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Here’s a fun fact. According to a study from Glassdoor and Office Suite Strategies, 80% of employees say they’re motivated to work harder when shown appreciation. Not only is that a significant percentage of your workforce, it’s also (by transitive property) a significant figure for your prospective productivity rate. When it comes to employee recognition, you get out what you put in.
An annual employee recognition picnic is a chance for employees to step outside of the daily routine and enjoy their workplace setting in a more informal and leisurely way. But for your picnic to be successful, there are a few things you’re going to need. Here’s a list of six must-haves for your employee recognition picnic to truly make an impact.
The employee recognition picnic is the perfect opportunity for your team to get to know each other’s families. Inviting families to the picnic is significant because it helps to cultivate a sense of closeness and loyalty to the organization. It also gives families a chance to experience a sense of pride in your team members through awards and accolades. The sense of connection and genuine caring that family presence at picnics creates is absolutely invaluable to your company.
Raffling off prizes (whether it be paid time off or a new LED TV) is sure to get your picnic attendees’ blood pumping. Employees love that sense of suspense right before the winning ticket is drawn. What’s more, raffles provide a fantastic philanthropic opportunity, especially if tickets are sold and proceeds are donated to a cause within the community.
From dunk tank with the boss to company kickball games, your employee recognition picnic should be a place of healthy competition. You can find plenty of great company picnic game ideas by doing a little research and referencing the size and scope of your team and picnic event. But it’s important that everyone gets the chance to participate in the fun and excitement.
Like America itself, what truly makes your organization great is the plurality of viewpoints and backgrounds that make up your team members. So it’s important that in the process of planning your employee recognition picnic, you consider your employees’ ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. This goes for everything from menu planning to décor and entertainment. Ask questions and make a genuine, caring effort to get to know your team on a more personal and cultural level.
Communication is vital to the growth and success of any organization. Employee recognition picnics are an ideal public forum for communicating your gratitude and acknowledgment of your most hardworking and dedicated team members. Naturally, not everyone likes to be made the center of attention. But each and every worker who enables your success deserves to be acknowledged for their efforts by everyone on the team. After all, that feeling of togetherness is the essence of teamwork.
Speaking of the essence of teamwork, the ultimate goal of your employee recognition picnic should undoubtedly be strengthening the bonds that each employee shares in work and in life. In planning your employee recognition event, keep your focus on that sense of togetherness. Celebrate teamwork and unity. With that, your whole organization becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
There’s no way around it: your business wouldn’t be where it is today without the efforts and dedication of your team. So it’s vital that you show them the love and recognition that they’ve earned. For most businesses, there is no more significant event for doing so than the annual employee recognition picnic.
If you’re ready to start planning a memorable company picnic this summer, contact our dedicated planners online or give us a call at 262.547.9447.
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