Company Picnics 101
When planning a company picnic there are a few rules and guidelines you must follow in order to create the most successful picnic possible. Encore NW has worked with some of the worlds leading businesses and fortune 500 companies. So we know the ins & outs of company picnics and event planning. Having ace’s in customer service, we are here to give you a few tips and pointers on planning the best company picnic possible.
Location Location Location
When choosing a location for your company picnic you want to make sure it is a close distance to your actual business. Making your employees drive out of their way just to attend the event will add unnecessary stress. So keep it simple and close, whether it’s indoor or outdoor. However, company picnics are typically held during the summer. So it is recommended to have the picnic outdoors in an open space. A near by park works perfectly.
Create a Comfortable Environment
Beyond picking a close and easy location you want to make sure your staff is comfortable. Let them know before hand to dress down. Let your co-workers show off their true style and see them in a different light. Who wants to go to a picnic in work clothes anyways?
You should also start the event off with food. It doesn’t have to be the typical office junk food, i.e. coffee, donuts, muffins, ext. You get enough of that at the office. But you also want to make sure not to over do it! Make it a well balanced meal. If your event starts in the morning why not start with granola, cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, and fruit?
Mix Fun & Learning
Mix team building exercises, leadership development, and fun all together. Divide your employees into teams and have them challenge one another through fun and creative obstacle courses. At first this may seem complicated but having an event planner help you through the process will make things much easier. Inflatable obstacle courses can easily be rented, set up, and teared down for your event.
You can take it even further and rent tons of attractions adding to the fun element. Rent a dunk tank to dunk your boss. Or try your luck on a mechanical bull. These attractions are not only fun but help create a bonding experience, as well as gives your employees a chance to get loose.
Have any questions about planning your company picnic?
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