Whether it is a destination corporate retreat or not, there are things you need to do to ensure that the corporate outing you plan won’t be a disaster for you and everyone involved.

But with all the variables you need to consider, from the venue to event goals, planning a team outing is easier said than done.

The good news is there is a venue that you can use for a wide range of company outing activities. Whether your company is based out of South Bend, Fort Wayne, Elkhart, Warsaw, Goshen, or anywhere else, Oakwood Resort offers premium space for company retreats. So that’s one problem out of the way.

The next step is to identify the purpose of your event. Most corporate outings are not just about having fun. The most effective ones always have a set agenda or goals for a specific outcome.

A corporate retreat is intended to bring the team together, but are there other things your company should address?

  • Is your corporate retreat going to help increase creativity and innovation?
  • Is there a deficiency within the team that needs to be worked on and resolved?
  • Do coworker relationships need improvement?
  • Is there a need to enhance communication within the team?

With these goals in mind, you can plan an effective and productive company retreat.

So how do you have fun and ensure goals are achieved? Come up with team building activities with a purpose.

Fun Ideas for a Corporate Outing

Join Volunteer Opportunities

Supporting a good cause is good for the soul. Volunteering is sure to make everyone in the team feel happy and fulfilled knowing they did something awesome for others in need. Some volunteering ideas include helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity, volunteering at a local soup kitchen, or delivering gifts to children’s hospitals.

You can also choose volunteer opportunities based on the professional skills and expertise of your employees. If you are in the construction industry, for example, volunteering for a home makeover is an excellent option.

Room Escape Games

If you want an activity that will showcase everyone’s leadership skills and provide an opportunity for bonding, playing Escape Room games is a great idea. Trying to escape a room by solving puzzles and carrying out group tasks is sure to get everyone working together.

Mystery Dinner

Think team members need to know other people in different teams or departments? Sending a group of people from different teams within the company for a mystery dinner could be the solution you’re looking for.

The dinner should be hosted by one of your company’s leaders.

Participants are only provided the date and time of the mystery dinner ahead of time. On the day of the scheduled dinner, they are provided with the name of the restaurant and who they will be going with so they can arrange transportation.

The mystery may not be a full-on mystery at this point, but it will encourage everyone to meet, greet, and mingle.

Kayaking or Canoeing

If you want to test a team’s ability to co-operate and work together, hosting a kayaking or canoeing competition might be one option. To make the corporate retreat more exciting, pair or group people who don’t usually work together.

There are plenty of other ideas for a company outing but stick to the most effective formula, fun and purpose.