Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Irma Hunkeler – Head of Operations at Re:signal. Her opinions are her own.
Corporate events are a great way to get your staff together once in a while so that they can blow off steam and get to know each other outside the office. These events can really help to foster a harmonious working environment and will make your team feel appreciated by the company. While there’s no harm in simply heading out to a bar or restaurant with your team, sometimes it’s a good idea to go the extra mile and do something fun or quirky. Here are some quirky corporate event ideas that your team will love:
1. Painting Holiday
In many professions, creativity is often stifled in favour of practicality, but you could let your workers tap into their creative psyche with a painting trip abroad. There are a range of painting trips and courses available throughout some of the most scenic parts of the world, which are often visited by small groups and companies.
Creative activities are well known to stimulate the mind and are a fantastic way for people to unwind, particularly if it takes place in front of stunning backdrops such as the floating city of Venice or the dramatic coastlines of the Amalfi Coast.
Zorbing has increased in popularity over the years and is popular with children and adults of all ages. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, zorbing is regarded as a recreational sport where you have a giant plastic ball encircled around you while you roll down hills.
There are also other variations of the game, such as zorb soccer, which involves a normal game of soccer, only with the added ability of knocking your opponents over in the process! Zorbing is a surefire way to boost morale amongst your employees, and even if you have a large workforce, you’ll be able to find venues that can handle over 100 people at once.
3. Escape Room
Escape rooms are brilliant for corporate events because they require team effort, communication and problem-solving. Your staff will probably be used to being cooped up together in an office all day, so why not let them help each other to escape for once? This type of event is perfect for smaller teams, although it can be done with multiple teams competing in a race to see who’s the quickest.
The basic goal of an escape room is to find as many clues and items to escape a themed room before the time runs out. Not only are escape rooms a whole lot of fun, but they also help to sharpen concentration levels, boost communication and time-management skills.
4. Award Ceremony
A great way to engage all of your staff and create some excitement is to host your very own awards ceremony. It is a very good way to motivate your staff and build morale amongst the team. It also creates a healthy level of competition and your employees are more likely to push themselves if they know there is some form of award, giving them something to strive for over the year.
Why not make it into a formal event and opt for a black tie dress code? This way your employees will be rewarded with a lovely evening of entertainment, food and drink and it could become an annual social highlight.
5. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is one of those physical activities that forces people to come out of their comfort zones, which is why it’s such a rewarding thing to do for both the individual and for the company. When your workers get too comfortable, they stick to their routine and can be adverse to challenging themselves.
Rock climbing trips can easily change their perspective, literally and figuratively. What’s great about rock climbing is that you can set your employees a target of how many meters you want them to climb collectively, and this can really motivate them and promote a sense of teamwork. On top of that, it’s also a great opportunity to get out of the office and exercise!
6. Cocktail Making
It’s pretty difficult to find someone who doesn’t enjoy a cocktail from time to time, so why not gather your team out for an evening of cocktail making? Cocktail making is ideal for smaller to medium sized groups and is a fun way for your employees to break the ice with each other.
It also involves a healthy amount of competition as each person tries to create the tastiest and most presentable concoctions. Not only that, but it gives everyone the excuse to get a little tipsy, and there are also a few drinking games that are usually thrown into the mix towards the end!
7. Virtual Reality
If you really want to set your company apart from others, you can introduce your employees to the world of Virtual Reality. Extended Reality technology is set to lead the way across all types of sectors over the coming years, so you should definitely look at ways that you can incorporate it into your company.
The beauty of Virtual Reality is that it is all-encompassing, and can be applied to virtually every type of work sector out there. You can create games or immersive experiences for your staff, or you could simply head out to a VR gaming convention and test out all of the latest video games. One word of warning though, VR is not always for the faint of heart!
8. Laser Tag
Laser tag is one of the most exhilarating activities to do as a group, and it’ll be sure to leave all of your employees with a lasting smile. The object of the game is to shoot your opponents on their sensors, which are generally located on the chest. Unlike paintballing though, laser tag is completely painless, so you won’t have any employees taking off any sick days due to injury!
Laser tag requires a great deal of teamwork to win, so you’re likely to see all of your employees cooperating with each other in order to eliminate the other team. Sportsmanship is also a huge part of laser tag, so providing everyone plays fair, there’ll be lots of camaraderie.
9. Volunteer Work
Many companies these days are adopting ethical policies and partaking in philanthropic activities in an effort to boost their image, but also to contribute to good causes. In fact, many modern workers feel a stronger sense of loyalty to a company that gives back to the community, which is why volunteer work is such a great idea to organise for your team.
Getting involved with some local initiatives provides the perfect opportunity for your employees to bond with each other while doing something for the greater good. Additionally, it has been proven that doing charitable acts releases endorphins in the brain and makes people feel happier and healthier, which can only be a good thing for your company.
Organizing some corporate events every now and then is highly important if you want to improve the overall mood of your workforce, and you’re very likely to reap the rewards for it in the long run. A happy worker is far more productive than one who is disgruntled or bored, so if you’re able to offer up a quirky event every once in a while, your employees will feel more motivation in their day-to-day duties, and they’ll also have more loyalty to the company.