Corporate Retreat Games in NJ/NYC – Top Ideas That Work

Corporate Retreat Games
Lisa Lawrence

Written by Lisa Lawrence

Lisa Lawrence. is a certified facilitator and team building expert with over 12 years of experience in the field.  She has a passion for helping to build stronger teams and has worked with a wide range of fortune 500 businesses to improve communication and boost morale in the New York City Metro Area.

January 26, 2023

Thinking about going on a much needed company retreat? Fantastic – and we’re sharing some of the best corporate retreat games to take it to the next level. Here’s how to make it a retreat to remember.

Stop what you’re doing right now, workaholics. When was the last time you went on a company retreat?

That’s right. Retreats are proven to boost productivity, employee morale, idea generation, and even your bottom line.

And how’s this for a shock? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, businesses can lose up to $3 billion dollars a year from poor morale and disengagement alone.

Happy, but most importantly, engaged employees are 87% more likely to stay with your company long-term. These are the employees who take personal ownership in your business, which can boost your profits by as much as 200%!

Best #3 Corporate Retreat Games

So how do you retain the best and brightest?

Plan an enriching program packed with games to improve the following:

  • Inter-departmental communication
  • Skill development
  • Time management
  • Goal-setting
  • Accountability
  • Stress management
  • Trust

When done right, company retreats are an invaluable asset, so let’s explore the activities you need for that next retreat.

Board Games

When was the last time you sat down with friends to play Monopoly, Life, or Cranium?

These three board games are perfect ice-breakers for bringing employees together from across the company aisle.

In large companies, employees don’t always see co-workers from neighboring departments. And when they do communicate, it may only be through email or that occasional “hello” in the hallway.

That doesn’t provide much room to stimulate productive communication, but board games are an effective way to bring employees together through shared interests, good ole’ fashioned fun, and a little healthy competition.

Cooking Games

You only need to look to the Food Network for this next activity.

Now that your team has broken the ice, it’s time to up the challenge with culinary-inspired teambuilding games.

With a cooking challenge, your employees have to work together to produce the best tasting and looking dish. So their challenge is to choose a leader and delegate responsibilities effectively.

Just like Top Chef, Chopped, and Iron Chef!

But don’t worry, your employees don’t have to be 5-star chefs. The following cooking games are fun, creative, and ideal for all skill levels:

  • Challenge your team to bake and decorate a cake in the form of a chosen shape, logo, or other design.
  • Have your team prepare a full 5-course meal, starting with appetizers and ending with dessert.
  • Challenge your employees to come up with a dessert that’s never been tried before

Remember to plan ahead for any food allergies or specialized diets.

Trivia Games

Now that your team is showing major progress with their communication, it’s time to develop those skills.

Instead of working together, employees compete against each other to be the first to answer trivia questions correctly. Just like Jeopardy!

This is an example of healthy competition and it’s ideal for helping employees strengthen their skills in sales, product knowledge, and quality control.

It’s also a good activity to hold at the end since employees have already benefited from those confidence-boosting communication games held at the start of the retreat.

Ready to put the fun back in work now?

You can totally let loose and improve your productivity at the same time.

Don’t forget to include these games in your next retreat, so you can make the most out of your investment.  Let’s Play!


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