Retreats, Diagnostic Retreats, and Holiday Retreats
Retreats. The QWLC management retreat has two functions:
1. to remove the management team from engagement so that it can more readily take
stock of its conditions, and 2. make adjustments as necessary so that future engagement
will be more effective and efficient. Retreats are conducted in off-site and away-from-the-ordinary
places to assure participants are not called away from the retreat by routine business.
Rarely does an agenda include "lecturette" material as learning is based
almost entirely on past or current organizational performance. The QWLC
retreat also varies from the traditional retreat in that it includes an additional
compliment of cultural facilitators.
Top Three Benefits:
Opportunity for participants to construct an agenda consisting of topics that
are only important to them.
An opportunity to "clear the air" of topics that may have been "hidden"
from each other.
Create a unified plan for continuing the engagement with added support from
See also the Request for Quote option that allows you
to receive a Quote from QWLC over the Internet.
The QWLC Retreat Showcase
(Held on an irregular schedule)
Our "Retreat Showcase"
option quickly provides a glimpse of what happens during QWLC retreat
There are several retreat models from which selections can be made.
Our Showcase will highlight major alternatives so that clients can make more informed
Any organization that "retreats" on a recurring basis
must send a representative to our next Showcase event.
Retreats of any kind are aimed at:
Relieving organization tension or stress.
Collaborative problem solving by key decision makers in the organization.
Team development activities that are both fun and serious (experiential in
Getting key decision makers off-site in a more informal atmosphere.
Leveling the playing field for a fresh start.
Re-energize individual performance.
Renew a sense of team productivity.
Refresh work group innovation.
Restore optimum organization effectiveness.
HAVE FUN LEARNING AND TALK ABOUT IMPORTANT TOPICS!
Types of Retreats
A retreat is a short duration off-site workshop designed to
"regroup" an organization and "reform" an approach which will
better lead to success.
A diagnostic retreat is a retreat during
which information is collected and presented that will more clearly enable higher
quality decision making concerning alternative courses of action.
retreat is a "light" retreat options that favors an organization
celebration for all employees. Normally, the holiday retreat is a bonus provided
by QWLC as a reward for exceptionally high participation over a specific
period (normally one year). Exceptionally high participation means that over 85%
of the organization has completed both a survey and inventory, and over 90% of the
organization has participated in at least one team activity during the period. Additional
criteria may be established to sweeten the holiday retreat attractiveness!
An ODI diagnostic retreat uses on-site CapacityWare
as the diagnostic regimen.
Characteristics of the QWLC
QWLC handles the entire retreat process so that everyone present gets
All too often we find that organizations assign internal
people the responsibility to manage the retreat. When this happens, people in the
group often participate minimally, or not at all. Key players are neglected at the
retreat and the full benefit of the event is diminished. ODI retreats are totally
managed by QWLC staff. We provide the link to everything from the off-hours
entertainment to managing meals. This way everyone gets to focus on
what's happening during the sessions.
We use our own organizational surveys and interpersonal style inventories.
own materials are unique to QWLC and unique to organization development.
Rarely do we encounter people who have taken, or even heard of, our "RGB Inventory."
Everyone is "in the dark" together about what the inventory results mean
- this levels the playing field so that everyone learns together.
QWLC retreats are designed for fun and serious work at the same time.
have fun playing hilarious games, and enjoying each other while focusing needed attention
on the serious aspects of continuous cultural improvement the same time. Options
for tailored memorabilia is decided in advance to assure every participant goes away
with memories that will last an organizational lifetime.
QWLC provides a complete retreat package that includes comprehensive
services that others just can't match.
Our retreat services include a
comprehensive preparation cycle, and a complete follow through regimen. Every detail
is well planned and designed for exacting follow through. Comments from retreat participants
are available on request that testify to our superior client satisfaction.
Elements of QWLC Retreats
I. Introductions with a Twist
We begin with an overview of the
session, and move into intros that provide an opportunity for participants to portray
their overall fit in the organization. Our intent is to break the ice and some of
the barriers that may exist. Our outcome is to facilitate new perspectives and expanding
II. Learning Games
We use card games or
puzzles with a focus on learning about life in the organization. They provide fun
with a point, usually generate laughter and open the opportunity for some good-hearted
banter. We facilitate learning about coworkers and "how things really happen"
around the workplace.
III. Data Collection and Feedback
data as a way of assessing the current conditions of worklife. We use informal methods
such as "walk-around" charts and "galactic wand voting," as well
as more formal methods-inventories, surveys and observations. Our teamwork and software
allow us to process data collected and provide analysis and feedback during the session.
Being on retreat often allows participants to expand boundaries
and think in new ways as opposed to the circumstances at work where they might be
inhibited by familiar surroundings and everyday pressures. We help groups capitalize
on the energy and synergy generated. We facilitate practical commitments by the appropriate
people to be met in a realistic time frame.
V. Re-entry Preparation
time on retreat lasts one day or one week, returning to the everyday workplace is
a challenge. Participants have had an experience that included organizational learning
and perhaps even significant revelations. Coworkers who did not attend have been
in the midst of "the same old" issues, probably with an extra workload
as they covered for those attending. It is important that stories from the retreat
are told, learnings are shared, and that there be consistency so that ownership in
the results of the retreat can be widely shared.
Frequently Asked Questions About Retreats
How often should a retreat be scheduled?
We recommend that retreats
be scheduled twice yearly, normally Spring and Fall.
Most organization retreat
on an annual basis, however. Routinely those on an annual retreat cycle complain
that they wished they'd had more time, or they commit to a follow-through that rarely
occurs. Naturally, an organization ought to retreat in the face of any significant
condition (such as reorganization, or downsizing, etc.)
Who should attend a retreat?
We recommend a "slice" of
the organization weighted toward senior management.
If a union or other bargaining
unit exists, representatives should be considered for attendance. We also recommend
that some selected non-management personnel attend. These are typically key influential
people who can accurately tell the story of what happened at the retreat and provide
valuable "front line" information about what is going on in the depth of
Where should a retreat be conducted?
Retreats ought to be held
away from the normal work site.
The importance of decisions that are made
in a retreat environment cannot be overstated. Out-of-the-box thinking is required
and is nearly impossible to stimulate in the routine environment. Often, getting
out of town completely is the right thing to do, but at minimum retreat planners
ought to "get away" to a suitable environment where lofty thoughts are
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