Companies work better when team members are familiar with each other. When colleagues get to know each other, they have an easier time communicating and collaborating. Overall, they make a more effective team. One of the most significant contributors to a quality team dynamic is a company retreat. Company retreats are a worthwhile investment for any company.
Spending time together as a team is a great way to treat your employees and help them build bonds with you and each other. Fortunately, company retreats don’t always have to be big-budget, luxury outings. It is possible to plan a successful company retreat even if you have a low budget.
Confirm Key Details and Goals for the Retreat
When planning an event, setting goals and confirming details early contributes to the event’s success. When companies have a complete vision for what they want to achieve, it’s easier to follow through without wasting money on things that don’t serve their ultimate goal.
Confirming details as soon as possible also helps finalize retreat details early, which can save money, too. You should have information such as the number of attendees, the duration of the retreat, and travel distance.
Choose a Venue Based on Distance and Amenities
If you’re on a budget, then it’s best to consider reasonably priced local venue options. A cost-effective strategy for choosing a venue will be finding one near your office or where most of your employees live to save on travel costs. When you’re researching venues, consider which amenities are included. Venues that can assist you in creating an all-inclusive retreat experience for your company are likely to be the most cost-effective.
Also, plan your stay for earlier in the week to save money. Event spaces and hotels typically have lower prices Monday through Wednesday since those are the least popular trip days. You may even be able to negotiate rates, event space, and amenities with the venue.
Be Strategic With Your Transportation Options
If your venue is close to your office, you could ask your employees to utilize their regular form of transportation. Otherwise, you can save money by organizing carpools through ride-share apps. Once at the venue, try to organize meetings and activities around what is available there or consider going on outings within walking distance of the venue.
Incorporate Free Team Building Activities and Games
You and your team can do many team-building activities and group games for free or with minimal supplies. You can do ice breakers to get to know each other, research fun questions for trivia, organize a small scavenger hunt, or play popular party games like charades or Pictionary. In this area, you can get creative and think about what best suits your team and what you can accomplish with the materials you have on hand.
Take Advantage of the Experienced Retreat Planners at Frogbridge Events
Planning a retreat is hard work. Planning a retreat on a budget is especially difficult. Securing a venue, organizing room and board, arranging transportation, and ensuring you have everything you need to have a good time is a lot on your plate. Luckily, you don’t have to bear this burden yourself.
Frogbridge Events offers skilled event planners who can help companies coordinate everything they need to have a successful corporate retreat. If you host your retreat at Frogbridge, your employees will be able to bond in a fun, energetic environment. You will have access to a variety of sporting fields and amenities, a pool complex, a lakefront area, quality meals and refreshments, and much more as a guest. To start planning your team’s cost-effective retreat, contact us online through our contact form or call us at (609) 208-9475.