Workers can spend enough time in their cubes, out visiting clients, or hunched over their computer screens and smartphones. That’s why it’s all the more important to make sure the corporate events you plan for your company are fun, engaging, and go off with a bang. So, here’s some inspiration for your planning: 10 fresh and unique corporate event ideas.
The topic is common, but execution is key. Consider working with an event manager to create unique team building activities specifically for your company’s brand, mission, and goals. Have activities for people to work on together, with a company focus in mind. Think outside the box to come up with a truly memorable team building event.
If staff members already have a great time discussing sports at the water cooler, getting tickets to a local sporting event would just about make their day. It’s a chance for your team to bond over the home team. To really make ‘em smile, and if the budget allows, consider getting a suite at the game.
Find a local comedy night to attend – or book a comedian to come to you. It really gives people a chance to unwind and have some laughs. If the comedians leave a mark, you and your co-workers will have some fun repeating the best one-liners for weeks to come.
Get your teams to work together with a scavenger or treasure hunt, either in the building, or out around the city. Provide a list of clues and tools for everyone to work together. Don’t forget about the prize incentives for the winners!
Game Shows or Trivia Nights
Some agencies out there will come in and provide a true game show experience for your company, complete with all the bells and whistles. You’ll get teams working together, but they’ll be having so much fun in the process, too.
Employee Talent Show
Get everybody involved in the fun with a talent show. Solo, duet, or group acts can choose a talent they’d like to showcase. Singing, dancing, skits… maybe even a little creativity with hesitant folks showcasing their social media talents or perhaps revealing the most valuable skills they use in their jobs.
Who doesn’t love food? Match up teams with a variety of cooking ability levels on each squad. Model it after your favorite cooking competition show or just give employees a chance to work together creating dishes. Then, sit down and enjoy the meal together.
Use your corporate event to give back to the community. Maybe there’s a local charity that could use your help putting together items. There are also larger organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children that lend themselves to larger group efforts.
Here’s a chance to see what your coworkers are made of when they step behind the microphone. Sometimes it’s those quiet ones that will bust out their best moves and singing voice. It can bring people out of their shells, plus you could even make it into a competition. One suggestion, pick something fun or popular, and get the whole group to sing the last song together.
Board Game Tournament
If you’re looking for something more low-key during a cold winter day, break out some board games. It gives employees a chance to unwind and think about something other than their work for a bit. Find a way to create a competition and award prizes for winners.
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