Host an Enjoyable Team Picnic
As spring emerges and the weather warms in many parts of our world, many of us are often drawn to be outside more. Plants and trees are growing greener, flowers are blooming, and the sun is melting the snow.
There is evidence that being outside is good for us. Not only is it healthy, but going outside during the work day is something different and interesting to do. So, having a team picnic outside will allow you to reconnect and de-stress while enjoying the good weather.
Things to consider when you plan your picnic:
Invite your team to a picnic lunch (or end of the day happy hour) somewhere outside near your office. Ideally, it’s a short walk or perhaps a short drive. The location should be scenic and provide a place to sit comfortably. If possible, reserve a location to ensure your spot will be available or get someone from the team to go early and stake your territory.
A picnic isn’t a picnic without food. Keep it as simple as possible while ensuring the food is special and delicious. Be sure you have all the supplies needed including napkins, plates, cutlery, and cups.
There are many options for food including:
- Bring your own lunch
- Order food to be delivered
- Pot luck - everyone brings something to share
Be thoughtful about the length of your picnic. An hour may not be enough time to travel to and from, set up, and enjoy the picnic without feeling rushed.
Look for a day and time when you have time for a long lunch - at least 90 minutes. Consider a Friday or the day after a big project or deadline is over.
Good fun and conversation might be all that is needed for a successful picnic. Playing games adds to the fun. Consider bocce ball, frisbee, or even kite flying. If you live in a cooler climate, consider a fire pit with s'mores.
Playing festive music on a portable speaker can add to the ambiance. Bug spray might be necessary. For comfort, encourage people to dress very casually on this day.
What if your team is working remotely?
Schedule a virtual picnic. Pick a day and time, and encourage everyone to eat lunch outside together on Zoom or Teams.
Make it fun by seeing who has the most beautiful or enjoyable picnic spot.
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams, Team Consultant Academy, and FORWARD, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.
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