Company Retreats; to perk up team productivity, morale and teamwork

For a lot of people looking for jobs, a company trips or team buildings are very attractive and it’s one big factor that they consider. These retreats are more valuable and its main purpose is to maintain morale and keep the employee for a long time not just merely attract an employee. A company trip can help rekindle relationships and allow employees to be themselves while everyone’e enjoying and relaxing. This will help strengthen the bond of all employees and this will also help build engagements.

Bbo Co, Ltd – Philippine Branch took an effort to reward all the employees and show the company’s appreciation of their efforts and hard work. The planning started a few months before the trip. The trip was set on April 12-14 and the company chose the beautiful country called Taiwan. Since we also have a branch in Taiwan we took the opportunity to meet our counterparts in Taiwan We depart from Cebu, Philippines at 7:05 AM and reached Taipei, Taiwan at 9:05am.

Day 1:

Upon arrival to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airpot we need to ride an MRT to reach Backpackers Hostel in  Ximen, Taipei, Taiwan where we need check in.

After check in we took our first experience to Taiwanese street foods and milk tea of course!

After check in we took our first experience to Taiwanese street foods and milk tea of course!  Part of travelling is the fun we get not just by the place but also the taste of food and drinks. This is a must try milk tea drink in the heart if Taiwan.

This is a street food found around Taipei. You can get them on a very reasonable price. We all enjoyed our street food experience! After Lunch we had our City tour: We ride on their double decker bus and experienced the tourist attractions of Taipei. We went to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Longshan Temple, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, National Museum, Martyr’s Shrine and we passed by the famous Taipei 101.

This is the most prominent historical landmark in Taiwan.The Memorial Hall is white with four sides. The roof is blue and octagonal, a shape that picks up the symbolism of the number eight, a number traditionally associated in Asia with abundance and good fortune.

Towering above the city like the gigantic bamboo stalk it was designed to resemble, Taipei 101 is impossible to miss.

After the City Tour we were luck enough to meet and greet our Taiwan counterparts and of course our Big Boss. Taiwan counterparts prepared a very delicious food for everyone. We conducted some activities to test how well employees know our products and the company. Everyone had fun and we ended the day bringing all the good things our bosses have shared. We will claim that we will be Asia’s no. 1 in this line of business.

Day 2:

We had our breakfast and at 9am our tour guide picked us up and we head to Yehliu Geopark. We then went to Jinguashi Golden waterfalls, Shifen waterfalls, Shifen Old Street for Sky Lantern Flying and Jiufen Old street. We had our lunch in some local restaurant in Jiufen Old Street. After the tour we head back to Taipei and drop off was in Shillin Night Market. We had our street foods for dinner and after that we stroll around and buy some stuff to bring back home in the Philippines.

Day 3:

Today is our Free day where we can go ang walk around Taipei since our flight back to Cebu is still at 8:30 PM. Some went to Ximending for some shopping and some went to different spots near our hostel. We had our lunch together, checked out at 11:00 AM, head to MRT station. Checked in at the Airport at 4:00 PM. Lined up to immigration and board 8:30 PM We safely reach Cebu, Philippines around 11:35 PM.

Giving a company retreat is one way of appreciating and thanking the contributions of employees. This will result to boost employees morale and fostering better communication and teamwork. Company activities as grand as this needs careful planning and budgeting. The success of any activity will depend on the planning of the management. It’s also important that you include the employees’ suggestions or opinions.

The company should organize activities that they can work as a group or activities that they can work on individually. It is always a great idea to take employees out of the office once in a while and achieve positive effect.