Investing in your People: Start from the Top

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Work-life balance is a hot topic in many workplaces as bosses realize that happy, healthy employees are a business’ most important resources. Luckily, it’s possible to kickstart a healthier balance by taking your staff on a wellness retreat. When your staff feels better personally, they can perform better at work.  Happy and healthy employees have more mental space to generate new ideas and create better working relationships, which leads to increased productivity and helps move businesses forward.

Whether yours is a large business and you send only the executive team, or you run a smaller operation that can afford to take the entire staff offline for a few days, the benefits of corporate health retreats are both immediate and long-lasting.

Health retreats are a chance for the group to re-set, put aside old issues and create new opportunities to form stronger, closer bonds. In addition to the benefits of a few days of relaxation, treating your employees to a corporate health retreat shows that you value their contribution and care about their wellbeing.

One primary goal of a corporate health retreat is to establish habits and patterns that your staff will bring with them back to the workplace, both in their individual performances and how they work together.

Health retreat staff will work with you to establish an itinerary that will resonate with your staff, and will also encourage them to try new things or gain a deeper understanding of their physical and mental health. Retreat activities will focus on physical wellness like eating, sleeping and exercise habits, along with emotional wellbeing, such as meditation, mindfulness, intention-setting, stress-relief and personal goal accomplishment. The tasks and activities will all be geared toward the issues that are facing your staff specifically.

Corporate retreats are a great opportunity to encourage your staff to try new things that they might not have otherwise considered in their own lives or on their own vacations. Experiment with adventure-related activities that might help nudge your staff out of their comfort zones. Stand-up paddle surfing, kayaking, yoga, Pilates, hiking, rock-climbing, and ropes courses can challenge employees to exceed their own limitations and expectations. When your staff pushes their own personal limits to accomplish something they previously thought impossible, imagine how this can help them envision successful outcomes of success in the workplace!

Pay special attention to how your employees will react to one another outside the workplace environment. Pair people who normally don’t have much reason to interact. Be strategic about who rooms with whom, so as to avoid conflicts, but consider pairing people for activities who might normally be at odds so that they can learn to depend on one another and strengthen or repair a relationship.

If you’re looking to amp up productivity or get your team in sync, consider a corporate health retreat to get your staff back on track. In addition to the mental, physical, and emotional refresh that results from a corporate wellness retreat, getting out of “work mode” promotes bonding between staff members which in turn leads teams to work together more smoothly upon their return.

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