Law firms are witnessing a resurgence in the popularity of partner and firm-wide retreats.
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Reconnecting in a Changing Work Landscape
Law firms are witnessing a resurgence in the popularity of partner and firm-wide retreats. After a prolonged period of remote work and virtual meetings, firms recognize the value of bringing people together — and attorneys are increasingly expressing their desire for these events. Retreats not only facilitate face-to-face interactions but also foster unity among firms with multiple offices across the country and even globally.
A Reintroduction of Retreats
Understandably, during the past few years, retreats had become a neglected aspect of law firm culture. However, a recent trend report suggests that attorneys and partners view these gatherings as a coveted job perk. And, recognizing the benefits of retreats in boosting morale, fostering collaboration and reinvigorating team spirit, many firms are revisiting the idea of organizing such events. Some attorneys are even advocating for the inclusion of spouses and families, allowing for extended stays after the meeting concludes.
The Power of Face-to-Face Interaction
Despite the prevalence of flexible work locations in the legal profession, retreats are crucial in bringing employees together. When attorneys from various offices gather in a single location, it creates an opportunity for meaningful personal connections and a shared sense of purpose. Face-to-face interaction facilitates brainstorming, knowledge sharing and relationship building, which can be challenging to achieve in a virtual environment. By uniting attorneys from different locations, retreats contribute to a stronger sense of unity and cohesiveness within the firm.
Destination Choices and Trends
Law firms have diverse preferences when it comes to choosing retreat destinations. Many tend to favor warm-weather leisure destinations, such as Miami, other parts of Florida and California (San Diego, Los Angeles, Wine Country), as well as the Caribbean and Mexico. These locations provide an ideal backdrop for both work and leisure activities. On the other hand, some firms prefer to keep their retreats local or near their headquarters, opting for metropolitan areas such as New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and other major cities. Metropolitan locations allow for easy access for all participants and easier to coordinate.
Early Booking and Considerations
To ensure the success of a retreat, firms are encouraged to book early to secure the best pricing and availability. Previous retreats can serve as a guide for estimating the number of attendees and accounting for any changes in firm size. Keep in mind that it is important to consider not only the hotel expenses but also ancillary spending: flights, airport transfers, meals, excursions and private events. Proper planning and budgeting for all aspects of the retreat contribute to a seamless and enjoyable experience for all.
Creating Memorable Experiences
As we navigate the changing landscape of work, attorneys are increasingly seeking opportunities to reconnect. Law firms can create memorable retreats that strengthen their teams and foster a sense of unity by carefully selecting destinations and activities — and booking early.
Hotel Stay Giveaway: Get Inspired!
To kickstart the retreat experience for law firms, we have a few hotel partners that would like to give away complimentary stays at their properties: The Fairmont San Francisco, Hardrock NYC and Fairmont Seattle. These luxurious hotels have wonderful amenities, gorgeous views and exceptional accommodations for retreats. With this giveaway, we hope to inspire law firms to take the initiative to plan firm retreats that allow for relaxation, in-person connection and team bonding. – Ryan Spear
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