7 Common Corporate Picnic Planning Mistakes to Avoid

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Whether you’re an experienced corporate event planner or simply a manager tasked with planning your company’s next picnic, there are a few mistakes you need to avoid to ensure the picnic is a success. 

1. Ignoring team suggestions

Even if you have the final say, keep in mind that the picnic is for your employees and coworkers. Ask for their ideas, recommendations, and food preferences before making final decisions. Structure the event’s activities around their interests to foster engagement.

2. Failing to consider group abilities and interests

Every company has departments with unique individuals who have particular strengths and skill sets. Consider the ways your company and individual team members are unique and make sure there is something in the picnic that appeals to everyone.

3. Forgetting to create a roadmap

Once you’ve got a list of great ideas, it’s time to create a roadmap to put all of your ideas together. Start by setting event goals and a budget. Then, establish metrics you’ll use to measure event success. 

4. Lack of cross-collaboration

Once you’ve made a list of activities and games for the picnic, make an effort to break up office cliques to encourage new friendships and cultivate fresh ideas. A corporate picnic is an opportunity for employees from various departments and parts of the company to interact and engage on an informal and casual level, potentially leading to collaboration on a business level in the future.

5. Inauthentic events

Nobody likes forced, cheesy teamwork activities and events marked by shallow appreciation. Think about ways to make your corporate picnic truly meaningful and memorable.

6. Forgetting to pull permits

If you’re hosting a picnic at a park, beach, or other public location, be sure to pull permits weeks in advance of the picnic. Also be sure to read the rules and requirements for hosting a corporate picnic at the location to avoid fines.

7. Not accommodating dietary restrictions

Last but not least, when planning the menu, be sure to make accommodations for employees with allergies, food intolerances, and religious food restrictions. 

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