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Since it’s July, our minds are definitely in summer mode. And that means your employees’ minds are too.

So now is a great time to start thinking about hosting some summer workplace activities. (I know we already have some fun ones planned!)

Summer workplace activities allow your employees a chance to get out and enjoy the warm weather and boost their relationships with co-workers.

Not to mention, they can also enhance your company culture and identity.

It’s obvious they’re awesome – so now you just have to pick an activity!

Company picnics are the most popular choice. (Read our previous blog about company picnics here.)

But they’re not the only option for summertime employee fun.

Today, we’d like to share some alternatives to the company picnic.

Here’s a list of our 5 favorite summer workplace activities that aren’t a picnic:

1. Cookouts

Cookouts are great for three reasons: 1. Delicious food. (Enough said.) 2. It’s the most summer-y activity we can think of. 3. Employees love the chance to spend time together outside.

This is actually our favorite on the list. We started cooking out on our patio last year (thanks, Chef John!) and it’s now a company tradition.

2. Volunteering

This is a great option, because not only does it benefit you and your employees, but others as well. Warm weather gives way to lots of volunteering opportunities: build a house with Habitat for Humanity, participate in a fundraising 5k walk or run, or take part in a beautification project, to name a few. Check with local organizations and see what your community needs.

3. Baseball Games

Take your team out to the ball game… Baseball games are a great way to get out of the office and have some fun. (If baseball isn’t your thing, pro soccer teams also play games in the summer.) Most sports teams even offer discount tickets for groups. (Like the Louisville Bats if you’re local!) Peanuts and cracker jacks optional.

4. Ice Cream Social

What better way to enjoy the warm weather than with cool treats? Bring in popsicles, rent an ice cream truck or bring sundae ingredients and have a sundae bar. You can even spice the event up with mini-activities like a corn hole tournament or live music!

5. Scavenger Hunt

If you want your summer workplace activity to double as a team-building event, then this is the one for you! Items can be found in your business’ neighborhood or all around town. Your city may even offer local scavenger hunts (Check out Louisville Quest if you’re in the River City like us!)

We hope these summer workplace activities have served as good inspiration.

Play around with the options and see what will work best for your employees, culture, and work space.

Or, hey – have that company picnic if you want!

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  • Keeping Employees Engaged in the Summer | gThankYou!

    commented on June 4, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    […] HR posted an article with the cheeky title of 5 Summer Activities That Aren’t a Picnic. (Not that there is anything wrong with picnics!) and their ideas included a few you may not have […]