Treating your employees to a day out of the office is something every business owner needs to do from time to time. It helps improve morale, gives them a chance to clear their heads, and builds rapport between everyone involved. It gives your more introverted employees a chance to let loose a little and it gives the more outgoing ones a chance to connect with those they don't usually interact with. The benefits far outweigh the cons, but how do you choose what sort of company outing is best to help motivate your team? Keep this checklist in mind when making your decision and you're bound to be successful:
Pick something they actually like to do.
If your staff is made up of mostly male nerds in their mid-twenties, it's probably not the best idea to schedule a lush spa day for everyone. Take time to talk to your employees about the things they do in their free time and the things they wish they could do. You'll get to know them a little better and you'll find the right flavor of fun for your company outing.
Don't let just one person plan things.
Don't plan anything all on your own, and don't delegate the entire task to one person without being involved. When this happens, you'd be surprised how quickly an event for the whole company can become an event where only the person who planned it is having a good time. Usually this isn't a malicious act - it's just that when you're in charge of fun, you plan something you think is fun, even if nobody else does. Having checks and balances in play here helps from any idea getting too insular and having a couple individuals working on a project like this together is a great bonding activity.
Try something new!
One great way to cement an activity in the memories of everyone involved is by making it something no one has ever done before. No one will ever forget the coworkers they went skydiving with, or the company that made it happen. On a milder scale, doing things that involve a little daring - like a spicy pepper taste test or a Polar Plunge - usually make for great memories.
Don't try too hard to make it work-related.
If you're a business owner reading this article, we understand how easy it is to go straight to "what's my ROI?" when planning something like this. Let that go. Don't worry too much about how an outing is going to bring your employees together, foster creativity, or help them rethink current roadblocks in their work routines. Just give them an enjoyable experience and the rest will come naturally.
Let them be adults.
This recommendation goes double if your office environment is more buttoned-up and serious. Let them be adults by providing adult beverages for your outing. It sets a tone of otherness and reminds them that this, in fact, is a time they're meant to have fun and not act like they're in the office. If you do this, though, make sure to be prepared to provide transit home for anyone who needs it and keep imbibing in check. We recommend a nice collection of locally brewed beers. The different flavors make for conversation starters and the lack of hard alcohol will keep buzzes to a safe minimum.
If you're concerned with making sure your employees can have the best time available at a company outing, that means you're the type of business owner who cares about happy workflows and general morale. Coordinated Business Systems is just the type of company to help you reach those goals. Contact us today to learn more!