Are company retreats in danger of becoming the equivalent of running a sprinkler system in the rain? These gatherings aren’t necessarily about creative thought but rather getting people to fall in line with predetermined company outcome.
It’s not a good use of time or an organization’s brain power. Perhaps the cause is that the higher ups are worried that the session will evolve into a complaint session worthy of daytime television.
A retreat should be about stepping away from the everyday affairs and taking a big picture approach to a challenge.
Instead of a determined outcome, a successful organization needs to have a focused topic. Would employees be more engaged if they were asked, “What do we do well and how can we do more of it?”
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