Ultimate Guide and Ideas for Planning a Company Summer Outing

The workplace can be stressful at times and it’s important for employees to step outside the office to recharge. With summer generally considered to be a more carefree time, it’s a perfect season to host a company outing. Team outings can be entertaining but also help establish a more interactive and positive workplace. Summer is right around the corner, and this is a great time to consider your outing plans! Read how to plan your summer outings, as well as some of our company outing ideas below!

Benefits Of Hosting A Company Summer Outing

When your employees are able to develop meaningful relationships and connect with colleagues, it can have a positively profound impact on the workplace.

Building a cohesive team is a never-ending process and it is important to consistently make sure your team is working well together and reaching goals smoothly. Employees interact every day at work, but a summer outing can be a catalyst for more team chemistry.

We all know the old saying “all work and no play”, and that is something that should definitely be avoided. Team outings during summer are a perfect way to relax outside the office, as they provide fun and festivities to reduce employee burnout. Once it’s time to get back to the everyday grind, everybody should feel refreshed. Company outings can create more energy in the workplace, leading to happier teams!

A report from RedBalloon/AltusQ found that companies with high employee engagement levels were up to 10 times more likely to see an increase in sales and profit than those with lower engagement.

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3 Things To Consider When Planning A Summer Outing

1 Know Your Employees

Is your office predominately male or female? What do you think your employees would enjoy doing outside the office? Do your employees have families – would you consider inviting their children or spouses to the team outing?

2 Evaluate The Importance

Are you planning a summer outing for team building or for your employees to meet across departments? Would you consider a weekend-long retreat or a Friday afternoon barbecue?

3 Don’t Settle For “Nice” When You Want “Fun”

You can have all the “tools” (location, games, and food) when organizing a summer outing, but how you use them will make all the difference. Develop a goal to create an event where everyone is actively involved and enjoying a memorable day.

Ideas for Your Next Summer Outing


Spending a company outing helping others isn’t just good for the soul but also supports healthy team bonding. Place-based volunteering opportunities include a weekend retreat with Habitat for Humanity, soup kitchens, or organizing a book drive for local school libraries. Need some help planning a philanthropic event? Check out our Do Good Bus program.

2 Barbecue Or Picnic

Everyone loves great food, and eating a meal together can improve employee relations, which makes it one of our favorite company outing ideas. Try to think outside the box from the usual hot dogs, hamburgers, and potato salad being served at a barbecue or picnic. Have your event catered and advertise it as a mystery meal to keep people interested! Better yet, check out the various Team Cuisine menus that your team can enjoy!

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3 Laser Tag

What better way to get your adrenaline pumping than an exciting game of laser tag? Not only is laser tag a fun activity for a summer outing, but it will allow your employees to use their logistical and strategy skills, as well as work as a team! Want something even more interactive? Look into our Live-Action Adventures & Escape Games.

4 Kayaking Or Canoeing

Water activities like kayaking and canoeing are great choices for team outings if you work with adventurous people. Spending time on the water is an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend a beautiful, summer day. Many public rivers have boathouses with rentals, so a company outing will be easy to organize. You can encourage your employees to tandem with coworkers they have yet to get to know better! Step it up a notch with our Corporate Survivors program.

Many people live in places that they have never toured.  Embrace your city! Why not take a Duck Boat tour or Segway around? it will be fun to act silly and you might even learn something new about your city!

Want to book a company summer outing but don’t know where to start? Contact one of our TeamBonding event experts who can help facilitate a company outing that meets your team’s specific needs.

Amanda Deiratani

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