The best work environments are the ones where coworkers feel that they’re connected and genuinely enjoy working with each other. While it’s completely possible to foster these healthy, symbiotic relationships in the office at a natural pace, you may be able to help speed up the process by adding the right out-of-office outings to the mix. Getting everyone out of the office at once may be difficult, unless we’re talking about 5 o’clock on a Friday evening, but it can be well worth the trouble of organizing a get-together and motivating everyone to participate in the end if it works out well. In case you were looking for ideas to catch everyone’s interest, here’s a list you can look through.
Amusement park: Amusement parks are built with the specific intentions of delivering a good time for people. If your company is willing to host a day where employees can go to a local amusement park, and bring family and friends along, it could encourage them to interact with each other outside of the four or five days a week they’re in the same room. This provides the opportunity for staff members to build strong bonds with each other.
Arcade: Similarly to amusement parks, an arcade’s entire purpose is to entertain. But the added benefit of going to a video game arcade is that more of them are doubling as bars. Which means that they’re geared toward an older audience than the age bracket one would normally associate with video games. Imagine employees working together to win a Mortal Kombat tournament. That’s something they won’t forget for a while.
Go-kart racing: No matter how old you are, go-kart racing is always fun. It brings out everyone’s competitive edge and you can even sweeten the pot by offering some in-office perks to the winner such as an extra vacation day or new supplies.
Volunteer work: Volunteering is a good idea of an activity to do with coworkers because it not only builds strong relationships within the office, but also makes everyone feel like they’re making a difference in the lives of others. A shared positive experience like this is sure to boost team morale.
Comedy club: Do you know one of the biggest signs is that you’ve formed a connection with someone? Inside jokes. Having something that you find hilarious, that only a select group of people will understand, gives you something in common. A great source for endless inside jokes among coworkers is to invite them all out to a comedy club one night and enjoy the laughter brought on by some professionals. For the next few weeks, employees could start a bout of laughter around the office at just the mention of a word.
Out-of-office lunch: For some people it’s just a lot easier to bring a lunch to work with them everyday and eat it at their desks. But if a company were willing to treat its staff to lunch for a day, as long as they all went to the same restaurant, that gives everyone an excuse to get away from their work and spend some time together.
Happy hour: Perhaps the easiest outing that you can plan for employees to get out of the office and have a good time together is to host a happy hour. There’s a wide variety of bars that each have their own interesting themes that you can choose from. If there’s a big game coming up, you can suggest that everyone get together and watch it. If you want to celebrate a group of new hires or the farewell of someone that’s moving on, a happy hour is a great way to comfortably do so.