The warm summer weather has arrived, and with it, excited chatter among employees about the annual company picnic. However, if you are the one planning it, you may not feel the same way. You may have a long to-do list, loads of logistics, and require quite a few resources. But, it’s worth it!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the thought of planning, read on. We’re here to explore fun’s return on investment and convince you that company picnics can pay off. We can also take some of those to-do’s off your plate.
Company picnics are a great way to celebrate successes, build team cohesion, and have a good time with colleagues. Here are our most compelling arguments for hosting one:
A Chance to Celebrate
One of life’s golden lessons is that when you recognize people’s effort and success, they often continue to work harder than before. People love to be appreciated for their actions, and what’s even better than a thank you card and a pat on the back? You guessed it, an actual event.
Company picnics are the perfect opportunity to celebrate your team’s triumphs. Together, you can mark a milestone and enjoy a beautiful day outdoors. A picnic provides a relaxed and pleasant environment outside of the workspace, allowing employees to get to know each other better and appreciate each other’s company. They allow for time and space to reinforce a culture of recognition, which can boost morale and productivity. We also suggest hosting your picnic at a park or reserving a private venue/area. If you can produce a picnic that is out of the ordinary and not something your guests could do on their own any weekend of the summer, it feels special.
If this alone isn’t enough to convince you to start planning, we have a few more points to back up our argument:
Set and Forget It
Organizing a company picnic may seem like a daunting task, but the benefits are well worth the effort. Once you’ve agreed on the primary pieces and secured a location, a well-planned picnic can be a “set and forget” event. Just leave the organizing and fine details to us!
Fun Productions can hire caterers, bring in activities, and let you and your team enjoy the event. We know all the best spots and vendors, we have seen and done it all so we know what to expect to help ensure your event goes off without a hitch each and every year.
Don’t Forget to Include Your Remote Team
The past few years have completely changed how offices run. With some people working remotely while others are on-site, it is even more essential to bring the entire team together whenever possible. Picnics allow everyone to get to know each other on a more personal level, encouraging employee engagement, retention, and productivity.
They can help bridge the gap between in-office and remote employees, building a stronger sense of community and improving communication. When team members get to know each other, they’re more likely to collaborate effectively and support each other’s success. We are hearing from clients daily that they have team members that have never met in person. Wow, that is a great reason to gather, just for your team to be in the same space to bond.
It’s All Worth it
Next time you feel yourself getting overwhelmed about hosting a company event, remember that your team’s happiness and engagement are key factors in your company’s success. Involved employees are more productive, more creative, and more likely to stay with a company long-term. By assembling a fun and celebratory environment, you’re fostering a space where employees feel valued, supported, and motivated to do their best work.
So, take a break from the daily grind, contact us, and let’s get to planning your company picnic today. Your team will thank you for it!