The Perfect Summer Company Outing

Monday July 18, 2016

The perfect summer company outing can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. Most employees want some kind of outdoor activity in a place that’s not too hot, not too crowded, and generally offers varying types of entertainment and peer interaction.

If you’re in charge of planning this event – Don’t panic.

Summer was made for company parties on the roof deck, time spent in the woods at a retreat cabin, and fun inclusive games in the park that are amazing at boosting morale.

Planning a company outing doesn’t have to be mental torture. Simply take some time to read up on the best steps you can take to please almost everyone and make your outing more than memorable:

  1. Ask Yourself the Right Prep Questions

Before you even send out the announcement about the company outing, be sure you have covered all of your bases in the planning.

  • What is the budget for your event?
  • What do you hope to accomplish?
  • Who is on the guest list?
  • What do you need (in terms of materials, food, props, etc) to pull it off?
  • What do you do if it rains?
  • Are families invited too?
  • Is this happening during business hours or after?

You’re going to get questions right from the get go, so be ready with some forethought to encourage adoption.

  1. Ask Your Fellow Employees What They Want to Do

Getting direct and honest feedback is the key to your success. Send out an electronic questionnaire via platforms like Survey Monkey. Ask people directly. Hold a secret ballot. Whatever you need to do, do it in the democratic way. That way, if the event is great, you look like (and you are, we know) a great person who cares about everyone’s opinion at the company. And, if the event is bad, things won’t fall solely on you, as you officially consulted everyone before you even made your first phone call.

  1. Make Your Event Outdoors

Yes, beer and bowling are fantastic. Indoor trampoline parks with basketball, dodgeball, and a trick competition? Stellar idea! However, those things can also be done when the weather is cold, and are not necessarily suited for the summer. When considering voluntary attendance (or planning a mandatory outing) during the summer, people are looking to take advantage of the nice weather via picnics, ball games, paintball, hiking, boating, and other activities that are unique to warm seasons.

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