Have a Picnic!

Does your company host an event in the summer or at the holidays?  For many years we had a huge party at the holidays and a summer bar-be-que. Due to a challenging economy, we stopped having company sponsored events a few years ago. That was, until this summer.

We decided to have a family picnic at a local park.  We played games, had a nice buffet of picnic-style food and some light entertainment.  It was great.  The evening was a bit windy but it didn’t rain and it was not 100 degrees. We all had a great time and we learned a few new things about one another. We also learned that we are more important to each other than we realized.

As a company, we learned some important lessons, too.  It is not enough to simply provide benefits and a paycheck.  It is also important to have some fun.  Have you ever heard the expression, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?” Well, we had become a dull work place.

We also learned that, it is important to know each other personally, not just professionally. This helps to people to want to work together as a team.  No one wants to let a friend down.  And that’s what we have become, friends again.

Finally, we learned that simple plans are often the best.  This is true for all companies, large and small. Have a potluck!  An event doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive to be fun.  The most important thing is to make everyone feel welcome.  Don’t forget to include the children, grandchildren and spouses!  The more, the merrier!

We have an amazing group of employees and the summer picnic began as small way of saying “Thanks” for a good well done.  In the end, we were all reminded that the workplace is a family and families need to have fun and celebrate together. We will have more parties and picnics. We shared a beautiful Colorado evening with our families and friends. What more could we have asked?