How to Plan an Effective Team Building Retreat
Team building retreats can be powerful in essence because you will leave for a while your daily office routine tasks which is a permanent community and goes to a temporary community where you will be vulnerable to learning while engage in enhancing camaraderie, strengthening relationship, building trust and creating methods and ideas to be more effective communication processes in the organization. Basically, to ensure your team building retreat is effective, it’s essential to plan it out carefully.
An Over-all Objective is Necessary
Going out to the outdoor for team building activities from usual office activity for corporate members would requires good planning in order to meet some points of lacking and need to resolve such as office personnel relationships, productivity and teamwork that can be addressed. A creative activities, program and contents of the sit-down sessions with goal orientation addressable to meet those need.
Giving Importance of Team Members Input
It is strategic to engaged all personnel with the planning committee after the goal of the team building retreat is presented to give input/suggestion of activities, venue and facilities, hours of travel from and back, days and night that the group will be spending, considering some personnel has so many valid reasons to avoid in attending the team building retreats. Once they are given the privileged to contribute in the planning, their enthusiasms increase. That’s why many reservation of corporate groups schedule for team building has been cancelled due to some significant members of the staff cannot come for personnel necessity. Expectedly, common to all members that fun and enjoyment will be the paramount activities should be considered.
Considering the Logistic
After determining the direction of the corporate team-building retreat you will be taking for such endeavor, it is essential to get down the budget squarely, how much would cost per participant for an overnight or day-tour of the package the venue-facility of the group decided initially to reserve. Besides additional expenses will be incurred as incidental expenses for individual challenge course such as Zipline, ATV and other extreme adventure courses must be seriously considered and the safety measures information. It is suggested that an ideal distance travel for an effective team building program always considered will be from 2-3 hours travel one way.
Who will Facilitate the Team building?
Effective team building facilitator is necessary in order to meet the objectives of the outdoor experiential learning. It would be only entertainment when activities in an outdoor setting even if that the facilities are excellently set up and conducted, when the debriefing is not part of the program, it is only an entertainment. A seasoned and experienced experiential learning facilitator will debrief the learning from the experiences that they go through and the role of the facilitator is extracting or reinforcing principles which the participants will discover and expressed it by themselves during discussion.
REAP Customize Developing Effective Team Program
Real Extreme Adventure Park is strategically located along the highway of Famy-Siniloan-Real-Infanta highway, that can be reach at least 2.5 – 3 hours when the traffic flow is good. This facility is newly built since 2013, and have already developed a team building program since then, which many of the corporate groups who visited have benefited already with the starting games from high energy, personal survival then group survival that go through the Low Ropes Course, Trust Initiative Challenges and Obstacle Courses. We also employ a cultural community games that is familiar to Filipino communities is the “Pig Rodeo”.