After a long winter, summertime is finally here and we’re all dreaming of sandy beaches, fun getaways and playing in the sun. While maybe we can’t close our offices for the summer months, we can take advantage of the season – at work – by adding some fun perks to keep everyone engaged at the office. Now is a great time to put a little extra emphasis on team building and employee appreciation.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Eat Your Heart Out
What is it about food that brings people together? Whether you bring your employees out for a beautiful dinner, share a potluck lunch together, or have the boss make pancakes (like we do!), breaking bread together creates connection.
Consider having an ice cream cart pop up at the office or smoothies every Wednesday. Whatever you do, bring your teams together over food and watch the bonds between them grow even stronger.
Get Out of the Office
Since everyone’s already itching to get out of the office, use that momentum for team building and employee appreciation. Now’s a great time for company outings, offsite family days and even company-sponsored walking and running clubs. Give your employees discounted tickets to amusement parks and local sporting events. Volunteer together!
Give the Gift of Time
There are so many different ways that employers are giving their staff extra time for play. Whether you give employees the option to bank time or you just give it to them, an even slightly-extended weekend is a great way to show employee appreciation and help your team enjoy the fun spirit of the season.
Consider hosting a peer recognition weekly giveaway that recognizes and rewards one team member for going above and beyond. Give them a day of PTO to use during the summer months.
There's Something About Fridays
What is it about the last day of the work week? If you so something – anything – on Fridays during the summer, it’s a good thing. Whether it’s bagel breakfasts, half days or happy hours at 3 p.m., when we managers celebrate Friday along with our staffers, we can all feel a little happier together.
It's powerful to know what your employees think! You can identify problems like poor supervision, communication breakdown, and mounting plans to leave your company before expensive turnover affects your business.
Use this checklist for a quick read on your employee engagement.
As VP of Best Companies Group, Leila has established Best Places to Work programs, given talks on employee engagement topics all over the U.S., and launched our employee survey brand, Best Employee Surveys.
Before joining Best Companies Group, Leila had been a publisher at Mainebiz, a research analyst at several great firms, and an avid gardener. (She can still be found digging in the dirt most mornings before the office opens.) She received her training in social research from the University of Vermont.
Leila resides in Portland, Maine with her son, Henry, their cat, Phoenix, and their flock of six pampered suburban chickens.