Hi there! So, you’re in the process of planning your next workplace event or corporate function? Maybe it’s a staff party, or perhaps it’s a team building day. Either way, you’re pretty sure you’ve got things covered. Putting on an event is easy, and it’s not like it’s that important, right?
Wrong and wrong! Putting on a truly great workplace event actually takes a lot of planning, organisation, skill and knowledge. Just because you’re good at what you do (and we sure you are), it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be great at putting on an event that will make sure everyone has a fantastic time.
Although they might not seem like work, workplace events are really important because they give your staff a chance to bond, which makes them a happier and more cohesive unit.
The Importance Of Good Workplace Events
A recent study found that 75% of employers rate teamwork and collaboration as “very important”. Putting on sub-par events and corporate functions means that you’re missing out on fostering the relationships that lead to a more productive workplace, which will ultimately harm your bottom line.
At Food Loose, we have years of experience organising fun & engaging custom food & drink walking tours that are designed to ensure that everyone has a fantastic time. That means we know a thing or two about throwing a good shindig!
If you’re in the process of planning your next work do, make sure you check out the rest of this post to learn more about the most common mistakes that people make (and how you can avoid them).
“It’s a free event. Everyone should be grateful for whatever they get!”
If you’re putting on an event at the company’s expense, it can be tempting to think that people will be happy with whatever they get. After all, it’s free food and drinks, right?
Unfortunately, that’s not the way the world works. The kind of events you put on are interpreted by your staff as a direct sign of how much you appreciate them and the work they do. Even if you pay them really well, putting on stingy or sub-standard work events is going to send the wrong signal.
Bad corporate functions or team building can contribute to a poor workplace culture that reduces staff morale and overall productivity. It can also make you a less attractive employer. Remember, as an employer you’re always in competition with other companies in your industry.
If their events are amazing (and they’re good at publicising this fact) then you could be at an increased risk of having some of your most valued employees jump ship in search of a better environment elsewhere.
More than anything else, people appreciate their employer putting in some effort to show their gratitude. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a load of money, but taking the time and effort to organise something that everyone will genuinely enjoy is a worthwhile investment that will more than pay for itself in the long run.
“Let’s do the same thing we’ve done for the last several events. Everyone always seems to enjoy that.”
If there’s one thing you don’t want your workplace event to be, it’s boring. Even the most enjoyable activity can become stale once you’ve done it once or twice.
Even if your staff tell you they had a great time having drinks and food at the same bar for the fourth time, chances are they’re not being totally honest. Doing the same thing over and over can also come across as lazy and underappreciative, and as we discussed before, creating this impression amongst your staff can be highly toxic to your workplace environment.
Next time you have a work do, go the extra mile and plan something next, exciting and original.
“Dinner and/or drinks is a great idea. We’ll just hang out for a few hours and it’ll be fun.”
Wrong! Just because your staff get on well at work, it doesn’t mean that they’re going to socialise well outside of work hours. One of the biggest mistakes that you make when planning a work event is doing the same kind of things that you’d do with your friends.
You and your friends have lots in common – it’s why you’re friends in the first place. You have many shared interests and never run out of things to talk about. However, the same probably isn’t true for everyone at your workplace.
That’s why “dinner & drinks” type of corporate function can get really tedious really quickly. You know the routine – when you’ve exhausted the classic small talk topics of the local sports team and the weather and are standing around awkwardly not knowing what to do.
That’s why it’s a great idea to incorporate some kind of fun activity (like an amazing food tour) into your event. Doing so can help to break the ice and give people that don’t have a lot in common something to bond over and talk about.
“I can plan everything on my own. I don’t need Food Loose to make everything really easy and ensure that everyone has a fabulous time.”
Wrong again! Planning a kick-ass work event can be a lot harder than it seems at first glance. Luckily for you, at Food Loose we have years of experience and can make organising your next work do an absolute breeze.
Full of fun activities, amazing food and delicious drinks, our awesome eating adventure food tours are the ideal fun & original idea for your next workplace event. Whether it’s a staff celebration, team building day or client event, we do all the hard work for you.
We’re also on hand to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that everyone enjoys themselves. Each group gets a custom quote and itinerary suited to their needs and budget, so you can be 100% sure that you’ll get an experience that’s right for you and your staff.
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