of the drawbacks of being part of a remote team is that you don’t physically meet every day. Whether your team is fully or partially remote, a team retreat is a really fun way to bond and get focused as a team so you can meet your goals together. A few times a year, get your distributed team together in the same location to have fun, discuss upcoming projects and plan the future of the company.
KEY FACTORS TO CONSIDER
Pick an affordable (yet beautiful) destination. If you aren’t planning to spend all of your angel money on team retreat – even though you are tempted to do so –, try to avoid high seasons. You can easily find jaw-dropping places for a retreat during any time of the year, which are perfectly aligned with your budget.
Going somewhere remote and interesting will allow the team members to unwind and relax. Choose a destination that fosters collective creativity and well-being: an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the sea or an island on site, or a bustling city with a fresh atmosphere and the taste of a real gourmet experience.
Plan a minimum of 1-week retreat, but ideally plan for multiple weeks. If you are familiar with the “endless beauty” of long-haul flights and already know what it’s like to jump between time zones and get hit with jet lag, you know what I’m talking about. You team needs time to rewind before they’ll be ready to come up with game-changing ideas for the company.
Start with group activities and bonding exercises. Once everyone has become acclimated to the gorgeous scenery, it’s time for some productive work. But make sure you have enough time to discover the area at your leisure.
Probably, you don’t want to have a strict schedule but you’ll definitely need to plan your team retreat ahead of time. It will help your remote team prepare for the big encounter both physically and mentally. In order to get the most out of your time together, be prepared to change certain elements of the program and to adapt to new challenges on the spot.
Make sure that your team retreat location is fully equipped with necessary technology, fast and reliable internet connection, as well as indispensable brainstorming tools. Don’t forget to check these features BEFORE booking! Unless you want everyone to be completely cut off from civilisation…
Believe me, organising your own team retreat isn’t worth the money or the hassle. There are dozens of companies out there who have expert knowledge and experience organising team retreats. Outsourcing the planning process is probably the biggest single step you can take toward having an unforgettable remote team retreat.
BEST PICKS FOR RETREATS
If you are looking for a year-long trip around the world, check out the programs below. They provide accommodation, transportation, 24/7 access to co-working spaces, and an awesome community. They typically spend 1 month in each location.
If you are into the idea of visiting a stellar remote location like Nicaragua, Portugal, Hawaii or South Africa while focusing on your projects, but a full year sounds too long, choose a shorter program. Join one of the following remote team retreats for a few weeks or months:
· DNX Camp
Do you believe that the journey is more important than the destination itself? They’ve got you covered. Just imagine, traveling with like-minded people, completely embraced by the sea! All aboard!
Did I miss any? Have you been on a remote team retreat that is worth mentioning? Drop me a line and I’ll include it in my list.
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