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Top 10 Virtual Retreat Ideas for the Workplace

Veronica Brundle - Jan 7 2022, 2:36:04 PM

Now is the perfect time to start considering planning your 2022 virtual retreat ideas for your employees. A virtual retreat is a great way to help your virtual team interact and connect online. Depending on your overall goal in mind, a virtual retreat can come in several shapes and sizes. Whether you are looking to plan a virtual escape from the hectic workday or gather the team to connect for a non-work-related touch base, virtual retreats are great for helping with company morale and team bonding.

What is a virtual retreat?

A virtual retreat can be many things. Most commonly, it is an opportunity for team building and bonding outside of the normal workday. It is a scheduled event designed to encourage your team members to take a moment to step back, reflect and reset before heading into the busy time of the year or before a big project. The best part about a virtual retreat is employees can connect with people they wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to connect with. Think about it: How well does your accounting department know the marketing department? How could encouraging a connection between the two departments help with the overall company morale? Virtual retreats can provide your team with the opportunity to learn about themselves, escape the stress of the workday and build connections with their team members in a fun and innovative way.

How do I plan a successful virtual retreat?

A successful virtual retreat is focused on team building and having fun. Overall, they should help lighten the move, foster connections and create healthy work relationships. When building out a successful virtual retreat for your team, consider one of our many preplanned, organized and easy-to-schedule virtual events to help guide your team-building exercises and provide you with seamless execution. When you schedule one of our events for your team retreat, you can sit back, relax and let us take care of everything. All you need to do is add the virtual retreat to your employee’s calendar, and we’ll take it from there.

Let’s take a look at a few virtual retreat ideas that are fun, innovative and perfect for the workplace.

Caviars of the World

You may not be able to provide all of your employees with a paid vacation to show you care, but you can bring the caviars of the world directly to their doorstep! This experience is a storytime session that provides your team with an immersive experience to learn everything there is about the caviars of the world. What’s great about this experience is that it’s not something your team members would ever buy themselves. Together, your team can learn all there is to know about caviar, experience the exquisite taste and have something to talk about with each other for months to come.

Oktoberfest Beer Tasting

Bring your team on a virtual retreat to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, from the comfort of their homes! If you have a team full of beer lovers, this will be a tasty bonding experience everyone will enjoy. This beer-tasting virtual event delivers four hand-picked craft beer selections straight to your team members’ doors to provide a small taste of Oktoberfest. Get ready for good drinks and good times, the perfect company-wide retreat for your team members.

Team-Based Virtual Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is the perfect team-building exercise with a competitive twist! This online adventure is designed to get the whole group laughing and engaging with their colleagues in a non-work-related environment. Your team members will have to put their creativity to the test with a combination of text-, video- and photo-based missions. What makes a scavenger hunt the perfect virtual retreat? It invites everyone on an adventure, encourages team members to work as a team and distracts everyone from the stressful parts of their workweek.

A Taste of Paris

Get ready for a City of Lights Paris–themed tasting experience like no other! This experience brings together a decadent assortment of authentic French pastries and treats that will have your team’s mouths watering! As a virtual retreat, a taste of Paris allows everyone to connect with team members as they experience the delicious tastes of Paris. As your team works through the treats, encourage them to share what they like most about the Paris treats with the team. You can even take this a step further by providing some history or including a trivia game. What more could you ask for with a team-building event?

Murder by Team Building

If your team is ready for a challenge and a little bit of mystery, get ready for this action-packed murder mystery virtual experience. As a virtual retreat, this experience encourages critical and creative thinking, promotes teamwork and is loads of fun — the perfect mix for a successful team-building exercise. Your team will have 60 minutes to work together to solve the mysterious murder of David Park. Think they have what it takes? Only one way to find out!

Tasting Coffees from Around the World

Who says Monday-morning coffee can’t involve a little fun? Help your team start their week off right with a coffee-tasting virtual retreat that was made to start the week off on the right foot. Each virtual event kit includes five pre-measured coffee for a side-by-side tasting so everyone on your team can discuss and try the different tastes of coffee together. Whether your team is prone to the midweek slumps or a group full of coffee lovers looking to expand their palate, this is the virtual retreat that is sure to mix up their week — in a good way.

Cure for the Common Zombie

This zombie-themed virtual game challenges your team members to work collaboratively to find the cure to the zombie apocalypse! Can your team work together to discover the cure in 60 minutes? There’s only one way to find out. All you need to do is consider this intense, adventure-packed game for their virtual retreat

Best of the US: Tour of America Scavenger Hunt

It’s time to pack your team into the virtual van and take them on a scavenger hunt adventure throughout the United States! This virtual retreat experience will have your team searching for clues and hidden details in some of the most well-known places in the country. Get ready for a challenging team-building exercise designed to make members of your team think critically, have fun and learn something new.

Tokyo Ramen Shop Tour

Take your team on the Tokyo Ramen adventure they never knew they needed! Together, your team members will experience five packs of premium ramen from Michelin-star ramen shop Nakiryu. You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look in one of Tokyo’s most popular ramen shops. This is a great opportunity to have conversations that aren’t work-centric and bond with team members over the delicious tastes of ramen.

Neverland: Heist of the High Seas

Surprise your team with a pirate-themed virtual retreat! It will come as a fun workweek surprise and can give your team a chance to step away from their work for a while to have some fun. This virtual escape game is the perfect team-building exercise that will have everyone on their feet and working collaboratively to escape the wrath of Captain Hook. All your team members will need are some killer critical thinking skills, a good attitude and the ability to work in a team setting.

So, how do you plan the perfect virtual retreat for your team?

The best place to start is by looking for a solution that seems fitting for your team’s interests and personalities. Are they adventure seekers or coffee lovers? Would they enjoy the virtual retreat at the beginning of the day or for an afternoon happy hour? Understanding these small details about them can help you plan a virtual retreat they will all enjoy and remember for years to come.

Our virtual retreats and experiences are low-stress and high quality so you never have to worry about the planning or scheduling logistics. We offer a wide array of uniquely designed events that can fit any budget, group and occasion.

To learn more about our events or to schedule one today, contact us today!

Originally published at Jan 7 2022, 2:36:04 PM. Updated on Sep 30 2022.

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