As the weather warms up, it’s time to celebrate in the great outdoors. From concerts to sporting events, nothing beats being in the fresh air with friends and family. Although the summer of 2020 is a far cry from years past, there is still the potential for having outdoor fun. Today we’re going to highlight the benefits of hosting a company picnic this summer. Yes, COVID-19 has derailed plans since early spring, but with the right tools and precautions, this summer can be just as entertaining as before. Here are our top reasons to host an outdoor event this year.
Build a Sense of Community
Unlike company holiday parties, outdoor picnics are a perfect venue for families and children. Since the event is open to all ages, more employees are willing to come, since they don’t have to find a babysitter for the night.
Getting to see co-workers and their families outside of the office can strengthen the bonds between teams and departments and those between employees and supervisors. In many cases, seeing individuals as regular people beyond the confines of inter-office politics and relationships can make them more approachable.
To help facilitate this bonding, we recommend having hosted entertainment with some light competition. When families or co-workers can play together, they are more likely to work better in the office. Without games and challenges, it’s harder to bring disparate employees and their families together.
Demonstrate Company Values
As a company, you need to have a core mission statement. What motivates your business to thrive and succeed in the marketplace? Is it a dedication to customer service? Pride in the quality of your products? A company picnic allows you to demonstrate that mission statement and put it on full display. Best of all, by showcasing these elements to employees and their families, you can illustrate the value of working for the brand.
Overall, a company picnic is an excellent opportunity to create fun and positive memories for your workers. With the right kind of entertainment offerings, you can build a sense of camaraderie that can last the whole year. Plus, if your picnic becomes an annual tradition, it will be something that employees and families look forward to every summer.
As we mentioned, one of the best ways to ensure engagement at a company picnic is to host interactive games and competitions. As long as you have decent prizes available, you’ll be surprised by how competitive employees can get. Light competition can be a powerful motivator, and it helps facilitate shared experiences.
When it comes to team-building, it’s beneficial to have groups that generally work together, as well as those that don’t. Some team ideas can include:
- Family vs. Family
- Workers vs. Supervisors
- Managers vs. Managers
- Department vs. Department
Not only can competition help build community among employees, but it can offer insight into leadership capabilities. For companies that like to promote from within, company picnic games can be an excellent forum for scouting talent.
Show Appreciation for Employees
No matter what industry you’re in, your staff members work hard throughout the year. In the time of COVID-19, the challenges that individuals and families face are even more significant than before. Kids are home all the time, fear and anxiety are rampant, and many people struggle to adapt to life under quarantine.
With a company picnic, you can help alleviate much of that stress while offering a fun and safe activity for employees and their children. Everyone can blow off some steam, enjoy the fresh air, and get reminded of what it’s like to be social again. Plus, during the event, you can give away prizes and shoutouts to those employees and departments that have gone above and beyond this year.
2020 Bonus: It’s Socially Distant!
At The Party Team, we want everyone to have a great time, but we’re also committed to providing a safe environment for our guests. Outdoor company picnics offer a golden opportunity for co-workers to engage without the fear of catching the coronavirus. Not only is the virus less potent in the open air, but if guests are wearing masks, the risk goes down even more. With a little bit of extra planning and preparation, your company picnic can be a resounding success without the specter of COVID looming over the event.
Contact The Party Team Today
If you’re interested in having a hosted picnic, we’re here to help! We offer a variety of interactive games to ensure that your guests stay engaged the whole time. We’re also offering COVID-19 related precautions, such as masks, sanitizer stations, and UV wands. We’ll work with you to make sure that your event runs smoothly and safely. Give us a call today, or visit us online at www.thepartyteam.com/picnic-games.