Company retreats help colleagues feel motivated, increase collaboration and build a sense of community. Interacting with your co-workers in a relaxed setting can spark new ideas and enable you to head back to work invigorated with renewed inspiration, vision, and sense of belonging. We have listed some of the things you need to know to reap the most from your upcoming corporate retreat at Heathfield…
Know Your Goal
Before starting your planning you need to understand the motivation behind your retreat. Perhaps the team is in need of a morale boost, or need to be more cohesive, Perhaps ideas have gone stale or your brand needs some specific injection of knowledge or skill. Knowing the goal of the retreat is the first foundation of planning and can allow you to organise the perfect retreat with this goal in mind.
Perfectly Placed for an Executive Retreat
Only 1.5 hours from London by train but a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the corporate world. The New Forest has been admired for being a place of calm, beauty and contemplation. The Heathfield Estate, set on the edge of this ancient forest, offers a chance to get away from your daily routine, break the mould and achieve your goals.
Set for a Seamless Stay
For senior management, a retreat is a great opportunity to get a birds eye view of the business and its people. Plan how they will use this time while on your corporate retreat at Heathfield—from a formal meeting at the boardroom table, to a relaxed discussion on a comfy sofa by a roaring fire.
Will you unplug, or will technology be required? While the tranquil location allows for guest to “switch off”, Heathfield has been designed with full WIFI access as well as ethernet connections and telephones in each room, conference call facilities for those unable to make it, and plasma screens for any presentations. Everything you need for a seamless team planning day!
Business Comes Naturally at Heathfield
Creating an agenda is essential and communicating this to attendees before you travel is key to success. Will you have a departmental cricket game, table tennis tournament or a guided walk through the New Forest? Allow your guests to pack accordingly but also mentally prepare as well.
Heathfield’s experienced Estate Manager is on hand to discreetly and efficiently plan your retreat; from a themed murder mystery evening to rejuvenating spa treatments, she will ensure a smooth and seamless stay.
When Does a Corporate Retreat Feel Like a Breath of Fresh Air?
Corporate retreats require finding that balance of fun, team building and work breakthroughs. Team dynamics are much easier to read when colleagues are involved in group activities outside their comfort zones.
With 15 acres of grounds, Heathfield has plenty of space to build those vital bonds, from a simple game of croquet on the lawn to challenging your guests to learn to sail on the Solent, our Estate Manager can create a Heathfield Experience like no other.
Space To Escape, To Create ,To Think, To Gather and Relax
Work and structured events are important but so is scheduling in some unstructured free time. Create space in your agenda to chat by the fire, relax watching a classic movie in the cinema room, or bond over a game of snooker. More personal than a hotel, the exclusive use of Heathfield Estate allows your colleagues the space to roam, form new friendships and grow as a team.
Create – Cook – Steam
Sharing a meal is a universal act of friendship and togetherness so consider the team taking charge…bonds forged over a shared meal can be strong and long-lasting.
Leave titles at the door, place your team into small groups to each prepare a course. Heathfield Estate Manager can assist in providing the finest New Forest Marquee products for your team to prepare.
If there are no budding Jamie Olivers’ in your company, then let Heathfield’s caterers take the strain and prepare delicious home-made meals, served in our luxurious dining room or al fresco on the Camellia Terrace throughout your stay.
We hope these tips will help you to plan a killer corporate retreat at Heathfield where everyone works hard but no one feels like it!
Contact our Estate Manager on 01425 880009 to start planning your retreat today…