Desperately seeking a team building retreat? We’ve got lots of ingenious activity ideas to inspire and encourage employees. This page covers relaxing pamper days; other more energetic options include weekends away and survival adventures.
There’s an activity out there for everyone.
Here we describe what a pamper day feels like, explore the benefits and find out who it’s suited to.
If you’ve reached this page, but a pamper day is not for you, take a look at our index of corporate team building activities.
However, if you like the idea of something that’s more of an incentive than a challenge, this one will definitely do the job.
It’s all about swapping cell phones and computers for fluffy robes, slippers and tranquil surroundings.
Corporate team building activities don’t necessarily have to be challenging. Saying thank you for a job well done is just as important as developing teamwork skills to improve productivity.
A pamper day is a team building retreat that has two big benefits.
Firstly, it will make employees feel valued.
On a secondary level, it’s an incentive that will motivate them to keep up their efforts.
It usually involves visiting a spa. However, there are companies out there who will bring beauticians to you. These are usually called pamper parties. It’s generally a cheaper way of doing it but you don’t get to enjoy the full effects of a luxurious spa.
If you want the full monty, a spa trip is the way forward. Luxury hotels tend to include their own spas or you can go to a specialist one.
A pamper day is pretty much guaranteed to boost morale in the workplace. It’s great for:
It’s also a good choice if you’re searching for small group activities that can be worked into a weekend-long team building retreat.
Yes. This type of team building retreat is open to adaptation. It’s easy to apply the mix n match principle to a pamper day and tailor a session to suit.
Spas offer all sorts of different packages from stress busters to those designed for total relaxation.
It’s one of the best small group activities to create ‘time-out’ for a group of female employees. If you do happen to have a large group you can always enquire about hiring the whole spa for the day. Give them plenty of notice if you want to go for the latter option.
Packages are often a good deal as they’re cheaper than booking individual beauty treatments.
The most popular treatments include full body massages, facials and manicures/pedicures.
Basically, you’re spoilt rotten! That’s the whole point of this particular type of team building retreat.
If you’ve never been to a swanky spa, I can highly recommend it. The one I visited recently ... the floors gleamed, the tiled walls shone. The luxury leather furniture and recliners in the relaxation room might as well have been moulded to me.
From the moment I walked through the doors, it was the red carpet treatment all the way. A nice lady took my coat and bags and handed me a plush robe and soft towels.
I got the full works; manicure, facial and body scrub.
The full body scrub was definitely the highlight and I really did walk away feeling refreshed and revitalised. After a quick shower, I was tactfully left to arrange myself on the table with a towel to protect my bits and pieces. A beautician arrived and brushed a lime salt scrub all over - it makes the backs of your legs feel amazing! Take it from me – your skin really does tingle.
Then it was off for another quick shower to wash off the salt scrub. The best bit of the whole treatment was the aromatherapy massage. The beautician gently applied bergamot oil and worked on the knots in my shoulders – no doubt down to stress! It was so relaxing that I nodded off for a few minutes.
Your skin feels like it’s been given a new lease of life and you smell amazing thanks to the aromatherapy oil. Between treatments I got to use all the facilities. The Jacuzzi was huge and the aromatherapy steam room was amazing.
Does it really relax you? Well, it certainly worked for me. The train ride home in rush hour (bad timing on my part!) didn’t make my blood boil as per usual.
I went on a day off, not with colleagues from work. However, with lunch included – goat’s cheese salad, fresh figs and my very own basket of organic bread rolls – I can imagine it being a fun and bonding experience to share with teammates.
This video will give you a good picture of what it can be like:
It varies massively. You can keep a team building retreat simple and just pay for a standard spa session. You’ll get to chill out in the steam room, sauna and pool or just kick back and unwind in the relaxation rooms.
Or go down the deluxe pamper day route and add a couple of beauty treatments into the mix.
The great thing about this type of activity is that you can tailor it to suit your time constraints or budgets.
Keep it to a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon. Go for a basic package or add lunch and make a whole day of it.
Planning and organising a team building retreat at a spa is incredibly easy. As the name suggests, it’s all about indulgence and relaxation.
It’s a simple matter of setting aside time to enjoy it, making the booking and turning up. If you want something that’s easy to organise, you can’t go wrong.
However, don’t discount arranging a pamper day through an external teambuilding company because you think it will automatically be more expensive. Most companies who specialise in team building activities will have access to deals and special offers with certain spas.
Another big pro of the pamper day is that it’s suitable for a wide range of people. You’ve not got the physical restrictions that come with some other team building activities.Also, you get to spend some quality time with the people you work away from the hustle and bustle of the office.
Not unless you’ve got an aversion to rest and relaxation!
However, if you’re hunting for something that will enhance team building through communication or bring direct business benefits, this probably isn’t for you. A pamper day is a reward and is more suited to those interested in employee motivation and retention.
Images on this page courtesy of Off Limits, a specialist UK team building and events company.
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