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Tips for Planning the Perfect Corporate Retreats in Utah

Jun 7, 2022 | Capitol Reef National Park, Cougar Ridge Lodge, Things to do in Utah | 0 comments

Ready to help your office start moving on from the effects of the pandemic? Corporate retreats in Utah may be the answer.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, around 70 percent of full-time workers in the U.S. were working from home. Now, even as restrictions and virus numbers are fading fast, many businesses are continuing to opt to have their employees work from home at least part-time. In fact, in the wake of the pandemic, more than 90 percent of employees in one survey reported that they expected to work from home at least 1 day per week for the foreseeable future.

If your employees are working from home part-time or full-time as a result of COVID-19, or even if you had a remote workforce prior to 2020, helping your teams connect with one another can be a challenge. But a corporate retreat can help with this.

Whether your workforce is fully or partially remote, or even if they work from the office full-time, a corporate retreat can be a chance to reward them for their hard work. It can also be a good opportunity for team building and a great way to inspire your employees to keep up the great work. Corporate retreats in Utah help combine the benefits of a team-building-focused retreat with a relaxing, inspirational getaway. Thinking about treating your team to a group getaway? Keep reading for a few tips for planning the perfect retreat, and why Cougar Ridge is the ultimate destination.

Get Away From Tourist Hotspots

If you plan to give your employees time to relax, unwind, or enjoy some activities during your retreat, you might be tempted to plan to visit a tourist hotspot. But while having lots of restaurants and activities available nearby might sound like a good thing, it may counteract your goals for your retreat.

When you’re fighting crowds or your employees are going off in every direction to do various activities, you’ll lose out on valuable bonding time. In their excitement to do as much as possible, your employees might also be tempted to pack in too much at once — including some late nights. As a result, they won’t be well rested and focused during training or team-building sessions.

Moving your corporate retreats to a remote location can help with this. While your guests can still enjoy some exciting activities, like hiking and sightseeing in Capitol Reef National Park or perhaps an off-road adventure. But they’ll also reap the benefits of getting back to nature in a relaxing destination. 

Drop the Formalities Where Possible

An overly structured, strictly scheduled corporate retreat will end up feeling more like work than a reward to your employees. Even if you plan to have some training sessions or meetings during your trip, drop the formalities where possible. Host a laid-back BBQ rather than a more formal catered meal. Invite your employees to dress comfortably and leave their office wear at home. And if a meeting or talk about work projects can wait until you get back to the office, drop it in favor of some free time or a fun group activity, instead.

Even if the retreat is mandatory, making it feel like a mini-vacation is a great way to help your employees relax and get more out of your corporate retreats in Utah. It might just turn into their favorite annual tradition!

Get Outside

If your idea of a fun corporate retreat activity is a game you can play seated at a table, it’s time to mix things up. Moving your group activities outdoors will not only allow your guests to enjoy the incredible views that you’ll have at Cougar Ridge, but could just help them to be more productive and motivated when you return to the office.

Spending time outdoors offers a number of benefits, including:

  • A boost of energy
  • Less pain
  • A stronger immune system
  • More creativity
  • Better focus
  • And more!

While you should plan some time to visit Capitol Reef during your corporate retreats in Utah, there’s also plenty to do on-site at Cougar Ridge. Take a morning walk around the ranch and visit with our resident animals, including horses, alpacas, and a longhorn. Host a night sky party, and take in the incredible display of stars. You can even host a unique class on woodworking or horse care to give your employees a brand new experience they can share with one another.

Planning the Perfect Corporate Retreats in Utah

Whether you want to help your remote employees connect or want to reward your teams for a job well-down, corporate retreats in Utah are a great choice.

Cougar Ridge is the ultimate destination for your next retreat. Our Lodge is available to rent for groups and provides a variety of amenities, including multiple suites, kitchens, living spaces, and even a game room, gym, and sauna. Our staff can help coordinate catered meals, group activities, and everything else you need to host the perfect retreat.

Ready to host your own retreat? Contact us today to learn more!

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