While many people understand that corporate retreats are worthwhile, but few appreciate exactly why this is so. To coin a phrase, a business is not just a noun, but a verb, too. It’s a process that’s constantly being undertaken by all of your employees, whose various daily tasks and chores aggregate to keep the whole enterprise rumbling onward.
Some tasks, however, are performed much more rarely. And yet, they have a profound influence on all of the other tasks below them – they’re the important management decisions, upon which the success or failure of the rest of the business depends. Make a good decision, and the various cogs and gears that comprise your business will works together well, and progress will be good. Make a bad decision, however, and those cogs and gears will cease to function properly, and the business will falter; or even go into reverse.
So what separates good decisions from bad ones? And how should business leaders go about ensuring that they tend toward the former? There are several things to consider:
In order to ensure that we’re making the right decisions, we need access to the right information about how the business is running, and what the quantifiable measures of performance are. These indicators might include the annual profit/loss graphs, the share price, and other such things. But as well as this, we might include more subjective measures – like an expert person’s opinion on how things are going, and what might be altered in order to yield better performance. Without information like this, decision-making becomes impossible.
Naturally, there’s no use in having good information if it isn’t being properly appreciated and understood. And in order to do this, we need to expend special energy toward understanding the issues at stake. This means dispensing with the distractions that come with the day-to-day grind of office work. This will allow us to devote full concentration to the issues under discussion.
If a person has to divide their attention between several tasks, then it follows that their performance will suffer. If a person is surrounded by reminders of the work not yet done, then it follows that they’ll be distracted. Since we’ve already established just how crucial the regular exchange of information by management is, it follows that we’ll need to remove ourselves to a location that’s free from such reminders. This location is the venue for a corporate retreat.
What about team-building?
As well as simply exchanging information with one another in a manner that’s clear and comprehensible, attendees to conferences will also need to be able to trust in that information, and by extension the person delivering it. For this trust to flourish, we need to practice trusting, in much the same way that a pianist might practice scales and arpeggios in order to raise their game at the piano. And for this, we need team-building exercises.
Team-building comes in many different forms. The best examples are those which are fun, and therefore hotly-anticipated. The worst are those which are dull and therefore dreaded. By taking your team away for the former, you’ll create goodwill – and a sense of contagious good cheer that’ll ensure that they’re able to approach the conference with the right attitude.
Where might I arrange a conference?
Remember that for many employees, conferences are inherently stressful things. They’ll be voicing their ideas and opinions, and placing themselves under pressure. It’s vital then, to create an atmosphere where people feel free to say what they think without fear of reprisal – and to, in a word, confer.
If you’re going to be hosting a conference somewhere, then you’ll therefore want to ensure that it offers those attending your conference with a pleasant place to inhabit for the duration. After all, people aren’t machines, and they don’t operate at the same level irrespective of the world around them. If you want your attendees to relax, and share their ideas openly and without stress, then it’s important to seek a location that’s suitably packed with relaxation aids.
Carden Park in Cheshire is one such venue. It’s a hotel that’s packed with amenities, including two golf courses, a spa and a swimming pool. There are two bars and two restaurants, which between them will ensure that your attendees are as well-fed as possible. Moreover, it’s within easy commuting distance of nearby Chester, which will allow you to take a break and enjoy the nightlife, too. If you’re looking for a conference venue in Cheshire, there are few better candidates.