Everybody loves a break from work. It relaxes and rejuvenates you, and you come back feeling great — ready to tackle workplace pressures and stress again.
But when you come back to work, the stresses of your work and home life take over, and you soon find yourself deep in the grind. What you will also notice is that job performance, and productivity takes a back seat as workplace demands take over.
This is where wellness retreats can help tremendously.
You and your team have the opportunity to get away and rejuvenate. But you also gain other long-term benefits — both for you, your team and your organisation.
So what are these benefits? Let’s take a quick look.
1. Better physical health
Tackling workplace demands and balancing it with a hectic home life can play havoc with your physical health. Plus sitting at your computer desk for long periods of time with little or no physical activity can hurt your health.
A workplace wellness retreat gives the opportunity to target your physical health for long-term benefits.
Depending on the type of wellness retreat you attend, many will focus on physical activities and include general fitness training and nutrition education so that employees can make better lifestyle choices for their health.
2. Better mental health
Work can be stressful, and over time this stress can have severe implications for your mental health.
Getting away for a few days can help revitalise your emotional and mental state. But the added benefit with a wellness retreat is that you are often given the tools and the time to reflect and learn relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, and journaling — which can be incorporated into your daily life.
3. Increased productivity
When you and your teammates are in better physical health and are feeling mentally and emotionally healthy, then you can tackle work situations better and are able to lead a happier balanced life.
Retreats can also be designed to achieve specific goals like brainstorming for challenges and fosters the way for creative thinking and problem-solving.
These positive results show up in improved workplace productivity, clearer thinking, and increased creativity.
4. Stronger teams
Employees have an opportunity to get to know one another better in a non-working environment. This helps them bond with each other and it also gives you the opportunity to know them better.
Participating in activities together helps break down barriers and improve communication between co-workers as they build trustworthy relationships with each other. This boosts team morale and camaraderie while building stronger teams.
Better relationships means there is less conflict at work, less stress and anxiety and more productivity.
Whether a wellness retreat is offered as an incentive, or a reward, or is a regular part of your work culture, it is an opportunity to get away and learn life skills for optimum health and wellbeing. These retreats benefit not only you and your employees but also your organisation for a very long time.