May 8, 2019

Retreats Bring Work Teams Together

In this technologically connected era, there are more telecommuting teams and remote workplaces than ever before.

This makes bringing people together in real life more important than it’s ever been! Offsite meetings and team retreats have exploded in popularity in recent years, often serving a dual purpose as a productive work gathering AND team-building exercise.

As a business owner or organizational leader, finding ways to keep your team motivated, connected, fresh and inspired is an important job. It can mean the difference between productivity and stagnation, affect morale and staffing turnover rates, and play a big role in year-to-year profits.

If you’re searching for a unique way to re-invigorate your staff, or perhaps looking for a creative way to reward your crew for a job well done, maybe it’s time to start thinking outside the box -- or rather -- beyond the four walls of your office. Each year, organizations of all sizes take part in corporate and team retreats across the United States. After the fact, most cite these destination retreats and getaways as a major, contributing factor to their team’s successes for the year.

Harbor Stay, a retreat space with room for up to 45 in Melbourne, Florida, was designed with teams like yours in mind. Located on Florida’s “Space Coast” , Harbor Stay is easily accessible from anywhere in Central Florida. Orlando International Airport is only 45 minutes away, and the Melbourne-Orlando International Airport can be reached in 15 minutes or less.

Our property serves as a fully functional retreat venue -- complete with turnkey, onsite conference center and plenty of room for small group breakout sessions. However, with amenities like a 10,000 square-foot deck, gourmet kitchen, kayaks, hot tub and fire pit -- it feels more like a luxe vacation rental.

The Harbor Stay team can help you connect the dots by making suggestions for everything from catering to yoga instruction for your retreat ... or not. When it comes to planning, we’re here when you need us, and will happily step aside when you don’t. Our goal is simple: We provide the venue, support and systems you need to bring out the best in your team, so you can do what you do best -- LEAD.

“Harbor stay was the perfect location for a working retreat. The views are stunning and Kayaking with dolphins and manatees was a highlight. The accommodations, work space and attention to detail like outlets in every bunk are unmatched. I would highly recommend to any group!”

-- Amy Borger Crouse

Specialized destination retreats can benefit your organization in a big way for years to come. Here’s how …

Improved Communication - Creating a safe environment -- one where everyone’s opinion matters and people feel encouraged to speak freely -- can really open up the lines of communication within your team. This can be a powerful tool for bringing fresh ideas to the surface, for empowering team members to discuss what’s working/not working, and contribute suggestions.

Morale Boost - Nothing says employee appreciation quite like an all-expenses paid trip to a new and exciting location! By rewarding positive behavior with a retreat, you’re inadvertently creating an incentive for your staff to repeat those behaviors, setting your company up for future successes. Plus, a few days together in paradise help to bring stress levels down and mood levels up for everyone.

Fewer Distractions = Increased Productivity - How often do you have the luxury of getting and keeping your entire staff under one roof at the same time? A retreat can provide an opportunity to train your staff as a whole on departmental changes - such as new software - or pull them together for project planning, skill-building or brainstorming without the day-to-day distractions everyone faces in the office.

Team Bonding - One of the greatest parts of working with a team is getting to know each other, but sometimes we lose sight of the individual while chasing the bottom line. Team building is the essential building block to any successful retreat. This becomes even more essential for organizations that have multiple departments that rarely communicate. By bringing the entire organization together, certain unforeseen inter-departmental collaborations may open new doors for the business as a whole to succeed.

Ready to invest in the growth and success of your team? Learn more about booking Harbor Stay for your retreat!