Our team recently had an offsite meeting in Beaver Creek for work-related brainstorming and leisure time together in a refreshing setting. I have to say, I’m proud and fortunate to manage such a bright group of hardworking people. What’s even better is that there’s no animosity between our team, we have high retention and productivity levels and overall cooperative staff. It was a more than easy and fruitful two days in Southern Ontario with the team. Unfortunately, other mangers and teams aren’t so lucky.
A quick Google search of team retreat stories delivers a mix of entertaining and dreadful stories of tears, embarrassment and humiliation in the name of team building.
Considering the nature of workplace problems, such as inefficiency, poor communication, workplace harassment, gossip, or all around drama, we argue that team retreats are simply not the solution to most workplace troubles. While workplace retreats may be fun for functional teams, they have the capability to worsen a dysfunctional one. But why?