Easy Ideas for Summer Workplace Fun

April 20, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

We are finally getting some warmer weather days mixed in with the last bits of cold and snow – a sure sign that summer is finally on the way.  The warmer weather and longer days make it the perfect time to introduce some fun into your workplace.

In the past, we’ve discussed summer dress codes and other ways to celebrate this time of year. Today, read on to get some easy ideas to have some summer fun at work.

  1. Meet outdoors. Have some benches near your office?  Move your meeting out from under the fluorescent lights of the conference room and outside into the sunshine.  Everyone will appreciate the chance to enjoy the warm weather.  For one-on-one meetings, consider taking walk.
  2. Introduce fresh foods. Fruits and vegetables are plentiful and inexpensive during this time of year.  Find out what is in season and buy in bulk.  Imagine “Try a Pomegranate” day or invite them to “help yourself to a bag of the fresh organic strawberries I bought at the farmer’s market.”  Not only is it an inexpensive way to do something different and promote goodwill at work, it’s also a great way to promote health and wellness.
  3. Organize a lunchtime cornhole tournament. It’s easier than it sounds.  Ask employees to bring in their cornhole sets and meet outside in shifts to play.  It’s quick, it’s fun and almost anyone can play.  To speed things up, you can give everyone a set amount of bags and see how many they can get in the hole.  Offer a prize for your top scorers – even if it is just the glory of having their name on the leader board.
  4. Take a field trip. Take your team to see another side of your industry.  If you are a publisher, go see the printing facilities.  If you work in a food service industry, go see the farm where the produce comes from.  It’s always fun to leave the office and it helps your workers to see how the whole process works.
  5. Shut down early. With the nicer weather, your employees will be excited to start their weekend plans and grateful to the company for letting them get a head start.  Pick one day a week that works for your business and, if you usually close at 5pm, let half of the staff leave at 4pm.  Then the next week, the other half gets to leave early.  Just make the rules clear to employees in the beginning in order to manage expectations.  “We are introducing a program that will start June 1st and end on September 1st where employees will be allowed to leave one hour early on alternate Fridays.  Check with your manager to determine your early release dates.”  If you want to make it simpler, consider shutting the whole office down an hour early the day before the 4th of July holiday.

Do you have a quick and easy idea to bring summer fun to the workplace? Share it with us here and check back soon for more from Your Partner in HR!

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