The weather is warmer, the days are longer and the great outdoors beckon your employees while they are working in the office. To boost morale and help your employees enjoy the summer while at work, think about throwing a fun office party. It can be a great way to help employees enjoy the summer while still working, and you might even see an increase in productivity. Bring the sun with some of these Summer office party ideas and games.
Split employees into teams for a fun scavenger hunt around the office. To encourage bonding among employees, make sure to pick the teams and put people from different departments on the same team. You can hide items for employees to find and include riddles as to the location. When they find the item, they can snap a picture on their phone. The first one to take a picture of all the items wins!
Bring Your Child to Work Day
Chances are, your employees’ children are out of school for the summer. Consider hosting a “bring your child to work day” to help parents spend more time with their kids and to liven up the office environment. You can have games, fun presentations, scavenger hunts and tours of the office for the children to enjoy.
This is a great event to help children understand what their parents do at work, and can even get them thinking about their future careers (depending on how old they are). It also promotes work-life balance, and is a great way to show your employees your dedication.
Ice Cream Social
Hosting an ice cream social for employees is a great way to bring the summer feel to your office. You can invite all employees to meet in the kitchen area to make their own sundaes. Make sure to provide a few different flavors of ice cream, and all the toppings: chocolate and caramel syrup, sprinkles, whipped cream, nuts, candy, cherries, etc. Remember to ask employees about any allergies and accommodate them accordingly.
Potlucks are a great way for employees to show off their cooking skills – and eating skills. You can ask employees to bring in food for the potluck a few weeks before, and put out a signup sheet so that people can see who is bringing what. To liven up the potluck, consider making it themed or even hold a contest for the best tasting dish.
Hosting a game day is a great team-building event that can help boost morale. Depending on how many employees you have, their interests and how much space you have at the office, there is a variety of games to play. You can use your office’s parking lot or an open space nearby for sports, like soccer, kickball, volleyball, etc. To see what your employees are most interested in playing, send out a survey a few weeks prior to the event.
If the activity is outdoors on a hot day, make sure to provide employees with water and sports drinks. You can even offer snack or host a barbeque after the games are finished.
Make your employees feel like they are on a mini-vacation with a summer-themed party. There are lots of summer themes for a party:
• Clam bake
• Fourth of July
Once you have picked your theme, find food, drinks and decorations that align with it. You employees will love bonding over great food and drinks while having fun with the theme. As you can see, Summer office party ideas are a great way to bring any team together for the warmer months.
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Office celebrations can be a lot of fun, but they’re also great for improving the productivity of your office. Office parties improve morale by giving you a chance to make sure your medical office knows how much you appreciate them and the work they do, and by giving your staff a chance to relax and bond with each other, increasing teamwork and group cohesion in your office. With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, now is a great time to throw together an office party that is both fun and helpful for your practice. Let’s take a look at some of the best Cinco de Mayo party ideas for your office this year.
Festive Food and Drink
Food and drink are the best parts of any part, but for many of us, Cinco de Mayo brings to mind images of margaritas and imported beers. These drinks are best enjoyed after your medical practice closes, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of options for your office’s Cinco de Mayo festivities. For more work appropriate fare, alcohol free margaritas (though you may want to keep these out of sight of your patients to avoid awkward questions) and, of course, traditional Mexican foods and their Tex-Mex cousins tend to be major crowd pleasers. Mexican colas, which use real cane sugar instead of corn syrup can also be a hit. Guacamole, salsa, and queso are all great snack options to keep in your break room for staff to grab when they have a chance.
For a more comprehensive option, try a lunchtime taco, nacho, or burrito bar for your staff. This can be quickly, easily, and inexpensively whipped up by you or a staff volunteer, or you can splurge a little and have a local restaurant cater for extra authenticity and even less effort. If you really don’t want to go without. Don’t forget to be sensitive to any staff members with dietary limitations by incorporating alternative choices that they can eat, dairy or gluten free options for any staff members with dietary limitations.
Create the Right Atmosphere
Aside from food and beverages, decor is the most important part of any party or celebration. You can go all out with carefully placed sombreros, a hanging Mexican flag, and lights and Mexico and Cinco de Mayo themed banners strung up around your office. Alternatively, for a thriftier approach, simply use store bought or even homemade decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag: red, green, and white.
Don’t forget to choose the right music to finish off your fun and festive atmosphere. Traditionally, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with mariachi music, but for a more modern take, try a Mexican pop radio station, either through standard publicly accessible radio stations or through your medical practice’s internet radio provider.
Be Culturally Sensitive
Remember that Cinco de Mayo is a culturally significant holiday, so try learning a bit about the history of the holiday so you know why you are even celebrating in the first place. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the unexpected victory of the Mexican army over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday, but it later became a way for Mexican-Americans to celebrate their Mexican culture and pride and has now become a celebration of Mexican culture in general throughout much of the United States. Recognize and appreciate this history – and keep your office party classy – by avoiding the stereotypes and hurtful jokes that are found in many Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Celebrate Throughout the Year
Cinco de Mayo may only come around once a year, but there are plenty of holidays that you can celebrate at your office to create a festive atmosphere, have fun at work, and keep your medical practice’s staff’s morale high. For more office party ideas, see our guides for celebrating Easter and Saint Patrick’s Day in your medical office.
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Easter is quickly approaching, and for many of us that means time spent with family, hunting eggs, and maybe going to church. For many of us spending time in the office before the holiday, the idea of an Easter celebration at work sounds good, but how can we celebrate in a way that’s inclusive and appropriate for the workplace?
Well, fortunately there are a number of office Easter party ideas that are fun and inclusive of people of all faiths and beliefs.
