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Gulf Shores Retreats: Intangible Benefits
Corporate retreats in Gulf Shores may sound cheesy, but their benefits are many. Taking the time away from home helps your crew feel at home among their coworkers in ways an office never can. When they spend time together outside of work, they can open up to each other and get to know each other better. This forms tighter bonds, pushing coworkers to care more about each other and their work.
A retreat can be many things and not all “trust fall” exercises or motivational speakers. You need to energize your team, encourage collaboration and build bonds that will last forever, and you’ll need something that won’t make them fall asleep or roll their eyes. A tall task, to be sure, but using an offsite venue will make it easier. Being in a different location – hopefully one they will find to be new and exciting – will help your employees focus and start that team building process as they explore a new city and new experiences together.
Employees that know each other and are used to being and working together form a more efficient and successful team. That little bit of trust and acceptance built during your offsite retreat will continue long after the retreat is over. It will form the basis of an energetic, dynamic working organization.
As counterintuitive as it might seem, sometimes goal-setting is better outside the office. When feeling less restrained by the workplace atmosphere, people are more likely to give their honest opinions and listen better to each other. A little bit of time for work-talk on corporate retreats in Gulf Shores can be worth more than a whole day at the office.
Most retreats do have some of those typical team-building exercises; they do have their merit. Just be sure to balance them out with some out-of-the-box thinking. Try those cheesy bonding exercises while walking along the beach (what better place for that “trust fall” exercise). You will have your employees joining in without knowing it.
Offsite retreats allow for team building activities that you just can’t do in the office. Nothing will get your staff to loosen up and begin bonding like learning something new – parasailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, or taking a deep-sea adventure can get things started. It doesn’t have to be a something active either; it can be a more passive activity, too. Time spent exploring along the beach, heading to the zoo, or playing mini-golf works just as well. As long as the whole group participates, it will work.
Events and Activities Galore
Of course, heading to a tropical getaway so you can have non-stop meetings is an obvious gilded cage. So, spend plenty of time out and about with activities you can only enjoy at the Gulf!
Go on a tour looking for dolphins, take a Segway or kayak tour, or go on a nature walk in one of the many parks and trails in the area looking for rare birds.
There are so many things to do that will get your team bonding in no time while enjoying themselves – take a zipline tour, stroll through the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, experience trampoline fun at the Factory Fly, or head out to a nearby theme park – Waterville USA or Adventure Island – for some fun.
Divide your group into teams and try some laser tag, mini golf, or an escape house. Have a kayak, canoe or paddleboard race, or go cart racing (at the Track Recreational Center). All good ways to build that team spirit while having fun! There’s plenty to do here that will pull your team closer together.
And you can’t have a great retreat without great food! Gulf Shores has you covered there; this is the easy part. Try some famous southern-fried seafood, grilled or blackened seafood. We’ve got fresh local seafood any way you like it.
Equally nice, the south is always open for business, with lows rarely dropping below 50°F, even in winter. If you’re tired of having to huddle indoors for nice weather, your team is probably thinking the same thing—come to Gulf Shores, and bring them along!
Vacation Homes, Gulf Shores: The Perfect Place for Corporate Lodgings
Treat your coworkers to one of the most common fantasies: beachside living. With Harris Properties and a vacation rental in Gulf Shores AL, your crew can wake up and look over the Gulf each morning and go for a walk on the pristine sands. Take along your swimsuits, if it’s the season—nothing makes someone feel less reserved than splashing around in the ocean! Stay in one of our vacation rentals, and that ocean can be your front yard!
Plus, the floor plans are perfect for fostering a sense of family. Most of our floorplans are open, with one or two large rooms connecting the bedrooms. Everyone will be part of everyone else’s day—none of the workplace cliques hiding out in their own corners of the house. Our Gulf Shores homes feel like one big room for one big family. And yes, we have some that can sleep a dozen people or more!
So if you’re looking to improve employee morale and build a sense of family out of your team, call us at 1-877-446-4853 to find out what we can offer you!