2018 Summer Outing??? Somethings to Consider

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2018 Summer Outing??? Somethings to Consider

Work can be stressful at times and it’s vital for all of the team to step outside the office to recharge. With summer generally more casual, it’s an ideal time to sponsor a company get-together. Summer outings are fun and events most look forward to attending. They can also foster a more cohesive and positive workplace. Summer is right around the corner, and this is a perfect time to consider your outing. And you do not have to break the bank to effectively host one. Make certain your great intentions are well received!

Some of the Perks:

Within most organizations there is a set workflow. We most likely connect and work with the same people each day due to job function. Outings break the barriers.

Building a solid team is an ongoing process and it is important to consistently make sure your team is working well together and reaching goals smoothly. Employees interact everyday at work, but a summer outing can be a catalyst for more team chemistry, if its presented properly.

Parallel to the old saying “all work and no play”; everyone needs time off to relax outside the office. Summer outings provide fun and festivities to reduce employee burnout. Once it’s time to get back to the everyday grind, everyone should feel recharged. Outings can create more energy in the workplace, leading to stronger and more productive teams!

4 Things To Think About:

1) WHEN IS THE BEST TIME:

If possible try to pick a day that will make employees feel appreciated and have the lowest impact on company productivity .  Friday’s in the summer are generally the slowest day of the work week. Many companies try to plan for a Saturday, but you have to keep in mind how that will be received by many of your company’s weekend warriors, families with children’s schedules to consider and people that already feel they dedicate enough time to corporate life during the week. 

2) ENGAGE YOUR EMPLOYEES

There are easy to use online interactive survey tools that are relatively inexpensive.  Put together a short list of questions: some multi-choice, some typed answer.  Use this information as a starting point.  Then determine based on demographics what employees might enjoy.  Google has plenty of fun summer ideas.  Make sure you account for seasonal weather. It’s always beneficial to have a B-plan.

3)  WHAT IS YOUR OBJECTIVE:

Are you simply saying “we appreciate your work”?  Trying to team build or just pulling the people together for a non-office event?  If you are hosting a day retreat, I recommend a Monday or Friday. Multiple day events can be costly even if they are effective. There are plenty of alternative’s to spending money on summer outings that take less time away from work.  We can even have some fun delivered in a box weekly, monthly or quarterly.  Our fun even has a proven ROI. Make a positive impact and collaborate with others within your organization. 

4)  COLLABORATIVE PLANNING

You may have the perfect recipe, with on the ingredients to make the best cake but double-check with a fresh perspective from 1 or 2 colleagues.  This is supposed to be fun and keep it consistent with your objective.  Design different activities for people of all skills and ages.  Keep it interactive.  And when the big day comes, relax.  Only a few people will ever know what was supposed to happen on paper.  Build a party, let the people bring the fun. Enjoy.

The Think Tank:

1)  VOLUNTEERING

Determine a worthy cause that your company supports.  By coordinating a day of volunteering you create a sense of community and help others.  This is good for the mind and body. Being in business sometimes means giving back to the community.  Cash is king, but it’s not everything.  Team building and personal reward are just two of the benefits your time will reap.  Think of the impact you will leave!

2)  BBQ OR FINGER SANDWICHES

Think of the wedding you attended last year.  What do you really recall?  The food, the music, the menu and the people!  Don’t get too hung up on every little detail, it’s supposed to be fun for you planning it as well as those in attendance.  Give them something to remember.  Keeping the food selection on the down low will create interest and keep people in suspense.  Everyone loves great food and eating a meal together can improve employee relations.  Watch the amount of employer sponsor alcohol, that can hurt employee relations.

3)  DODGE BALL OR KICKBALL

Form teams randomly.  You want to cultivate new relationships.  People will understand and become more familiar with co-workers they normally “see in the hall”. Make sure the activities match up with your demographics and culture.

