A team building retreat is a perfect way to get your workforce to come together as a cohesive entity. If you're thinking about a retreat to organize for team building purposes, you may find options that aren't in your immediate area. A day trip might be difficult, which could prompt you to consider an overnight excursion. Before you move forward, you'll want to balance the pluses and minuses of this type of event. Here are some to evaluate.
Pro: More Chance For Interactions
A day-long team building activity can be immensely valuable, but you have to remember that the longer your employees are together outside of work, the more chance that they have to interact with one another. A single-day event can pass quickly, and you could feel as though your team could have benefited from more time together. When you schedule an overnight team building retreat, your group will not only have more activities to partake in together but also more downtime to ideally get to know one another.
Con: Loss of Productivity Or Family Time
You need to decide whether you'll book the team building retreat to take place during the workweek or on the weekend. There are advantages and disadvantages to both scenarios, but when your event goes two or more days, you'll need to take a couple points into account. For example, if you have a two- or three-day event during the workweek, your company will experience a loss in productivity. Ideally, the benefits of the retreat will exceed this loss over time, though. On a weekend, your staff may not be happy about the time away from their families, and attendance may not be as high as you'd like.
Pro: Appreciation Of Your Investment
When you invest in an overnight retreat, instead of a day retreat, your staff will ideally appreciate what you're doing. They'll know that you're paying more and that you want the event to be beneficial for them, and they'll ideally reciprocate by getting highly involved in the various team building activities to help make the most out of the event.
Con: Higher Cost
The longer your team building retreat is, the more it will cost your company in up-front fees. An overnight retreat has a higher price tag because it involves more meals, as well as the accommodations either at the retreat venue or a nearby hotel. For companies on tight budgets, this might be prohibitive.