This year, your company may not be in a position to host a large company picnic or holiday party. The question then becomes: how do I boost employee morale without breaking the bank? Luckily, you have options, with several economical ways designed to boost employee morale and bring fun back into the workplace.
As one of the top event planning companies in Los Angeles (and throughout the country), we’re here to help! For us, there is no event too big or too small; simply put, employee appreciation is very special to us! Our event planners know how to work within your budget and make even a small gathering an experience your employees will remember. You might be wondering though: how do I even begin to plan such an event?!
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That would be food, of course! For example, one of the best things you can do is to take advantage of our premier catering services. How about breakfast? Breakfast bars are great for several reasons: they encourage mixing and mingling among your guests, they’re self-service, and they offer lots of options for a wide variety of choices. We offer a full breakfast bar where people can create their own omelets: think fresh pork sausages, hash browns, pancakes with maple syrup and freshly-squeezed orange juice for starters. Want to take advantage of the Southern California weather? Have a company cookout! We bring the BBQ right to your location and grill up all the traditional food like hot dogs, hamburgers and street corn. We also offer deluxe cookout menus with tri-tip, BBQ chicken and even vegetarian options!
Not into breakfast? Try a fun happy hour with tapas and a specialty cocktail toward the end of the day, a carnival-themed buffet with fun novelty foods like cotton candy, popcorn, and sno-cones, or try a dessert bar with assorted cakes and cookies. Ice cream socials are a great option, too. This is a novel, fun event that they won’t be expecting! Ice cream socials are totally interactive, allowing your employees to build and create their own sundaes and enjoy fresh ice cream “on the job”. Trust us, they’re going to say thank you for this one!
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If you’re considering offering your employees a special meal, consider the administrative logistics. Be sure to provide complete setup and cleanup services before and after the meal, and offer full staffing so guests don’t have to do much except enjoy themselves. The less work they have to do, the more likely they’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and most importantly, valued as a member of your company or organization.
Another economical thing to boost employee morale is hiring a professional massage therapist to provide on-site neck and shoulder massages. This is, of course, an excellent and creative way to relieve stress and relax. Many jobs are sedentary, requiring hours of concentrated time at a computer desk, so this is a practical and highly beneficial idea for people working in the office all day. Even a office workout can boost productivity (here are 10 office workouts you can try today!). For an even more spirited activity, consider hosting team building Olympics filled with specially designed games that boost morale while bringing your team closer together.
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Let’s face it: everyone likes surprises. Why not shake up the routine of the day and offer a spontaneous day off?! If time and budget allows, consider giving your employees a day off, or a half day even. Monetary rewards and incentives are great too. Perhaps it’s unrealistic to consider offering small bonuses – consider offering monetary rewards in the form of cash vouchers for restaurants, fun prizes, raffle tickets, and the like. All of these options are incredible stress relievers that will encourage your team to feel truly appreciated. Experience has shown us that when you do something extra special for your employees, their team spirit improves dramatically.
Luckily, we can offer you many choices, which will boost employee morale AND are cost-effective. If you’re ready to get started, contact us today. Let’s turn an ordinary day at the office into an extraordinary one and cultivate an appreciative employee environment, starting now!