Picnics are more than just a single-day event with food, activities, and music. Company picnics are opportunities for employees to develop relationships and build a stronger bond with the company. If you’ve never hosted a company picnic, you may be surprised to discover the many benefits of a picnic.
1. Support departmental integration
Employees at large companies are segregated into departments, floors, and different locations. A company-wide picnic will bring together employees who may have not had a chance to meet, creating opportunities for conversations and introductions, and even sparking ideas for collaboration. A company picnic can also shape employees’ perceptions of the company for the better.
2. Strengthen team communication
An informal environment allows employees to see each other in a different light, making it easier to clear up misunderstandings, obtain feedback, and repair relationships. A picnic is a great way to take care of these issues without the involvement of the HR department or outside consultants.
3. Boost employee morale
Unlike stuffy office parties and company lunches, an outdoor company picnic offers a (free) Vitamin D boost and a much-needed break from structured workspaces. Businesses that regularly host picnics understand the value of creating a fun, casual, and relaxing picnic atmosphere that works wonders for company spirit.
4. Demonstrate employee appreciation
A day set aside just to celebrate employee contribution will give them a renewed sense of purpose and meaning. When employees are the ones being served at a picnic by catering staff, they are more likely to express gratitude to their employers and supervisors.
5. Develop connections with staff
Every employee has talents and hobbies that their coworkers don’t know of. A company picnic is an opportunity for employees to show more of their true self — including their personality, sense of humor, and interests.
6. Share important company updates
A company picnic brings everyone together, making it a great time to make important announcements. Hosting a picnic at the beginning or end of the year is a great way to take advantage of engaged and excited employees.
7. Have fun!
Last, but certainly not least, is the pure joy of picnics. Whether you’ve got face painting, bounce houses, DJs, or an obstacle course at your picnic, at the end of the day it’s all about having fun!
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