Happy employees are more creative and more productive. In other words, going the extra mile to nurture employees’ job satisfaction can really pay off — and one of the most straightforward ways to do it is to encourage a little RandR in the form of a company barbecue or picnic. Here are few reasons why a barbecue is just the thing your company needs:
It’s An Excuse To Get Out Of The Office
Nearly all employers agree: team-building exercises and building strong employer-employee relationships is important. Nearly all of these activities take place in the office; while understandable, staying in can actually make these team-building activities less effective. Employees are more likely to feel on the spot at the office. Simply taking it elsewhere can reduce stress levels by quite a bit.
You Can (Politely) Ask Employees To Help Foot The Bill
For nearly all corporate events, employers end up paying the entire bill. A picnic or a barbecue can be an exception to this rule, however. While employers can still expect some costs — things like table rentals, party tent rentals (a sailcloth tent, inspired by nautical themes and the sea, is an elegant and practical choice; renting a tent will keep the party going in the event of rain or high winds), and maybe even outdoor dance floor rentals — they can save money elsewhere.
It is perfectly acceptable to make picnics or barbecues into a potluck, and ask employees to contribute a dish, snack, napkins, or paper cups and paper plates.
Being Outside Makes People Happy
An outdoor party, like a company barbecue, is good for the soul. According to studies, people who spend more time in the sun also show fewer signs and symptoms of depression.
Is it time to invest in a dance floor rental, a tent, and a spot for a company barbecue? Throwing an outdoor event is comparably less expensive than other corporate events (thanks to their potluck-like nature), and it can significantly improve employee morale — and ultimately employee performance — too.