Why host a company picnic?
The benefits of hosting a company picnic last far beyond a single day of warm weather, great food and smiling faces. Your employees remember what you give them, and they take their newly founded relationships and happy memories with co-workers with them week after week.
Some only see company picnics as an expense, but when you really think about what they can do for you and your staff, it seems silly not to make the investment. Here are eight benefits to hosting a company picnic this (and every) year.
- Encourage departmental integration.
While some of the other reasons on this list might come to mind first, this reason for hosting a company picnic is essential in today’s business world. Picnics and corporate parties help integrate your company, regardless of your employees’ positions, ranks and departments. Simple conversations (and introductions, in some cases) will help others respect various people’s responsibilities and roles within the company. A company picnic changes your employees’ outlooks and, in some cases, it can change your own perspective on some of your work and responsibilities.
- Strengthen teamwork and streamline processes.
The better your employees know each other, the easier it may be for them to ask each other the right questions, give understandable feedback and ultimately streamline certain processes. The more teamwork your company can display, the more efficient you will be as a company, and that is the best way to save money.
- Boost employees’ morale and rejuvenate employees’ spirit.
Of course, this is the one most people associate with company picnics and parties in general. Picnics are famous for rejuvenating and motivating employees with a much needed break. The casual, fun, exciting yet relaxed picnic atmosphere does good things for the soul.
- Show your commitment and appreciation.
A special day designated solely for recognizing employees and having fun will go miles in the eyes of your staff. We have seen firsthand how thankful a workforce can be toward picnic staff and service people, and that gratitude stems from the appreciation they have for the bosses and people in charge of signing off on the picnic.
- Learn new things about your staff.
When you host a picnic with activities and fun, you are setting yourself up to learn a few things about your staff members. Not only will you find out personality traits, quirks, senses of humor and talents that you might not have known about before, but your staff members will also be learning the same things about their co-workers. This builds camaraderie, trust and friendship.
- Show family support.
When your staff sees and experiences your genuine interest in their personal and family lives—via inviting spouses and children to the annual company picnic—they are likely to be even more thankful to have you as their boss.
- Share important information with the whole company.
Do you have some great news to share? Is someone retiring, or did you reach a certain milestone within the company? The company picnic is a great time to share really exciting and important information, addressing everyone at once and giving you the opportunity to get everyone excited about a major announcement—such as a new company website or the launch of a new brand.
- Have fun!
All work and no play is no way for a workforce to operate, and we think most companies understand that. Sometimes you just need to get everyone together for purposes other than making money and driving profit to keep the fun around the office, warehouse or job-site alive and well.
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