Most professionals spend at least 40 hours a week in the workplace. During the summer, it’s easy to become distracted by the beautiful weather or feel disappointed you can’t spend your time enjoying this amazing season.
Keeping workers engaged during the summer can be challenging. However, by injecting some fun into the workplace, you can make sure they aren’t just watching the calendar and pining for their vacation.
The occasional party can go a long way toward boosting morale and, during the summer, there can be a lot worth celebrating. If you want to recognize your team with a little workplace fun, here are some reasons that are appropriate for the summer season.
Monthly Birthday Party
Most workplaces can’t afford to stop and recognize every employee on their actual birthday. However, by hosting monthly birthday parties that acknowledge all your workers that were born in a particular month, you can inject a little fun into your environment.
Holding a small gathering with some sweet treats can be sufficient. However, if you want to go further, consider adding a few party games to the mix. Not only can this up the level of fun, but it can also support team building, giving the event additional value. Just make sure that you also give room for some socialization, as this also promotes bonding between teammates and can lead to lower stress levels.
Employee Appreciation Barbecue
When the weather is nice, spending some time outside enjoying a great meal can be an excellent reward. Consider hosting a team- or company-wide barbecue, complete with grilled foods, tasty side dishes, cold beverages and a cooling dessert.
If you want to up the fun, bring along some outdoor games. Horseshoes and bocce ball are easy to set up, can ignite a friendly competitive spirit, and can allow many people to join in on the festivities throughout the day.
Fourth of July
The Fourth of July is a great holiday to celebrate during the summer, and another occasion where having a barbecue to thank your employees for their hard work is certainly appropriate.
If you need to hold the event after work hours, you could even choose a location where setting off fireworks or lighting sparklers is allowed. If possible, making an after-hours event open to family members as well, ensuring employees can spend time with their nearest and dearest while enjoying the party.
Ultimately, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate this summer, giving you a chance to make sure your employees are enjoying the season. If you would like to learn about additional options, the experienced staff at The Advance Group can help. Contact us to speak with one of our skilled and knowledgeable team members today and see how our employee appreciation expertise can benefit you this summer and beyond.