Celebrating in An Inclusive Way
One of the most important things about any office event is for everyone involved to feel included and accepted. For this reason, it’s best to avoid any of the religious significance of the holiday, and to instead focus on the more secular aspects of the day, such as Easter Eggs, the Easter Bunny, and the general celebration of spring. You can also plan a company picnic or barbeque, because let’s face it, everyone loves a free lunch.
It’s important from both a legal and social perspective to include everyone in the fun, no matter their personal belief system. Towards that end, here are some things you can do that are fun for everyone.
Organizing an Office Egg Hunt
When you get right down to it, the most important aspect of typical Easter celebrations is the act of coming together with family and friends.
One of the best office Easter party ideas is to organize an office egg hunt for the children of your employees, or for local kids, or even for your patient’s families. If this sounds like something that would work in your office, try asking around and gauging interest. You don’t want to have an egg hunt and no kids to go hunting…unless you want to do an Easter egg hunt for adults, which is totally fine too.
You can do this indoors or out, just make sure you use candy instead of real eggs (you don’t want an unfound egg going bad in your waiting room), and be sensitive to any potential allergens such as gluten, or nuts.
Bringing Out the Easter Bunny
You may also want to schedule a visit from the Easter Bunny, either instead of or in conjunction with an egg hunt. There are a number of places that will rent or sell an Easter Bunny costume, and some will even provide performers. You can let the little ones take pictures with the Easter Bunny, or have Easter Baskets ready for everyone. Of course, you may want to do the baskets anyway, because everyone loves getting treats.
Spring is In the Air
If you want to do something as a general celebration of spring, it’s hard to go wrong with an office picnic or barbeque. Reserve a place at a local park, or just outside your office and get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
Catering is fine for a small office, but if you have a bigger office you may want to do things potluck style to keep costs down.
You may also want to plan some games, or have a few things like lawn darts (the updated kind that uses beanbags, not the banned version with metal spikes). This makes for not only great fun, but also a lovely bonding experience for everyone present.
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In a medical office, it can feel like there’s never enough time to get everything done. Taking a couple hours out of the day just for fun may be impossible, so it may seem like celebrating holidays at the office would be impractical or a waste of time. However, celebrations can actually be very beneficial. They boost workplace morale, especially if you take the opportunity to make sure your staff knows that they’re appreciated, and you can celebrate without taking time out of your office’s busy schedule. With your lucky day right around the corner, let’s take a look at some fun Saint Patrick’s Day office ideas you can implement without cutting into time with patients.
Your Saint Patrick’s Day celebration won’t be very effective at improving morale if your employees don’t take part, let alone enjoy themselves, so find ways to encourage staff participation even before the holiday. Send out praise ecards to inform staff of the celebration and let them know how much you appreciate them. If you have a small staff, you could even write out cards for each staff member. Staff that feels appreciated will be more likely to take part.
In addition, you could instruct staff member ahead of time to wear green, and provide a prize for the employee who wears the most green or has the most creative outfit. Have inexpensive green beads or something similar on hand so that any staff members who forget or are otherwise unable to can still take part. You can also encourage employees to decorate their work spaces and, again, provide a prize for the best looking or most celebratory space. This not only creates a festive atmosphere and motivates staff to take part in the festivities, it also saves you time, money, and effort on decorating the office.
Finally, make your celebration meaningful by hosting a drive or collecting donations for a local cause. You can make this thematic by supporting an environmental, ‘green’ cause, or you can choose a local school, charity, or other organization. If you want, you could even inform patients of your drive or donation collection to get them involved, too.
Traditional Irish Fare
While for many people, St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration defined by drinking, there are plenty of thematic foods and beverages that can be consumed other than alcohol. Having thematic food can be a great motivator for staff to get involved in festivities, and is a fun way to celebrate without having to take time away from patients. Staff can simply grab food on their breaks. You can either take this opportunity to treat your staff, or you can involve your staff by inviting them to bring in dishes for an office potluck. Among the most Irish of Saint Patrick’s Day office ideas, this one is sure to be the most popular.
You can simply provide staff favorites, or you can try traditional Irish and Irish-American food like bangers and mash (sausages and potatoes), soda bread, bacon (boiled ham) and cabbage, colcannon (mashed potatoes and cabbage), boxty (potato cake), shepherd’s pie, and potato bread. Thematic desserts can provide an extra festive touch to satisfy the sweet teeth on staff. If you really want to go the extra mile, you could provide a light or heavy breakfast for staff in the morning, including foods and drinks like green smoothies, green tea, soda or potato bread pastries, boiled bacon, sausages, or even hard boiled eggs dyed green (just make sure your dye is food safe).
Set the Scene
If you have staff decorate work spaces and host a festive lunch, you’re already halfway done with creating a fun, thematic atmosphere in your office on Saint Patrick’s Day. However, there are still a few more steps to complete the ambiance. Purchase decorations like streamers, banners, signs, balloons, and more cheaply at party or dollar stores, and pay special attention to the main lobby and break rooms to optimize the effect for both your patients and your guests. If you wish, you could provide patients with green beads to include them in your celebration, especially if your office often sees children.
Music without lyrics can be soothing for your patients and aid in the productivity of your staff, so why not add the finishing touch some ambiance to your office by playing some traditional instrumental Irish music. If you want to play something more subtle, celebratory, or hip, try music by Irish bands like The Pogues, The Cranberries, The Script, U2, Irish Rovers, Celtic Thunder, the Clancy Brothers and the Irish Tenors.
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Regardless of your office space, these creative Saint Patrick’s Day office ideas are sure to bring the fun. However, if you are interested in changing spaces, regardless of the reason, Boulevard LA can help make it a positive experience for you, your staff, and your patients. Whether you’re starting your practice from scratch, are simply considering changing spaces, or have already started planning your move, the experts and Boulevard LA have the knowledge and expertise to make the whole process a breeze. Schedule your consultation today.