Planning a Team Picnic
Now that summer is officially over, we don’t need to worry too much about pesty mosquitos or getting painful sunburns from being outdoors. So why not take advantage of the cooler weather by planning a team picnic for your company? It is a great opportunity to instill some team-building activities and enjoy some bonding time outside the office walls.
So, what are some key attributes to consider in planning a great team picnic?
Venue – Hosting events in the office is great but you’ll get an entire different crowd outdoors. That’s because getting people outside rids the institutional setting and puts them in a relaxing casual mood. Look for large public spaces such as a park, preferably a wide green lawn or area with picnic tables so people can sit or mingle and enjoy themselves. If finding a designated eating area is difficult, go to an area with an accessible car park and a table or two and a couple of outdoor chairs.
Food – There is nothing like free lunch to ring in the group at work. Good food makes people happy and a good mood will surely increase productivity. Since we’re outdoors, get finger foods or light sandwiches so you wouldn’t need to worry too much about plating and be able to keep trash under control. Bring a large cooler to keep everybody’s drink cold. Don’t forget the hand wipes and condiments!
Attire – Since this is a company event, why not prep your team with promotional outdoor gear? A casual uniform utilizes the team spirit and helps show-off your brand. Keep them warm yet mobile with sweatshirts or light wind jackets. For group activities- color code your gear, so you can keep track of each team’s progress.
Activities – This is final thought, and possibly one of the most important, to consider in executing a great event. It’s good to think about what your goals are in order to plan fun engaging activities for the team. For example, the objective of a networking mixer is to create a comfortable environment for people to mingle and chat. A host may kick off the night and towards the end of the event, a keynote speaker might address the crowd.
For a casual picnic, the objective can be general group-bonding. Fun activities that get people to interact with one another are important. Did your company recently hired? Implement ice breaker games to introduce them to the rest of team. Feel like your company lacks team spirit? Depending on the size of the company, split groups up in two teams and have a field day. Sport games are great team-building activities. Want to challenge your employees? Present them with a challenging puzzles to solve. There are plenty of great activities out there to consider!