July 22, 2021 by Andrea Rajic

10 Activities For An Amazing Company Offsite

10 Activities For An Amazing Company Offsite

Do you know how many meetings are held across the US every day?

Hundreds? Thousands?

Actually, 11 million meetings. Every single day. And the bad thing about it is that executives are mostly complaining that these meetings are unproductive and only waste their time.

A company offsite is also a type of meeting (a more informal one, though). The whole point of it is to bring people closer together, help them improve interpersonal relationships, and boost creativity by moving them from the usual working space.

But organizing an offsite may be a challenge if you’re trying to avoid the same old trivia competitions and truth or dare games. We’ve prepared 10 amazing suggestions that will make your company offsite truly memorable.

Offsite Ideas For Larger Teams

If you’re organizing an offsite for the whole company so multiple teams will attend, you need to make sure it’s not just another meeting. Maybe the best practices successfully combine fun activities with a dash of serious business talk. Here’s what you can do if you’re gathering the whole company.

1. Organize a Sports Show

It’s something you probably can’t do at the office, are we right? Less formal offsite meetings have a team-building purpose, and what’s better to boost the team spirit than a sports show? Organizing a football game or a three-discipline competition is an excellent way to promote cooperation, empathy, and fair play. If someone isn’t allowed to play sports due to a health condition, they can be on jury duty, or play chess - that’s a sport, too.

2. Film a Video

“A Day at the Office” may not be the next blockbuster, but it can sure be a fun thing to do. Pretend that you’re at work and have your teams walk you through their daily tasks and procedures. Ask them to talk about how they understand the company’s vision, or what values they have in common with you as their employer. You may even include a brief brainstorming session in the film and use it later to market your services. The video will be authentic and original, that’s for sure.

3. Have a Dance Competition

Can everyone on your team dance? Probably not. But will everyone have fun doing it? Yup.

You’ve seen the famous Friends choreography that Monica and Ross managed to pull off years after their high school days? Why not try to reenact it? Or if you feel inspired, invent your own dance moves to show off in front of your coworkers. Divide your people into several groups and pick a winner after you’ve all had a chance to be in the spotlight. Fun and laughter are guaranteed.

Retreat Activities For Smaller Teams

Small businesses with up to 10 employees can also organize a fun and fruitful company offsite. Here are a few suggestions.

1. Build a Lego City

Did you like Lego when you were younger? Who are we kidding? We all still love to play with Lego, so it may as well be a fantastic activity for a company offsite. Building a Lego city, or anything else, while relaxing in a cool venue or in a nice park can be a great experience for everyone on the team. It will spark your creativity, help you bond with your coworkers, and teach you how to work together to achieve the best results. Don’t forget to bring a pen and paper - you may get some cool ideas while playing.

2. Go to an Escape Room

Want to get better at thinking on your feet and making connections? Want to learn how to remain calm under pressure? Of course, no one’s gonna keep you in that room even if you don’t find your way out, but it’s still a thrilling experience. Escape rooms have become increasingly popular over the past few years, so it may be an excellent idea to include them in your corporate retreat activity plan. If your business has ten employees, divide into groups of five and find out who’s going to get out of there first.

3. Have a Cooking Show

There’s never been a great company offsite without some amazing food. But why not prepare it for yourselves? Find a few simple (or more complex, if you’re brave enough) recipes online and divide your crew into two teams. Each team has a minute to pick the ingredients they’ll use and once that minute is over, you’re not allowed to change the ingredients. Both teams will have a specific amount of time to complete the meals and then all you need to do is taste them and decide which one is more delicious! Or at least edible.

Corporate Retreats For Executives

Some companies plan more specific offsite meetings where sometimes only executives are included. Department heads also need to work on their communication, management, and cooperation skills, so here’s what they may enjoy doing during an offsite.

1. Wine Tasting Road Trip

If you want to organize an elegant, semi-formal offsite event, a wine-tasting road trip to a local winery may be an excellent idea. Not only can these events be super educational and interesting, but it’s also a nice opportunity to speak to each of your coworkers without the pressure you may feel at the office. And with that pressure taken off everyone’s chest, they may be more open to hearing new ideas or just getting to know each other. That will strengthen your team and their engagement with the company and its values.

2. Community Service

Want to feel better about yourself? Contributing to your community is an excellent way to do just that. There’s plenty to do anywhere you live - from planting trees and volunteering at animal shelters to chaperoning a field trip or organizing a charity dinner for your local Red Cross. Doing something good for someone else increases empathy and may give you ideas on how to improve your relationship with other people on your team or make them feel appreciated for their hard work. This type of retreat may be unconventional, but it’ll sure be a heartwarming experience and let you bond with your colleagues.

Team Building For Employees

Are your employees invited to the offsite? It may be a good time to give them a chance to speak up in a more relaxed environment and have a prolific idea exchange.

1. Create a Work of Art Together

It’s probably not going to resemble Picasso or Kandinsky, but it may be an amazing creative outlet for the whole team. Get a bunch of white canvases or sheets and some acrylic paint, or… any kind of paint will do, really. You can work all together on a single canvas, or each team can create a beautiful work of art for their office. This activity lets you express your feelings and emotions in an artistic way, and you get to enjoy an actual product you’ve created together as a team.

2. Switch the Roles for the Day

Your employees may not be confident enough to share their ideas with their executives all the time. And actually, as some inspirational business leaders say - good ideas can come from anywhere. This activity may encourage your employees to share their insights as they’ll feel less under pressure in an informal setting. Have them be the bosses for the day and talk about strategies and plans they’d execute if they’d had a chance. They might surprise you!

A Memorable and Unique Company Offsite

Choose any of these 10 ideas and you’ll have an unforgettable offsite meeting with your employees that will probably result in a bunch of wonderful ideas on how you can all work to improve the business and reach your goals.

And if you’re looking to boost your in-office experience and provide productive workspaces for your employees, check out what Gable has to offer. Reach out today and let us help you find a great spot for your team to come up with awesome business ideas.

Written By

Andrea Rajic

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