Planning a great company outing can seem like a lot of pressure. If it’s a hit, you’re the office hero. If it’s lackluster, you may lose your title as the “Fun Ambassador” around the office.
But don’t let this deter you. After all, off-site events and team-building activities are an essential part of building an incredible culture. And creating an incredible internal culture can have an outsized impact on your brand, product, and customer experience.
Companies like Zappos have shown us that a great brand is a byproduct of creating a strong organizational culture. The idea is that if people love where they work and who they work with, they’ll be more engaged in their work and produce at a higher level for the organization.
So if you’re ready to start planning your next outing and make it a success, we’ve created this list of awesome ideas that everyone on your team will look forward to.
1. Rent a house by the beach or in the mountains
Renting a house for a weekend is a great way to get out of town for the weekend with your team. I recommend using the first half of the first day to brainstorm new ideas. It doesn’t have to be anything formal; it’s just important to take some time to step away and reflect on your business. Oftentimes, the new setting will inspire you to come up with some cool new ideas to explore.
Using a service like Airbnb makes it really easy to find cool houses all over the world.
As millennials begin to dominate the workforce, it’s important that your company makes an effort to give back. One study found that 75% of millennials think it’s fairly or very important that a company gives back to society instead of just making a profit.
So why not make your next company outing a volunteer event? You can volunteer at a food bank, homeless shelter, retirement home, or cleanup project. Try VolunteerMatch to find volunteering opportunities near you.
3. Happy Hours
Happy hours are the perfect way to unwind and share some laughs with coworkers after a long week. At my company, SnackNation, we like to sponsor one for the whole team every month or so. It’s cliché, but we subscribe to a work hard, play hard mentality.
Who doesn’t enjoy some friendly competition? Bowling is always a ton of fun, and it’s a game that most people know how to play. (And for those who don’t, there’s are always bumpers for beginners.)
5. Beer- or wine-tasting tour
This company outing idea is best during the summertime. All you need to do is rent a charter bus service to take your team around to some local wineries, vineyards, or breweries for a tasting tour.
6. Go-kart racing
Go-kart races are another fun, friendly form of competition that your entire team can enjoy. If you’re in one of the major metros of California, Texas, Illinois, Washington, Florida, or Arizona, check out K1 Speed’s Corporate Events packages. Most go-kart facilities also have video games and a bar to keep people entertained between races.
7. BBQ and games at the park
If you’re on a budget, a BBQ at the park is a low-cost way to get your team out of the office when the weather is nice. Frisbee, cornhole, and ladder golf are mainstays when our team hosts an event like this. Check out this list of DIY lawn games if you’re looking for even more ideas to keep people entertained.
8. Arcade/Dave & Busters
You’re really never too old to play arcade games. Make an afternoon at the arcade even more fun by breaking people up into teams to see who can get the most tickets. The winning team’s prize can be something like a lunch together on the company or Amazon gift cards.
I’m sure you know a good local arcade, but check out Dave & Buster’s website too to see if they have a location near you.
9. Sporting Event
Get the team together after work and head out to a local sports game. If tickets to a pro sports team are out of your budget, consider going to a college or semipro game.
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