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:

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The QWLC Retreat Showcase

(Held on an irregular schedule)

Our "Retreat Showcase" option quickly provides a glimpse of what happens during QWLC retreat designs.

There are several retreat models from which selections can be made. Our Showcase will highlight major alternatives so that clients can make more informed selections.

Any organization that "retreats" on a recurring basis must send a representative to our next Showcase event.

Common Outcomes

Retreats of any kind are aimed at:

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.

A holiday 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 Diagnostic Retreat

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 work relationships.

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

We collect 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.

IV. Action Planning

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

Whether 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

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