by Courtney James
Spring is a busy time of year in general, and in real estate specifically, agents are typically hard-pressed to find a full day away from work. Outside our office windows, people are basking in the warm Carolina sunshine (many of them just having finished a biscuit from our new neighbor, Rise). Inside our space, the office is buzzing, cell phones are ringing, and coffee is flowing. Considering this amped-up level of activity, it may seem an unlikely time to schedule a company retreat. I’d argue that there probably isn’t a bad time to take a break, confirm our direction, and gather a collective motivation that can help carry us through the rest of the season.
Since we opened our doors in January of 2009, we’ve hosted a yearly company retreat we lovingly call The Harvest Meeting. The name aptly describes the intention of the retreat, which is to pluck creative ideas floating aimlessly in each of our brains. This year’s meeting focused on condos, affordable housing, and ways in which we can continue to support our community.
We came out of the meeting with a healthy crop of ideas, a reminder of our company values, and bellies made full with a family-style lunch at The Pit, where we spent the day in their private dining room.