Each morning, the sound of an alarm clock going off can be heard in homes across the United States. It signals the start of a new workday for tens of millions of Americans. Most people follow set routines before going to work. These might include getting the kids ready for school, exercising, or grabbing breakfast and a cup of coffee. Of course, there is also the morning commute and search for the perfect parking space near the office or place of business. People also have common routines at work. They chase deadlines and perform regular tasks and duties every day. All of this begs the question, “Wouldn’t it be great to break the everyday monotony?” If you own a small business, giving your employees a break from their established work hours, responsibilities and productivity goals can help them relax and recharge their energy. One way to do this is by having a company event, which is an excellent perk for your employees. Learn three reasons to hold a company event in this Balboa Capital blog article.
1. Rejuvenates employees.
When people start a new job, they are typically motivated, open minded, and ready to make a good impression. As time goes by, some employees – perhaps yours – might feel like they are simply going through the motions. Their motivation level might go down from its initial high, and they could lack the drive and energy needed to be productive and successful. This is not uncommon in today’s business world. The results of a nationwide Gallup Organization poll confirm that 46% of U.S. employees are not fully engaged at work. Holding a company event or outing is a good way to rejuvenate your office, prevent burnout, and change habits that are hindering your company’s success. Taking a break from the daily rigors of work also allows your employees to have fun and come up with fresh ideas that might benefit your business.
2. Strengthens cohesion.
It is not uncommon for employees to go days, or even weeks, without speaking to each other because they are located on different office floors, are they work in departments that don’t usually interact with others. Aside from the occasional “hello” in the break room, these employees might never socialize and develop professional friendships. Company events can prevent this from happening and strengthen your team’s cohesion. A fun-filled event or outing will break down workplace barriers and allow your employees to mingle and get to know each other on a more personal level. This can strengthen bonds, make your team feel like a cohesive unit, and improve your company’s overall operations.
3. Improves morale.
When employee morale is high, so too is employee production. That’s because they are motivated and totally bought into your company’s mission and goals. Perhaps the best time to reward your employees with a company event is when they are exceeding your expectations. Imagine how happy and appreciative they will be when you give them a break from work. A company event reminds your employees how much you value their efforts and accomplishments. Being away from the office for a few hours can prevent morale from sinking, and keep your employees happy and productive.
Company events should be part of your employee engagement strategy. In order to be successful and well received by employees, your events need to be planned well in advance. Don’t wait until times are tough or morale is low to announce an event. Take time to plan something that will be memorable, and do not skimp on your budget when it comes to things like the venue, food, entertainment, awards, etc. You should also consider assigning tasks to employees so you can get things done more efficiently.