Corporate retreats typically include team-building activities, opportunities for socializing, and a forum for leadership to communicate the company’s vision. Retreats also provide staff members with a chance to unwind and have some fun, which is why coming up with prizes and awards to give out during the festivities is essential. These incentives not only encourage employees to participate but also reinforce their value to the company.
Prizes and awards doled out during all-staff events honor employee contributions in front of the entire team. Here are some options to up the fun factor at your next corporate retreat.
Eliciting staff participation during the most active of corporate retreats can be a challenge. Prizes help to motivate the team to get involved, but only if they’re something to generate enthusiasm.
Vacation time is corporate gold, which means employees are highly likely to participate in retreat activities to score a few bonus days off. Figure out how much time the company can realistically extend and offer it across multiple prize categories, if possible.
Gift cards are ideal because they ultimately allow recipients to choose their prizes. If you want to be creative, mix it up and offer gift cards for experiences, such movie tickets or a group adventure to an escape room.
Subscription packages are fantastic prizes because they may align with an existing hobby or pique an employee’s interest in something new. There are so many options available, from grocery delivery services to movie/TV streaming packages to clothing subscriptions.
Sometimes, there’s no better prize than cold, hard cash. This allows employees to spend their prize money as they see fit, and will likely entice everyone to get out there and have some fun.
Awards handed out during corporate retreats underscore the various ways employees contribute to company goals. While this is sometimes exemplified in annual performance reviews, the corporate retreat offers a chance to expound on the employee’s virtues in a more public forum. Ideas for honoring staff members with awards include:
The “Employee of the Year” award typically goes to the staff member who has performed beyond expectations, from job performance and attendance to attitude and leadership. When announcing this award, detail the reasons for this employee choice. It will give other staff members something to strive for ahead of the next corporate retreat.
The “Pinnacle Performer” award goes to the person who has financially benefited the company the most. If the company engages in sales of any kind, this would be the person that consistently hit their sales goals – and even surpassed them. It might also go to someone who has engaged in cost-savings measures, or introduced a top-notch new client to the firm.
The “Best Attitude” award goes to that person in the office: the one who remembers birthdays, uplifts other co-workers when they’re having a rough day and just generally adds positivity to the work environment. Recognizing this individual will show everyone else that the company values everyone’s accomplishments.
Fun prizes and awards are just part of the process of making a corporate retreat successful. Frogbridge Events can assist with other pertinent details, including activity planning, logistics, and execution.
Situated on a picturesque landscape in the heart of New Jersey horse country with plenty of options for outdoor fun, our team of event professionals provides the expertise necessary to make your next corporate retreat a success. If your company is planning a corporate retreat, reach out to us at (609) 208-9475 or contact us online to learn how we can help.