In case you didn’t know: Grinding out long days at the office can be tiring and repetitive.
It’s safe to say that most of us need a mental break at times to let loose and have fun with coworkers. We like to reward our hard working employees as often as possible, and one of the things I love about Fpweb.net is our monthly company activities. It not only gives us a chance to socialize with coworkers but also take a little mental break and have fun while at work!
Creating work events or social activities that help employees interact with coworkers they wouldn’t normally see is an important part of developing a friendly and fun office culture.
I’ve been a part of the Event Committee here for a couple of years and it has been a truly rewarding experience! Along with other creative employees here, we work hard to come up with original and fun ideas for company events. We think it’s important to have monthly activities that bring our company together. Whether it’s getting together for breakfast, kickball tournaments, potlucks, BBQs, or watching St. Louis Cardinals games on the big screen in the lounge – we will find a way to have fun!
Along with the obvious fun component, social work events along with team building activities is a great way to build morale among your group and increase quality of life in the office. It opens up opportunities to spend some time with coworkers that you might not interact with on a daily basis. You can build trust and communication in ways that aren’t possible when you’re just spending your day behind a computer or on the phone.
We believe that getting together monthly with our co-workers helps build a bond that will reduce stress levels and increase understanding (not just of what it is that coworkers do here, but also an understanding of how we’re all working together for the same goal). It also provides an environment that creates openness for our employees to share ideas and thoughts.
I would say my favorite (and Fpweb.net’s biggest event) is our annual team building activity.
This is a fun event that has a little more substance than our usual get-together’s as it’s usually competition-based, off campus and focused on team building and communication. Last year we worked with Go Games and had a full day exploring Laclede’s Landing in downtown St. Louis – solving riddles, making videos, and taking embarrassing pictures that are sure to haunt some of us for years to come.
It was a great way to spend the day outside and goof off with everyone. I think we all came back to work the next day a bit more refreshed than usual. We brought back a better understanding of some of the coworkers we may not get a lot of interaction with and we brought back more ammunition to tease the ones we work with every day!
Does your company make time for company events and activities? If so, what’s your favorite? What are the pros and cons of company events/team building activities?We’re always looking for other great ideas to get our team involved in so please share your experiences in the comments!