5 Reasons to host a company Summer outing

Though it might still seem far off, summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your company summer outing.

Though it might still seem far off, summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your company summer outing. Not every office hosts a summer outing for their team, but we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to do so. It helps break through the midyear slump by re-engaging your workforce and refocusing your team. So if you’re on the fence about hosting a summer outing, here are five reasons to give it a try.

Boost morale

​​If you decide to host an outdoor event, your team will appreciate the chance to get outside and relax. Being outside tends to naturally boost your mood, and those good vibes translate to positive feelings about the company. Even if you opt for an indoor event, the laidback atmosphere will encourage employees to act like themselves, which opens up the opportunity for them to form deeper bonds with colleagues and increase workplace satisfaction. When morale is up, people tend to be more motivated to do good work. So by hosting a feel-good summer event, you’ll likely see an increase in productivity at the office, which brings us to our next point.

Increase productivity

According to a Captivate Network study, productivity plunges 20 percent and worker distraction increases by 45 percent during the summer months. People are distracted and itching to get outside. They’ve also likely spent the first half of the year working hard without a break. A company summer outing helps to prevent burnout by allowing employees to recharge the batteries. Before the outing, employees will be focused on working hard knowing a break is coming soon. Afterwards, they’ll be reinvigorated and ready to get back to it. 

Show your appreciation 

People are also motivated to work harder when they feel that their work is appreciated and rewarded. After plowing through the first half of the year, reward your team with some fun. A fun summer outing makes people feel valued, and a study conducted by the University of Warwick found that happiness makes people roughly 12% more productive. Your gesture of appreciation will likely motivate your team to keep the company moving forward.

Improve teamwork

​​One way to increase workplace satisfaction is to encourage team building across the organization. In the office, team structures and hectic schedules can prohibit people from forming cross-departmental friendships. Team-building events allow people to connect with others in a way that might not be possible in the office. Through team building activities, employees can celebrate each other and find shared interests that they wouldn’t have otherwise known about.

The gap between leadership and employees can also be bridged when you remove the office barriers and connect in a more relaxed setting. For instance, during an Escape Room Races event, the marketing intern may need to instruct the CEO on how to solve a puzzle, breaking the normal reporting structure. The bonding that takes place at a summer event then translates to positive working relationships back at the office.

Get the creative juices flowing

Summer team building activities will not only get people working together, but it will help with creative thinking. Simply by taking your team out of their normal setting and putting them in a new environment, you’re more likely to see them thinking differently. To really challenge your team, plan for a game or activity that requires creative thinking while still allowing for some fun. With Escape Room Races, your team will have to think outside the box to solve a series of puzzles to save the planet from alien invaders. We’re biased of course, but we think that’s pretty creative.

Book your company summer outing today

Though it may feel like there’s plenty of time to get the ball rolling, now is the prime time for booking your company summer outing. Because there are only so many weeks in the summer and everyone’s racing to host events – corporate or personal — spaces book up fast. Many restaurants and event venues are already filling up, as are your employees' social calendars. So before they book a vacation, get a date on the books and reserve your space.

If you’re looking for fun summer outing ideas, check out Escape Room Races. You can book an outdoor event in Chicago, or, if you don’t want to deal with the heat and sun, host a race in the space of your choice. But book soon — dates are going fast.

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