4)  F1 RACING OR ROPES COURSES

This is a great activity if you work with adventurous people. Check your local area. Corporate group discounts are often available and they are accustomed to handling these events regularly.  They may be a great resource with planning as well.

Check out your own backyard.  Philly Duck Boats are WWII amphibious vehicles that have been reborn.  Tour guides give insight to our great city and reveal much of the great history we may have never known or remind us of what we once learned.

YOUR NEXT SUMMER OUTING SHOULD BE FUN AND INCORPORATE TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES EVERYONE WILL ENJOY.

Contact Synurture. if you need a hand.  302-668-9131


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Top 10 + 2 Health Tips for 2018

No doubt about it we are an instant society.  We do not like waiting. Fast food, on demand, fad diets, and cure-all prescriptions: our lives move so quickly.  Of course it doesn’t even occur to us even after we hit the floor from pure exhaustion. Day after day, we often, by nature, try to taking care of everyone else and often forget to properly care for ourselves.  For best results try including a new health tip into your daily routine every week.  Don’t take on too much too fast.  Success is long-term, results are usually immediate.

Consider these Top 10 + 2 action items for working toward a healthier “you” in 2017.

Truth in Nutritional Label. Eating right is actually pretty simple.  As I tell my children, the labels on food tell us most of what we need to know.  Watch out for processed sugars, pay attention to serving sizes.  We need calories, we need to cut down on sugars. Slowly shift toward a healthy eating plan including a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

Breathe Easy. Take 10 deep breaths. Relax. De-stress.  Slows heart rate. Increases oxygen to brain.

Check the mail 2 times. Meaning you do not have to run a marathon, you do need to motion.  If you only walk a mile. Try walking 2 miles.  Aim to get at least 20 minutes of moderate activity, such as walking, a day.  You will feel great. Aids in weight loss and overall health.

No more butts about it!  No more smoking or tobacco or Nicoret gum or patches.  I am not here to tell you what you already know.  Fact is nicotine is out of your system within 3 days.  THREE days, after that it’s only in your head. Most effective way to stop for good is COLD TURKEY.  You got this!  You’re worth it!

Off the grid after dark. 7-9 hours per night.  Make sure you buy a decent pillow.  If you are frugal like me take the cost and divide by number of hours per year you rest your head.  My pillow costs less than $0.04/ hour. Buy a decent pillow.  Unplug: Cell phones, TVs, things that go beep or buzz, try to power down.

Go see your doctor, 1 time per year.  Preventative medicine saves lives and lowers claims in the long run.  Schedule in advance, and take the two hours to do it.  $0 co-pay and you probably still won’t do it.  You are very important. Ask your doctor about what screenings are recommended for you and appropriate diet and exercise routine.

Social Wellbeing. Be actively part of something bigger than what’s in your small timeshare we call life.  It could be as easy as saying “hello” to a stranger. Investing in people around you has a butterfly effect.  If you do not have a community walk, reach out a little farther and start one with friends.

Stress Less. This is a MONSTER.  Try lemon.  The scent of lemon naturally relieves stress. Take deep breath and release.  Foods: Turkey, Salmon, Dark Chocolate.  Even the sun works wonders.  

Work toward or maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, work toward losing 5-7% of your weight to significantly reduce your health risks. Studies show that individuals who track their food intake or exercise using an app, such as mapmyrun, lose more weight and keep it off compared to those who don’t track.

S.M.A.R.T goals. General goals such as “I think I will walk the dog more often” is not effective. A SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Timely. “I will walk 20 minutes over my lunch break on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays” is a S.M.A.R.T. goal.

Stay positive. Health goals don’t always go as planned. When you face challenges, focus on all of the positive changes you have made, no matter how small they seem. Treat yourself with kindness, like you would with a good friend.

Be Happy.  Being happy is an active choice.  It’s the first choice you can make in the morning, or you can wait until after your cup of tea or coffee.

Need help reaching these goals?  Contact Synurture 302-668-9131.