Tips for Planning a Successful Team Building Retreat

Friday, December 30, 2016 10:48am

Team building retreats can be an incredibly powerful way to increase your workforce’s camaraderie, develop more productive relationships and improve levels of communication and cooperation. There a few things that clear the mind like getting out of the office and surrounding yourself with sparkling water, open spaces and fresh air. Read on to see our top tips to planning a successful team building retreat.

  • Choose a Meeting Space/Venue with a View

It’s no coincidence that the worlds biggest and most successful companies all operate out of “green” office spaces having understood its impact on employee’s productivity and cognitive function long ago. On average, workers experience a 30% increase in creative knowledge, productivity and happiness in a work environment filled with greenery, natural light and open plan spaces. The Port Lincoln Hotel is located on the foreshore of Boston Bay, offering panoramic ocean views and floor to ceiling windows in all of their function spaces – and at just a short 30 minute flight from Adelaide - its an ideal location to invigorate and draw the best from your employees. 

  • Plan a loose agenda

Ensure there is time for breaks so employees can revive themselves with a walk on the beach or a coffee break to catch up on emails. The Parnkalla Trail in Port Lincoln is one of the states most picturesque, running straight past the Port Lincoln Hotel and meandering along the coastline, the trail passes a number of beautiful secret beaches, popular fishing spots and untouched flora and fauna. The foreshore in Port Lincoln is a bustling little street with coffee shops a plenty – grab your laptop and set yourself up while watching the world go by. Your staff will come back feeling refreshed and ready for the next task. 

  • Think of outside the box teambuilding activities

Team building can often evoke feelings of dread with unpleasant memories of those out-dated “icebreaker” activities residing in most of us. While traditional activities still have their place and are likely to be included in your agenda – sprinkle in a couple activities specific to the destination – like Shark Cage Diving which can only be experienced in Cape Town, South Africa and Port Lincoln, Australia. There’s nothing like ticking off a bucket list item as a team, making memories that will last a lifetime. Alternatively, learn something new with your team with a Seafood Cooking Class – each learning how to prepare and cook the famous Eyre Peninsula Seafood…before sampling it with a glass of local wine of course! Having an onsite photographer to document the trip is also a great idea and perfect footage for the slideshow at the next Christmas party.

  • Keep them well fed

There’s nothing like a delicious meal and glass of wine to help evoke relaxation and further gel your team.  The Eyre Peninsula is famous for producing world class seafood and the Executive Chef at The Port Lincoln Hotel sure knows how to cook it. Indulge in Seafood Feast, served on the hotel’s unique pool deck, transformed for the evening into an enchanting, bohemian space with the sparkling ocean views of Boston Bay as the backdrop. The perfect end to a perfect trip. 

For more ideas, information and a tailored itinerary for your group - contact our Functions Manager at functions@portlincolnhotel.com.au 

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