October 17, 2014
Although the dollars that companies spend on retreats have fallen with the weakened economy, some organizations still sign up for off-site meetings that involve physical challenges and offbeat exercises. There's considerable debate about whether organizations can really rev up leadership skills or build a team through games, firewalking, rock-climbing or whitewater rafting. Last month's resignation by the U.S. Postal Service's Inspector General in the wake of her million -dollar retreats (which included mock trials and costumes) hasn't helped the image of retreats.