During the summer months, many businesses let loose and organize outings or fun office activities. These weekday respites lower workplace stress levels and enable employees to connect outside of their usual environment. In fact, some organizations see an uptick in productivity immediately following such events, USA Today reported.
However, if not careful coordinated, company-sponsored, summertime celebrations can turn disastrous and have the exact opposite effect. So, before you book the picnic area at your local lake, review these event planning guidelines:
Cubicles are divisive things. They can alienate employees and incubate intraoffice conflict. To address the internal discord these enclosures often create, organize a meaningful, hands-on summer outing to foster camaraderie and synergize your staff.
Volunteering is a good option, HubSpot found. Gathering your team for a day or two of coordinated physical labor will create business-wide synergy and shared memories. Plus, helping out those in need will put things in perspective for you and your team and reveal petty office spats for what they truly are: meaningless.
During the planning phase, focus on well-established volunteer organizations, like Habitat For Humanity. These enterprises usually have corporate partnership programs.
"Volunteer activities can create businesswide synergy."
Organized athletic activities do the body and mind good, Psychology Today reported. Such events force participants to sharpen their focus, execute creative problem-solving strategies and work together to reach a common goal. Plus, they're also known to burn a few calories. Most organizations go with old standbys like ultimate Frisbee and softball, but you can easily and inexpensively try others such as bowling or running.
If employees aren't into sports, you can still catalyze intraoffice competition by organizing a writing contest or installing a video game console. No matter which method you choose, always make sure to monitor the events to ensure staff members are comfortable. A healthy, good-hearted rivalry can sometimes devolve into destructive conflict.
Get some fresh air
Of course, you don't have work on a construction site or plan some sporting event to let off steam. Organizing a company walk or outdoor meeting will also suffice. If you want to go the extra mile, take everyone outside for some mindful meditation. Research shows that these exercises reduce stress and benefit individuals with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, NPR discovered.
Don't have time to leave the office? Throw open the windows and install some air-scrubbing plants to freshen things up.