As the saying goes, “work hard, play hard.” And here at SnapRetail, you can call that our company motto.
It’s essential to the culture of a business to establish a fun, but productive working environment where employees feel their hard work is rewarded. Not only will this boost morale, but employees will truly value the job they do and the teammates they work with on a daily basis. It’s also a great way to have all employees, who don’t necessarily work hand-in-hand, get to know each other. Another vital addition to the culture of a business is one of celebrations.
That’s how it is at SnapRetail. As a way to congratulate our company on a successful June, the SnapRetail team took a July 1 trip to Wildwood Highlands, a Pittsburgh fun zone, for a day filled with games, food and, of course, fun. But at the core of it all was team building. How better to bond with your fellow colleagues than by having a huge laser tag game? Our team building outing was successful because we were able to rely on team members during a game or face individuals as a group during activities like mini golf or bumper boats, while having a great time with colleagues (check out pictures below).
Having a day of celebration isn’t just for large companies. You can plan your own team building activities as an independent business and it doesn’t have to be an all-day event with huge costs. All you need is a little creativity. If you’re on a budget or have time constraints, consider holding your activity during the work day. It can be something as simple as a team game (ice breakers or a problem solving activity), a potluck lunch or a dessert, like cookies, cupcakes or cake (we love sweets at Snap!). This builds camaraderie and gives employees a chance to interact, away from the work environment, even if it’s only for 10 minutes. You can hold this monthly for celebrations, like meeting sales goals, or for a special occasion, like holidays or birthdays. If the sky’s the limit, take a page from our team bonding book and schedule an out-of-office event for your team. Consider a picnic, amusement park, professional sports game or a fun zone for a great day of bonding.
Team building activities are not something that should be forced, but can be something that is out of the comfort zone for many, which brings the ability to rely on colleagues, while having fun. “All work and no play,” said no one, ever.