Company picnics are a time-tested way to celebrate the culture of your small business and the personalities behind your success. In addition, company picnics highlight commonalities among your team that connect them as people outside of work-specific departments, tasks and projects. With more employees working from home than in years past, a company picnic is more fun than ever. Summer’s in the air and outdoor events tend to make everyone feel festive—plus safer socializing in the fresh air. We have easy company picnic ideas to make your event fun and affordable. Check out these key company picnic activities and ideas for the best location, food, games, and giveaways.
A major consideration when looking at company picnic ideas is whether to encourage your team to bring the family, or leave the kids and the plus one’s at home. This decision affects cost as well as event dynamics. Some parents can’t wait for the chance to go it alone, though the ability to have kids and spouses on hand can increase attendance. The best way to make the right decision: Ask your employees via an anonymous poll using Microsoft Outlook Forms or a free tool like SurveyMonkey™.
If your employees like to cook, a potluck is a great and inexpensive way to get an assortment of food on the picnic table, from gourmet to pre-packaged. Potluck also guarantees that every attendee has at least one dish they’re sure to love. However, many employees, especially those working from home, enjoy a catered event where they can just show up and let loose. Whether you’re catering or doing a potluck, include personalized to-go containers so folks can take a little extra home for roommates, family members, or a midnight snack.
When it comes to games, the introverts can watch, the extroverts can express but everyone can enjoy a good company picnic game or contest. A few slam-dunk favorites when it comes to company picnic activities and ideas:
Key variables to consider when choosing a spot for your memory-making event:
Everyone likes some music to get the party started and keep lightness in the air, and employees will bond quickly over similar musical tastes. Choose tunes that span the breadth and background of your team, from Dizzy Gillespie to Lana Del Rey. Bring a Bluetooth speaker and a multi-genre, multi-generational playlist. Encourage employees to participate in tune selection with a customized Bluetooth speaker for everyone who takes a turn playing DJ at the picnic by sharing a few of their favorite tunes.
When it comes to your company picnic, the customer is the employee and the goal is to leave everyone feeling awesome about their work, their colleagues, and your company culture. The spotlight is on your awesome employees, and your team will appreciate being asked where, what, and when. Some things to ask via an email poll or an online survey:
The best company picnic idea? Gifts for every guest! Everyone at your company picnic deserves a goodie bag—or heck, perhaps a goodie backpack! Make sure every employee leaves with a smile and a branded keepsake that allows them to remember the event and show off their employer all around town. Pick an item that celebrates summer and socializing, like this Engraved 11 oz. Stainless Steel Gia Wine Glass, classic customized Malibu Sunglasses, or a summer cooler bag.
Tip: For more giveaway ideas, browse our complete collection of promotional picnic gifts.
If you’re attending a company picnic, here are a few tips to ensure you get the most out of the event:
When you ask your team what works for them including soliciting their input on place, time, and food, they engage with the event and know it’s about them. Ask a smaller group what freebies would go over well, so you can keep the surprise element and still hit the nail on the head. Have fun connecting with the folks who make your small business go ‘round!
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