BRANDIOSE OPS' FIRST SURVEY
This month, we present our first MiLB-wide survey asking teams to tell us about their Staff Retreat. We had 15 franchises participate in this month’s survey. We hope more of you’ll participate next time.
A STAFF RETREAT WITH CONVICTION
In his interview Parney told us with conviction that the retreat is of great value to the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Based on the results from those that filled out the survey the teams that are doing the staff retreat also find it to be valuable.
Based on my own experience and looking at what the other teams said, a lot can be accomplished on a retreat from team building and creative brain storming to establishing ticket pricing and setting goals for the next season. The important thing is getting away from the office together. Yes, you already spend a lot of time together but with a new setting you have a new mind set.
CHEAP IS BETTER THAN NOTHIN'!
What I’d say to teams that do not have a budget for the retreat, start small. Trade for a meeting space and a dinner together. Do a social activity such as mini golf and share a few laughs together. You are all about to start selling groups. You are going to call local companies and tell them about using your suites as meeting space and attending games for a great employee outing. Take your advice. Your ballparks fun places and what you are telling those people is true but your ballparks are your offices. Go find somewhere else to meet and have fun together. It will not break the bank. You will see the results of meeting away from the office and the impact of some social time together.
WISDOM FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE...
WHAT'S ONE THING YOU LOVE THAT YOU THINK EVER TEAM SHOULD STEAL?
“A change of scenery is a great way to shake things up and allow people to be more open. ”
“Stay off site! It allows you to not get distracted and it can act as a thank you to the staff for their hard work for the season.”
“That we get away from the stadium. From a mental standpoint, I think that is half the battle and helps coming up with ideas.”
ANY OTHER IDEAS TO MAKE IT BETTER?
“Retreat ideas seems to be put together by upper management.... think that input on retreat activities should come from everyone”
“It's not collaborative really. It is just regurgitating info from last year and plans for next year.”
“It would be longer. We never get through as much as we would like.”
IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, WHAT KIND OF A RETREAT WOULD YOU PUT ON?
“As many staff bonding activities as possible in order to create relationships with other staff members you would not necessary work with on a daily basis and help strength those relationships.”
“A trip to a nearby resort”
“Off-site by one of the local beaches local or mountains.”
“Planning one day and team building/fun activities the next”
“Start on Sunday, go to an NFL game and start the retreat on Monday morning for 2-3 full days.”
“A weekend retreat where you spend a little time working and a lot of time bonding. I don't think as a staff we have enough forced family fun.”