Office employees are part of a team whose goal is to guide a company forward and produce. That’s why doing things which develop team work can improve overall production.
One such activity is an office day trip at least twice a year which is mandatory for all workers. It’s an opportunity to bring down some of the walls that are a natural part of the office environment and get to know each other in a different context.
Doing so helps deepen professional relationships and at the end of the day has the potential to open up a greater sense of creativity amongst coworkers.
With that in mind the following are a few tips for organizing a day trip for the office:
Because it’s a day trip it’s important to stay local and not travel more than an hour and a half away from the office as this could take away precious time that can be used for employee bonding.
That said the company should hire a bus for the journey as driving separately creates unnecessary hassles holding up the day. Employees may get lost, have car trouble, or even decide to leave early.
The bus should be a comfortable ride and equipped with enough room underneath for supplies for the day.
There are two types of destinations for office administrators to consider. They include places which are group oriented allowing employees to fully interact with each other and others which aren’t so group focused.
At the very least the day’s main activity should be geared towards the former because the whole point of the day is for employees to build a better group dynamic.
After all, on any regular day in the office each person has their own job which is benefiting the group as a whole but it’s all coming on an individual level. Here it would be the group working together to achieve a certain goal such as cheering each other on to reach the peak of a mountain.
Alternatively instead of doing one physical activity a few destinations could be fit into the schedule such as a hike, an off road jeep ride and a visit to a historical site or two.
Examples of activities for specific groups could be teachers meeting with a state senator about education topics, software engineers going to a science museum, and architects discussing some of the challenges of modern home building with professional roofers and carpenters.
While employees should be asked to bring their own personal snacks lunches or a late breakfast should be provided.
Then, having a cookout by a grassy setting in the evening with light entertainment is a great way end the day. If possible, have extra help arrive to the decided upon spot early in order to prepare the food so it’s ready when the bus with hungry staff arrives. That way no one has to wait around with their mouths watering after working up an appetite from the day’s activities.
Although some employees may be musically talented its best not take them out of the mix for entertainment and let them enjoy the setting without pressure to perform. Make the entertainment something as simple as music playing from a speaker or one hired musician to add to the atmosphere.
Finally, at about forty five minutes before it’s time to return break the staff up into teams and play an office trivia game. Have the questions prepared before hand but make sure they aren’t too embarrassing so everyone still leaves with a smile on their face.