When you spend 40 hours a week at work, it’s important to get along with your coworkers. Spending time together outside the office allows everyone to get to know each other and creates a better team mentality during the week. Positive teamwork improves productivity, communication and conflict resolution. Here are some fun social activities to get you started.
1. Sports Teams
Bowling, softball and basketball are just a few activities that a great for a large group. Playing a sport together is the perfect idea if you have a lot of athletic coworkers. Many communities have adult leagues through the local rec centers, or you can get together at a gym or area park. The great thing about this is you get your daily workout in too.
2. Birthday Celebrations
In a large office, there are bound to be several birthdays each month. Celebrating each one individually can get overwhelming. A better idea is to schedule a time once a month for everyone to get together. A restaurant, bar or local park are all venue options available to have a party.
3. Hobby Groups
People have all sorts of hobbies, many of which are great for a small group. Playing chess, walking dogs, reading books and cooking are a few ideas that others may find interesting. You can join an already organized group in your community or host your group at a local coffee house or someone’s home.
4. Charity Drives
Giving back to your community is a great way to boost morale in your workgroup. Collect toys at Christmas, donations for food drives, coats for underprivileged kids or volunteer in a soup kitchen. The opportunities are endless because there are always needs in the community.
Getting together outside of work is a great way to get to know your coworkers. It helps create a better team environment at work and makes getting through the everyday grind a lot more enjoyable.