Summer is here. The days are getting longer and warmer and the flip-flops are making a comeback. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the weather and have some fun with family and friends outdoors. However, it is often the case that you will be overloaded with work and instead of relaxing in the sun, you are stuck in the office with your colleagues. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could replace the boring 9 till 5 routine with a fun summer office outings which both you, and your team, could enjoy?
“Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” – Patrick Lencioni
Let’s fire up your motivation with this list of enjoyable and entertaining activities:
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Summer is the perfect time to go canoeing. If you’re up for an adventure, plan a kayaking/canoeing excursion for your team and let the fun begin. Pack your bag, rent the gear and head to the river so that you and your team can have a fun weekend. There are many boathouses on public ponds and rivers that you can go to, or you can choose an activity centre that specialises in water sports. All you need to do is decide on your budget and see if it’s an affordable day out for your office. If you plan your canoeing for the morning, you can follow it with a lunch and either let your staff go home early, or return to the office feeling refreshed for the tasks ahead.
2. Karaoke Night
If you are looking to get the employees out of their shells, hosting a karaoke night is a great idea. And since it’s summer, you can plan the night outdoors and let your team have the time of their lives. You can also have a contest between them to make the night more interesting and reward the winner. This idea works best for the teams that have extroverted members. The last thing you want is to schedule an event that half your team don’t feel comfortable getting involved in. So, if you have an introverted team, you can choose one of the other ideas discussed in this article that everyone will enjoy.
3. Arrange a Summer Party
This works best for all teams irrespective of size, industry and staff personalities. Keep a date in mind and plan for that, but keep a watchful eye on the weather as you don’t want an outdoor party that gets rained on. When it comes to determining the location, try to find somewhere that isn’t far away from the office so all employees can easily get there. If the party you have in mind involves traveling, arrange for a mini bus to pick everyone up so that no-one misses out.
The summer party should provide an opportunity for employees to forget about work and enjoy themselves, so plan some activities or pick a theme that everyone will get behind. You should also decide on your budget before you do anything as this will determine what you can and can’t do. If your budget will stretch to it, you could select something more extravagant like a party on the Thames in London, or something smaller like a cocktail making party. If you want to keep things simple than a summer BBQ is always a popular and convenient choice.
If you want to take your team out of the office and do some productive work, try volunteering. It’s not just good for the soul but it will also give your team members an opportunity to bond with one another. Not to mention it will do wonders for your organisation’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. You can advertise on your website the charities that you campaign for and include pictures of your staff volunteering. You can present some options to your team to choose from like delivering gifts to a children’s hospital or helping the local community in one of their projects. You can also go for skill based volunteering which will also help stretch the expertise of your employees. This will not only be a great way to help the community but will also be a good summer outing plan for the team.
5. Arrange a Sports Day
Sports days are not just for schools and kids. You can arrange one at your workplace and have some fun and quality time with the entire team. It’s a great way to get the team out of the office, indulge them in a healthy activity and have some fun. You can plan a sports day for your team or for the entire organisation. Ask the team about the sports they think should be included to make enjoyable for them. Opting for the traditional games such as the egg and spoon race that you all used to do at school may be the perfect throwback. You can all release your inner child and relieve work stress with some healthy and playful competition!
6. Go to a Sports Game
Keeping on the theme of sports, you could take your team out for the day (or evening) by going to watch a sports game. Consider everyone’s interests and try to choose something that everyone will be able to enjoy. A local football game be the best choice, so long as no one supports the competition! If your budget can stretch to something bigger, you could consider traveling to somewhere like Wimbledon which will make for a truly unforgettable office outing.
Seeing a sports game will not only be fun for those watching, but you can also use it as a simple way to show them how teams work. You can then feedback in the office and if you get some positive remarks from employees, you can arrange for another day out like this in the future.
These are just some of the things you can do to make the most of summer for you and your team. It will give a much-needed break to your team from the continuous work they have been doing for months. They will return from these outings feeling fresh and ready to take on new challenges. These events also serve as an ideal way of socialising and it’s always better when your team knows each other outside of the office.
So, what are you waiting for? Arrange your summer outing today and give your employees a date to countdown to that’s not a deadline!