The weather is heating up and people are looking for their next weekend getaway. And honestly, it might be time for you to get out of the day-to-day grind at the studio and do the same. In fact, have you considered taking your staff on a retreat?

Company retreats are not just for team building and enhancing work relationships, they are also for improving morale, strategizing and creating a working environment that can give your team the boost it needs.

After you finalize your destination, whether it be near or far, it is time to sit down and think out the logistics of how the retreat should run. Check out a few tips below:

1.Start with homework

No one enjoyed homework in school, but you should encourage everyone to love it when it comes to your studio’s operations. Ask your staff to prep before your retreat, give thought to an issue, bring along questions, ideas or things they would like to see changed.

2. Over-plan, over-communicate

Weeks before the retreat it is important everyone knows the details of the schedule. Do what you need to do to get it through the heads of your staff. Give a presentation, send a mass email or text with details. Make it impossible for your team to come unprepared.

3. Disconnect

Phones are important, especially in our technology-driven age. However, when it comes time at the retreat to discuss operations or growth strategies, try having everyone put them away. Full focus should be on the task at hand.

4. Activity time

There are few industries that know how to have as much fun as the yoga kind. But while planning your retreat it can be easy to get caught up in the structure of roundtables or work discussions. Don’t forget to plan fun, team building activities.

5. Never underestimate the power of food

In any event, good food yields good results. Food is a great conversation topic, and it will leave them bragging about the places they ate when they go back home. Make sure to spend some time on Yelp! researching the best places to go in the city hosting your retreat.