7 Companies That Take Employees on Amazing Vacations
Relaxing on the beach in Cabo San Lucas or zip lining in Las Vegas are activities we don’t usually associate with work. But companies are increasingly investing in retreats to grow employee connectedness and happiness.
“If you invest in people [with events], there’s no better return you can get,” said Asher Raphael, co-CEO of Power Home Remodeling. “Our people become not only better at their jobs, but also become more dedicated to the organization.”
Here are 7 companies that can serve as company retreat inspiration:Start Slideshow
Power Home Remodeling
“Paid trip to Mexico… need I say more,” writes one remodeling consultant in a Glassdoor review for the company. Once a year, this Philadelphia-based home remodeling company spends millions of dollars to bring its entire staff to Mexico for an unforgettable company retreat.Browse Open Jobs
This weight loss and wellness company is serious about getting its employees out of the office and moving around in the world. Last year, the company hosted an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris for employees and their families. “The whole idea for this international retreat was to find a way to give employees a benefit that allows them to embrace life experiences while at this job, instead of deferring them to later in life,” said CEO Charles Teague in an interview.Browse Open Jobs
This Denver-based tech company hosts two company-wide retreats annually to bring together its employees who work in the company’s offices across the U.S. and Europe. Even better, one of the retreats is usually on the beaches of Mexico. “Let’s not forget about the company-wide annual kick-off retreat. Who doesn’t like a few days at an all-inclusive resort?” says one current engineer of the company.Browse Open Jobs
A significant portion of the company works remotely, so retreats are the time they can finally meet face-to-face. "Even the best video conferencing tools and regular virtual meetings can’t build relationships the same way face-to-face meetings can," says Erik Nierenberg, CEO at Litmus on Litmus' blog. In 2016, for example, the tech company took its employees to a ski trip in Stowe, Vermont to hit the winter slopes together.Browse Open Jobs
Black Mountain Systems
Photos on Black Mountain Systems’ Glassdoor Employer Profile feature the team in a variety of exotic locales, from the sands of Cabo San Lucas to zip lines in Las Vegas. “A start-up culture with an abundance of great minds and intellectual colleagues who love working together to solve problems. You work hard, but play harder,” says a current senior project manager at the company. “There are annual off-sites where you get to meet your fellow co-workers and have a great time.”Browse Open Jobs
This real estate software company has made employee happiness a top priority. “There’s no set schedule for our events — they’re planned when we see an opportunity to celebrate an achievement and bring together all of our staff and agents across the country. So far, we've held events in the Hamptons, Aspen, San Francisco and LA,” said a Compass spokeswoman to Built In NYC. One current office administrator writes in a Glassdoor review of the company: “I really appreciate all the company morale activities which keeps being an employee fun!”Browse Open Jobs
Schellman & Company
Schellman & Company, a leading provider of attestation and compliance services, goes above and beyond when it comes to taking care of their employees. In addition to 30 days of paid vacation leave, a 10% 401(k) match and employer-paid insurance premiums, the company takes employees (plus a guest!) on an annual corporate retreat. Previous locations have included Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Key West and the Bahamas.See Open Jobs
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