Are you tired of watching employees stare longingly out at the amazing weather this summer season? The distraction of the outdoors can diminish productivity. For a small business or a budding start-up, every dollar counts. Hosting a company picnic is a perfect opportunity to relieve some of that summertime distraction through team building exercises and great food. Putting on a fantastic company picnic is no easy feat, but if you start with these fundamentals, you’ll be well on your way to pulling off an event the whole company will remember for years to come.

Picnic Theme

When organizing a company picnic, your first step is to choose a theme your employees will be excited about. From a Hawaiian luau to a country western barbecue, the possibilities are endless. The theme should influence your setup, team building exercises, activities, and food and drink. Picking a good theme is essential for creating a fun atmosphere and getting your employees that summertime fix.

Picnic Location

Large public parks can easily accommodate big groups and are easy to almost any theme. If you do pick an outdoor location, make sure there is enough seating for your employees and check the weather report beforehand. Nothing ruins a good picnic like poor weather, and rescheduling is better than having to cancel the event early.

Picnic Food/Drink

Let’s not forget the most important part of a good company picnic — the food! It’s important that your food choices match your theme. Additionally, make sure you are clear about what will be available. Will this picnic be a potluck or catered? Will there be alcohol? When in doubt, just choose the most realistic option for your budget and your theme.

Ultimately, the purpose of your company picnic is to give your employees opportunities to bond outside the office and help get some of that summertime energy out of their system. Follow the above tips and your company picnic will go off without a hitch!

by: Charles Jackson,
AFEUSA President

Charles Jackson President AFEUSA