A list of fun social activities to do with your workmates!
Make 2017 one of the best years ever! A list of fun, social activities to do with your work mates.
Do you want to design the best company on earth to work for? For years, we’ve been exploring the elements of a great company culture by asking hundreds of employees in surveys and seminars all across the world to describe their ideal organization. Many of the answers are, of course, highly specific; while some are unambiguous. The ‘organization of your dreams’ is largely aspirational. We offer our findings, ‘one’ of the many elements, so it can serve as an agenda for leaders and organizations that aim to create the most productive and rewarding workplace cultures. So, let’s get down to business.
There’s something enchanting about celebrations – and it’s not just the food and parties. The commonalities of celebrations, bind us together – it’s the companionship, joy, selflessness, and the togetherness.
So, how can an organization re-create this kind of holidayinduced happiness and enthusiasm in the workplace? After all, a happier workplace leads to engaged employees! As a matter of fact, happy employees take 10 times fewer sick days and are 12 percent more productive than unhappy employees. So, here’s how you can re-create holiday-induced happiness using our fun calendar, which is filled with a list of social activities for your workmates.
JINGLE & THE MINGLE
Holidays are all about celebration. The possibilities of celebrating special holidays in the office are endless! You could host a Thanksgiving potluck, plan a Secret Santa gift exchange, dress up for Halloween, host a 4th of July picnic
filled with patriotic games or even nights’ firework.
‘TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING
A growing number of companies using charity work as a way of giving back to the community. You can unite your employees to raise awareness and funds for health issues. You could plan a trip to the homeless shelter, run a charity race, and hold a canned food drive. There are so many ways in which you can give back to the community while also uniting your employees.
You can get more creative around special events like retirements, birthdays, promotions, new babies or adoptions, major milestones or completions or certain projects, major office changes like renovations, anniversaries or tenure, company anniversary, and lots more!
Encourage team spirit days. Of course, spirit days don’t have to be serious, or revolve around valuable lessons. Office outing can could be as simple as going out after work on a Friday evening for a movie and pizza, or checking out a new bar that just recently opened, or going out for fish and chips! You could even try out some of the below listed team outing ideas: Going ice-skating right before the holidays Taking a walk to the local botanical garden Unwinding at the beach during summer Celebrating the start of spring by having a company hiking trip
If the employer is willing to celebrate, it becomes automatically important to the employees. You need to make sure everyone
is focused on the imperative: celebrate! Here’s why:
Celebrations build morale: High morale leads to high productivity, which is a good thing for every company. It balances out the challenges of a high performance work-culture and less to reduced absenteeism and employee morale.
Celebrations can help underline major milestones in your company’s history. Why waste a great achievement? The positive momentum can turn out to be a springboard for your next goal. It can magnify and lead to even more positive moments.
Lastly, celebrations encourage loyalty at work. Every employee wants to be acknowledged by and in the presence of the coworkers. In a lot of companies, it gets difficult to see what other employees are working on. Celebrations around recognition gives employees validations, and makes them more loyal to their work and the company they’re working for!
When you’re planning to create an office fun calendar, make sure you keep it inclusive. The celebrations should never be seen as discriminatory.
Team-building celebrations and events can provide employees an opportunity to unwind and relax. Of course, it doesn’t necessarily have to be an adventurous outing, or a glamorous, expensive party. The idea is to get the team together and learn new things about one another inside or outside of the workplace.
While you’re at it, you must always take into consideration the variety of options at different times. This include the work hours, so employees with tight schedules even after work hours, or those with physical disabilities don’t get excluded. Good luck!