December 25, 2017
With the remote work boom in full swing, it's only a matter of time before your company needs to start taking advantage. Fortunately, entrepreneurs around the world are singing the trends praises so it should be a smoother transition, as long as you follow a few key tips.
We asked seven entrepreneurs what creative ways you can bring all the key leaders together a few times a year that will actually lead to productive conversation. Take a look at what they had to say below:
Hold a Quarterly Retreat
“My company, Webfor also has remote team members and we were struggling with this same question last year. We decided to do a quarterly retreat to bring everyone together to strategize and to tackle our three biggest limiting factors. During that meeting we brainstorm and assign responsible parties and deadlines. We always grab some food and end with drinks. It's been both fun and productive.”
– Kevin Getch of Webfor
Rent a Cabin for a Few Days
“We run a remote team of 36. It is imperative to bring a bunch of our people together at least once a year. We will rent a cabin on the ocean or in the mountains and invite people to join us for strategy sessions, vision planning, and learning. These are typically three days events. The immersion is an important part. We cook for each other, clean for each other and share rooms, family style.”
– Corey Blake of Round Table Companies
Host a Creative Getaway
“With the idea of working remote and distributed growing in popularity, it is important for companies to keep remote team members engaged and feeling loved. We do so by having events throughout the year, sometimes retreats in areas that are new to the employee. This fosters creativity, growth and a sense of pride within the team.”
– Zachary Burkes of Predictable Profits
Keep the Retreat Informal
“The idea of the “company retreat” seems dead nowadays, but there doesn’t have to be anything formal about getting your team together and putting them up in a nice hotel/lodge/vacation home while you meet together. Have a strong agenda if you want to get things done. Having some fun earlier in the day will disarm people and make them more open to sharing.”
– Matt Doyle of Excel Builders
Hold a Company Summit
“With remote team members across the country, we hold an annual summit. This event includes lectures and meetings, as well as group meals and entertainment, to bring employees together in both business and social settings. We focus on large-scale ideas in order to maximize the time together. This is a helpful team-building approach whether you hold yours annually or quarterly.”
– Chuck Cohn of Varsity Tutors
Hold Digital-Free Meetings
“At Nextiva, we have a rapidly growing team of remote channel managers who manage our channel partners. We bring them in at least once a quarter for strategizing sessions. Before their meeting starts we require that each person put their cell phone and computer in another room. We find that this focus helps bring about some of our most innovative ideas.”
– Yaniv Masjedi of Nextiva
Meet at Industry Conferences
“We find that setting up meetings around industry conferences is a powerful and creative way to get our team excited and motivated to bring in new ideas. Not only do we all get together, we are also exposed to new ideas, concepts, and can discuss what we're learning and ways of growing the company based on new knowledge. And of course, we schedule time to go out, bond and have fun!”
– Marcela De Vivo of Mulligan Funding
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