Team Social Event Ideas
Whether you organize work events or are looking for social ideas for clubs, here are the top ideas for fun social events.
In 350 B.C.E., Aristotle wrote that “Man is by nature a social animal.” Initially, humans formed groups to avoid being eaten by saber-toothed cats, giant hyenas, and possibly, carnivorous kangaroos. We’ve hung together ever since. After spending so much time around one another for centuries, the need for social interaction became hard-wired in our brains.
That’s the reason people join clubs and why work events are crucial to a productive office. We crave social events.
Benefits of work social events
Hosting events outside of the office is one of the best ways to boost employee engagement and productivity. It may seem a little counterintuitive, but having employees take time off during a workday helps them become better at their jobs. When your employees take part in a group activity held in a relaxing environment, as opposed to social events at work, the employees develop better relationships, which helps to improve efficiency and collaboration.
According to a recent Gallup study on employee happiness, “Compared with business units in the bottom quartile (of happy and engaged workers), those in the top quartile of engagement realize substantially better customer engagement, higher productivity, better retention, fewer accidents, and 21% higher profitability. Engaged workers also report better health outcomes.”
At teambuilding outings, employees often see a different side of their colleagues that helps them better understand their coworker’s strengths and interests. Work social events also help a company’s departments get to know each other better. For example, the marketing team may have very little interaction with the tech staff, etc. The interchange from teambuilding activities can lead to greater familiarity and collaboration between departments.
Work social events provide a boost to company morale and create loyal employees. Because happy employees actually enjoy going to work, absenteeism decreases.
Keep reading for fun and engaging social committee ideas to motivate your coworkers.
Benefits of social clubs
Those with a healthy work-life balance may choose to spend some of their free time in a group organization or club.
Because many clubs focus on a particular activity, such as cooking or photography, they are a great way to discover a hobby or learn about a new interest. Don’t worry; for the majority of these organizations, you don’t need to be a master—or have any prior knowledge—of the club’s subject. Since everyone shares a similar interest, you’ll make new friendships and find that plenty of those friends are happy to share their knowledge with you.
Another common type of organization is one that’s focused on a fitness activity or sport. These types of clubs can help you become and remain fit and healthy, especially if you are the type of person who needs a little motivation to get moving. A commitment to club members is the perfect incentive to throw off that warm blanket and get out of the house on a windy winter day.
Clubs also share a link with work events because they are great for networking. Once you start meeting people who share your interests, you may be surprised how many of them also work in fields similar to yours. You could also join an organization relevant to your business to broaden your networking possibilities.
Finally, one of the best reasons for joining a club is the fantastic activities prepared by club organizers. In addition to the general meetings, these associations frequently arrange fun outings to celebrate their members and bring them closer together.
Social activity ideas
Here are some of the most popular work and club event ideas.
Gala ball/awards presentation
When your organization has something to celebrate, there’s nothing better than a gala blowout. The pomp and circumstance go a long way to making your employees or members feel special. From holiday parties to awards presentations, there’s nothing like a glamorous ballroom for the setting. If you wish to serve food, your options range from hors d’oeuvre tables placed around the venue to a multi-course, sit-down dinner. To further liven the evening, consider a theme for the party, such as The Roaring ‘20s, Preppy 1980s, or a murder mystery.
There’s no need to head to a cineplex where every auditorium blares the latest superhero flick or, well, I guess that’s the only choice. Instead, find an event hall with a projector and a giant video screen and create your very own movie theatre. Even better, your movie choice is only limited to everything available to download (or rent). To up the engagement possibilities, you could let members vote on genre and titles or allow the employee of the month to pick the film (within reason, of course; this is not the appropriate time to introduce 60-year-old Gladys in accounting to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”).
To paraphrase a line from a classic film (although we’ll admit, it’s far from the best in the series), “Several people enter, one person leaves.” Although, in this case, everyone will leave—safely—because the only battles in this tournament take place with board games. Buy four or five of the same game, enough that everyone can play simultaneously, and determine a way to declare an ultimate winner (i.e., out of the four or five winners, the person who earned the most points, etc.). Spend some time researching board games. There are many exciting titles, so you may want to move beyond Monopoly and Clue (although you may not; those are great games). You could also select a game like Jenga to help the tournament move quickly. If you need some inspiration, check out an online board game discussion group (yes, they exist; everything exists online).
A significant aspect of coming together as a group is that you can use your assembled energy to help others. Possible fundraising activities include a poker or casino night where everyone puts in the same amount. The winner gets a small prize, but most of the money goes to a charity (or all of it does, and the winner gets a day off or something fun). Another option is a raffle where employees solicit donated items. Again, they put in the same amount, but they receive tokens to bid on the items.
We hope these team social activities provide you with a creative spark. Now, if you need a place to host your social events, look no further than DFW Celebrations. Our centrally located party venues in Dallas feature multiple ballrooms, tons of free parking, and a team of experienced event planners dedicated to your every need. To schedule a tour, please contact us here.