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retreatがなぜ会合になるのかいまいちピンときてなかったので整理してみました。retreatには「(安全静寂な場所状態への)隠遁, 避難, 引きこもり.」(ウィズダム英和辞典)の意味がありますが、ここから「日常業務から離れて集うこと」となり、その集まりの目的がチームの結束を高めることだったら「社員旅行」になりリクリエーションなどもするんでしょうし、新たなプロジェクトの理解やスキルを高めることだったら「社員研修」になるでしょうし、会社の方針を話し合うようでしたら「会議」「会合」になるのでしょう。


How to Plan a Company Retreat
If you have a project that's too big to fit into a two-hour meeting slot, a retreat might be just the tool you need to hash it out. Here's how to make sure you get the most out of your time offsite.

 By Sarah Kessler
Do you need to work out a strategic plan? Build your team? Launch a project? It's unlikely that you will be able to work through these projects in a one- or two-hour meeting-;which is why many companies choose to hold an annual retreat.

"You start to understand perspectives that maybe you hadn't considered before," CEO and founder of Tutor.com George Cigale says of his company's past retreats. "Slowing down time allows you to think a little bit differently about the way you communicate and depend on each other." Throughout the years, Tutor.com's retreats have facilitated both large changes, like deciding to expand into the consumer market, and small changes, like instituting monthly meetings about operational metrics.

Taking time for a retreat eliminates daily work distractions and helps set the tone that the project you are working on is important and worth extra time. Here's how to get started on making yours a success.


A Guide to Planning and Conducting Successful Retreats
Edwin C. Thomas, Director
Governmental Research and Service
Institute for Public Service and Policy Research
University of South Carolina

1.      What is a retreat?
A retreat is a meeting that is typically designed and organized specifically to facilitate the ability of a group to step back from their day-to-day demands and activities for an extended period of concentrated discussion, dialogue, and strategic thinking about the organization’s future or about specific issues.
2.      Why hold a retreat?
There are as many reasons for doing a retreat as there are issues and challenges facing an organization.  Among the most common uses of retreats are:
        Strategic planning
        Budgeting
        Discussion of specific issues or challenges facing the organization
        Team building
        Problem solving
        Development of annual goals and objectives
        Orienting new members
3.      Where should a retreat be held?
This is a challenging question for many organizations.  Ideally, a retreat is conducted away from the normal workplace.  The reasons for this are straightforward:
        Retreats are hard work and require long periods of intense, uninterrupted discussion
        Participants are less likely to be interrupted by phone calls and staff members if they are away from the office
        Participants can better focus on the topics under discussion
        Participants are more like to stay for the entire time
        Being “away on retreat” creates a atmosphere that is more conducive to teamwork, creative thinking,  and consensus building
Many governmental organizations are sensitive to holding meetings outside of their normal place of business.  Citizens may criticize such meetings as efforts to “hide” from public scrutiny.  There may also be criticism because of the cost of the retreat.  Obviously, if a governmental organization enjoys a good relationship with the press and its citizens, such criticism is minimal. 
It is usually possible to find a good retreat site within your city or county boundaries.  Banks often have meeting rooms that you could use.  The public library may be a good location.  Local hotels have boardrooms or small meeting rooms that make good retreat locations.   But the drawback to meeting close to home and office is the increased likelihood that participants will arrive late, leave early, or be interrupted by routine, day-to-day demands.