Summer Work Dos

Christmas is the most popular time of year for reconnecting with family and friends, and almost every company organises the famous Christmas party, but the summer equivalent is becoming more and more popular. There are several reasons for this, but one of the most important is that a mid-year celebration can be an effective way to show your staff how much you value their contribution and to motivate them for the second half of the year. In addition, rather than trying to squeeze a single event into the first two weeks of December, there are more summer months in which to arrange an event.

If you’re struggling for inspiration for what type of summer do might suit your organisation, here are some great ideas to get you thinking. 

1.   Summer garden party

While the British weather is anything but reliable, this doesn’t mean you can’t plan an event which takes advantage of the outdoors. If you have a wet weather contingency plan such as a marquee or you choose a venue with indoor and outdoor options you can organise a sophisticated summer garden party with a barbeque and outdoor games.

2.   Family fun day

Family fun days are incredibly popular as a way to show your gratitude to your employees for their dedication. You can either hire a venue, in a marquee in your garden or hold the event at your premises (in the car park, for example), but the day should include entertainment and activities to keep adults and children happy. This could include fairground games and small rides, circus performers, bouncy castle and even a fun dog show to get the four-legged family members involved too.

3.   Festival

While you probably aren’t up for taking the whole team away, what’s to stop you bringing a bit of the holiday/festival atmosphere to Surrey? Whether you hire a venue or you host at your premises you could invite dancers, musicians, artists and comedians to perform alongside some excellent food and drink.

4.   Good food and drink at the pub

While it’s certainly a simple option, it’s also an incredibly popular choice to simply hire a function room or space at one of the excellent gastro pubs in Surrey and let everyone relax with delicious food and excellent drinks. Some people might be deterred from/unable to attend an event if it’s too far away or if it pushes them outside their comfort zone, but a relaxed atmosphere and a chance to reconnect with colleagues socially could go a long way towards strengthening the team bond.

5.   Plan an unforgettable experience

Depending on your budget and whether or not your event is intended to mark something special like a company anniversary, you may want to push the boat out on a memorable experience. For example, this could be VIP entry to a local sporting event or behind-the-scenes access to a concert performance. You could even arrange the opportunity to try something like a skydive or a bungee jump. The experience might be scary, but often it’s these shared experiences which bring people together.

If you really can’t decide what type of event would work, why not narrow it down to 2 or 3 possible ideas and ask for feedback from your employees/colleagues? Often events which are planned with everyone’s input get a better response and are attended in higher numbers.

Richard Craig