You may spend more time with your business than your family, at times. Your business is your family. It is your livelihood. The people that work for you are important to your success and you need to take great care of them, no different than your family at home. If you don't already have an HR plan for your business now is the time to make one. Once you have those key elements in place to run a great company, you can begin to have fun. Here are a few tips to plan the best outing for your employees!
No different than a family vacation, or a day at the amusement park, when you leave your shop you reduce stress about the business. Pick a location that is local- it doesn't have to break the bank. It can be a park for a barbeque or a restaurant around the block. When you step away, your employees know that for that moment, the business is not your priority, they are.
Let everyone in your company know when the event is going to be, and make it a point to know this is mandatory fun. As long as you schedule these far in advance, there is no reason that your employees should not want to be there. They should appreciate you making an effort, as much as you appreciate their hard work. Plan it out well in advance and take their time into account so they can plan accordingly. If you don't have the luxury of taking time off during the workday, you can schedule it on nights and weekends.
Find a few leaders in your business and motivate them to help you plan the event. Get their ideas, and let them lead from the front. If they come up with it, it will be better. Let them take ownership over it so they can rally the rest of the team.
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Regardless of what you do, begin to create a habit of positive culture through these events. It can be once a month or once a quarter to start, but let your employees know that their social wellbeing is important to you and that you want to enjoy time with them as if they were your family. If your staff sees that you are trying, they will work harder with you. Companies thrive because of great culture, so begin to act like the company you want to work for.
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