A company outing has many purposes: thanking employees for
their hard work, establishing friendships outside office walls, marking an
important company milestone, and motivating employees. Whether it is the atmosphere, getting to know
your fellow associates, or the complimentary food and drink, company outings
prove to be a pick-me-up for many employees.
In order to have a successful get together, careful planning is
necessary. Here are some guidelines for ensuring a positive outcome at your
next company outing.
Think Less Business,
Planning a company outing should not be like planning a
business meeting. Without excitement and
enthusiasm in the planning process, your outing will be a bust. It is important
to ensure that your outing will be enjoyable to all. Take into consideration the age, abilities,
and interests of your employees. If you
are still having trouble on deciding a venue, ask your people for
suggestions. Keep the planning
lighthearted and think about what would be the most enjoyable for all
employees. Plan the company outing as if
you were planning a vacation with some old friends.
Explore Various Types
From scavenger hunts to sporting events, BBQs to laser tag,
today’s company outings take on many different shapes and sizes. In order to achieve what you want for your
outing, it is important to pick the right type of outing. Consider the
Outings – Conventional events can be enjoyed by employees of all ages
and abilities. They give associates
a chance to interact outside of work in a relaxed environment. Some examples of these activities include
sporting events, dinner cruises, BBQs, amusement parks, and comedy clubs.
Competition – Outings with friendly competition include activities for
groups and individuals to reach goals and encourage teamwork. Some examples include golf, bowling, adult
arcades such as Dave & Busters, and a friendly casino night where chips
can earn large door prizes.
Edge – For those looking to bring out the competitive spirit in their employees,
while working towards a common goal, consider interactive events. Comprised of activities which involve
strategy, competition, and multitasking, these events encourage teamwork. Some
examples of aggressive outings include scavenger hunts, laser tag, go
karts, and paintballing.
Assuming your outing is correctly planned and executed,
company morale is going to increase.
Gathering outside of the office walls will develop friendships and add
to the strength of the company. Activities
involving families communicate to employees that you not only value them as a
worker, but also as a family member. Ensure that your company outing is one
that can be enjoyed by all. Leaving
employees out will have detrimental effects on their opinion of you and your
business. Keep the event lively and try
not to have any lulls in excitement. Attendees
will take note if they are having a great time, as well as if they are
miserable. Incorporate all levels of
staff in the outing. If you are doing
team building exercises, be sure to place employees of various levels in the
company on each team. The different
levels of staff will have the chance to get to know each other.
Making the Memories
The morale is still high the next day in the office after a
company outing. Employees talk about
what a great time they had and are able to relive events that occurred just a
few hours before. Unfortunately, without reminders, this morale usually does
not last longer than one week. One way
to keep the memories fresh is to hang pictures of the event in the break room. Change them periodically, and watch employees
remember the good times.
EXTREME Company Outing – Would you pay $9,000 per person?
Seagate Technology, a hardware storage company, uses its multibillion
dollar profits for an outrageous company outing every year. Eco Seagate, the annual company teambuilding
challenge in New Zealand,
comes at a hefty price tag of $9,000 per person, totaling a whopping $2 million
for the entire week. Over 2,000 of the
55,000 worldwide Seagate employees apply for the trip, but only 200 are
chosen. Some employees have been working
for months to prepare for the challenge; one employee has even lost forty
pounds, according to a CNN Fortune article. This week-long teambuilding outing includes a
17-kilometer trek through the bog, 18-kilometer bike ride through mountain
terrain, traversing 5-kilometer in a kayak, rappelling down cliffs, and
more. The last day of the challenge
combines these adventurous activities into one 40-kilometer race. Teams are comprised of employees from around
the world who have never met and are expected to work together to finish the
eco challenge. The prizes? The winning
team receives a large jade trophy, along with exceptional bragging rights. All
200 Eco Seagate participants learn a lifelong lesson about the importance of
teamwork, CEO Bill Watkins’s central message.
By showing his employees the value of teamwork outside of the office,
they rely on it back at Seagate.
Regardless of the kind of company outing you choose, the
goals are still the same: boost morale, support office camaraderie, and
encourage teamwork. Eco Seagate is an
extravagant example of how a company outing can positively impact
employees. Bringing the values from a
company outing back to the office will improve workplace environment, create
friendships, and build teamwork, generating a positive atmosphere for your
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