1.Encourage cross-departmental contact.
From our experience, as “catering staff” attending the grill or the desserts station, we hear all kinds of conversations, as well as many introductions. One of the most memorable conversations, over a double fudge brownie, was the new CFO of the company talking to one of the facility maintenance workers who had been with the company for 20 years. They discovered that their spouses went to high school together. These connections are made regardless of rank, role, departments, and positions at barbecues all the time. Ideas are shared, common respect is earned, and the company bonds that are formed may even save your company much more money than was paid for the barbecue.
2. Foster communication and bridge internal gaps.
When your employees communicate well, your company wins. Company success may start as an idea or introduction at the barbecue and end up as a positive comment in the board room. Again, putting a face to a voice on the phone helps allow for the “gap” to be narrower, and ideas to flow more easily back and forth between departments. As we all know, this level of teamwork is invaluable to any company.
3. Increase morale and lift employees’ spirit.
This is the one point most people associate with company picnics and celebrations in general. This much needed break, and valuable time to connect on a social level, can really help increase employee morale. Also, the relaxed, fun, and exciting picnic atmosphere does good things for one’s soul.
4. Appreciation and recognition.
When you gather your team, feed them well, and have the opportunity to thank them, you can guarantee that this praise will be remembered. You are not just telling them that you appreciate them, but you are also showing them that they are worth the expense. Your staff will know that this is an expense to the company. They also know that many companies have eliminated barbecues and celebrations to cut costs. Your team knows this and will truly appreciate the company taking on this expense
5. Learn about the company and the team.
At your barbecue, when your entire team is gathered in one place, you have a chance to inform your team of the company’s direction and goals for the upcoming year. Then you can ask them about their goals, both personally and professionally. Learn about your team in an environment that is relaxed and stimulates sharing of ideas and dreams. Plan activities where your team learns about other team members, including what they do on a daily basis at work and what they do outside of work. These connections will go a long way for both the team and management. You might even discover a few friendships develop, as well as an increased level of trust between co-workers and management.
6. Learn to have fun together!
All work and no play makes work a dull place. Plan for fun, offer fun activities, and don’t be afraid to ask your team what they would think is “fun”. We are taught to listen to the “customer’s voice”, so why not ask your team for idea? That collaboration can start the fun and collaboration even before the barbecue happens.
If you have any ideas for fun and collaborative barbecue ideas, let us know so that we can use them in our next blog or article. Let’s fire up the grills and get our team together this Summer!
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