Every manager knows that the workplace is a lot less stressful and usually more productive when people work well together. One of the best ways to foster a sense of community is through shared experiences. In the past, it was popular to have company parties a couple of times a year. However, that scene is predictable, with the same people mingling with their mates. Parties tend to be alcohol-focused, and that doesn’t always mean good things happen. A practical company event is one where people need to work together towards some goal or be unified through an activity, like a sporting event. Here are some new ideas to kick your office morale up a notch or two.
- Watch the Big Game: If there happens to be, in your area, a particular event that has the attention of the whole community. It might be fun to get everyone together to watch it on the big screen. Sporting events are a natural for this. But you also might host a similar event for the finale of a TV show, Like Survivor. If you want to get the team together to watch live sport in Gymea, an Internet search will show you where that can happen.
- Cooking Class: Not everybody likes to cook, but everyone wishes they could. Learning how to make a couple of simple dishes can be fun, and it is the kind of thing that encourages a lot of chatter and mutual assistance. Being able to cook is something that can help you achieve a better work-life balance. And that will be helpful for the whole team.
- Scavenger Hunt: There are many variations of this adventure; the best is when teams are established, and various goals are required. You can make this as complicated as you want, but make sure the teams are randomly assigned.
- Laser Tag: For an hour or two of pumping adrenaline and the release of aggression in the most harmless way possible. Laser tag can’t be beaten; indoor or outdoor versions of the game are available, as well as the very similar but more tactile paintball experience.
- Escape Room: Escape rooms are popping up all over these days. It is a scenario where people need to work together to find clues and solve puzzles to escape a purpose-built space. These rooms require logic, teamwork, and creativity. These are qualities that are also needed at work.
- Barbeque: A company barbeque does sound like a regular annual party. But bringing people together outside for a bit of fun and good food is better than an indoor party. Make sure there are some games and prizes, and competitions where people need to work together.
- Rock Climbing: This is an activity that requires some degree of physical fitness. But if your team is reasonably fit and young. It can be an exciting day out, and you might discover a new hobby.
These are just a few of the things you can try. Your selection of an event will rely on the makeup and size of your team. Company events like this are designed to unify larger groups and to encourage a sense of family.