Planning a corporate outing isn’t just about researching corporate retreat locations, organizing transportation for the attendees, and coming up with a delicious menu. It’s also about creating strategies to gain feedback from your staff during the event. Getting feedback is important since it will tell you what you’ve done right and what can still be improved.

Not sure where to begin? Here are some tips you can use:

Use traditional methods

These techniques are user-friendly and don’t require a ton of time, money, and effort. Simply leave paper surveys on each table and ask employees to fill them out before the event ends. You can also hire feedback staff who’ll go around the event venue, engage with your employees, and ask them how everything’s going.

Harness the power of technology

This is a great option if most of your employees are tech-savvy since it will encourage them to actually leave feedback. For instance, you can ask your staff to download an event app of your choice on their smartphones. The app won’t only send them push notifications about the event (i.e. the date, time, and venue) but will also remind them to give their feedback.

You can also create a hashtag for your event and encourage your employees to use it on social media, or use a social network where attendees can virtually “check in” to your event and leave their comments.

Experiment with interactive methods

Some companies install feedback stations with buttons to know if attendees are enjoying the event. These buttons can feature positive and negative emojis (i.e. a thumbs-up icon vs. a thumbs-down one) and allow people to easily answer questions or simply indicate whether they’re having fun or not. Most people will love the ease of use and will want to use the feedback stations.

Take these steps to gather feedback from your employees during your corporate outing! If you’re still at the planning stage and need a venue, call Oakwood Resort. As the leading Indiana retreat center, we cater to businesses that are based in Elkhart, Goshen, Warsaw, Fort Wayne, and South Bend that need a fantastic location for their company outings. We also provide training seminar venues as well as spaces for other corporate events.