The summer season offers so many outdoor activities, which makes it the perfect time to reconnect, socialize and engage your team. Interacting as a team and building on your corporate culture helps create, and sustain, a motivated, productive and focused workforce. Read on for a few suggestions to celebrate summer…and your team!
Outdoor adventures make for a great outing. Check your local area for activities such as hiking or biking trips. Provide water, snacks, and other supplies for a fun and memorable experience. Plus, the added benefit is a really good workout.
Set up a pop-up food stand outside of your office. Offer a variety of refreshing summer treats such as ice cream, smoothies, popsicles, fruit, trail mix or other specialty snacks. Get everyone outside for a break and a little camaraderie.
Create a summer fitness challenge that encourages your employees to stay active and fit during the summer months…and beyond! Offer a range of activities like group workouts, yoga sessions, or outdoor sports competitions. Provide incentives and prizes for achieving fitness goals or for the winning team.
Partner with a local non-profit organization and host a fundraiser such as a car wash, pet adoption, or school supplies donation drive. There are so many worthy organizations and causes. Unifying your team through community involvement is always a win-win for everyone involved.
Organize a summer barbecue at the workplace. Get everyone outside for a tailgate-style party at lunchtime or immediately after the workday. Add to the festivities with a few outdoor games, music and prizes. This activity can also include a pot-luck and a chance to acknowledge outstanding team members.
Schedule theme days at the office and encourage the team to dress-up. Tropical, baseball, and concert t-shirt days are fun and easy to get everyone involved. Add breaks to these days for fun picture-taking and snacks to tie in with the theme. For example, if you choose to have a baseball-themed day, consider offering bags of roasted peanuts and boxes of Cracker Jacks for everyone to enjoy.
Concerts in the park is a great after-work outing during the summer months. Most communities have a weekly concert schedule throughout the season. Simply check your local city or chamber of commerce website for a schedule of events. Have everyone bring a beach chair and some treats to share while enjoying live music under the stars.
Other ideas for summer team building activities also include:
- A summer book club
- Watermelon eating contest
- Summer photo contest
- Have a beach or pool day
- Use a portable fire pit for a smores day
Being able to work together as a team is among any organization’s greatest assets. Spend some time reinforcing the foundation of your culture with fun, memorable activities. Your team will be refreshed, happy, and ready to work together.
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