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Five Favorite Outdoor Activities for Appreciating your Staff!

by Allison
30. April 2013 08:30
Allison

Here in Michigan, we've had a bit of a rough start to spring. Last week it actually snowed—with accumulation. Even our most devoted winter enthusiasts were not impressed!

This slow transformation has us all gazing out our windows in anticipation: a sprig of green here; a flash of sunshine there… signs of hope! And inspiration for planning some ideas for getting outside when the weather does finally show its fairer side.

While we wait (patiently!) here are our five favorite activities for appreciating your team while enjoying the great outdoors!

Let Loose at the Zoo.
If you have a local zoo, it can be a great place to spend some leisure time with your team. Most zoos have walking trails and plenty of space to move around in groups. Plus cool things to see and fun activities to do. On our last zoo outing, we were given gift cards to use at the food vendors, and the picnic area was perfect for all of us to gather at the end of our adventure.

Put Some Agri in Your Culture.
A few years back, we took our group to a nearby farm. They hosted a variety of events, including volleyball, face painting, and a sack race—and we even got to tour the grounds and learn about the livestock and crops. They also fed us a wonderful barbecue lunch.

Take the Ball and Run with It.
Hands down, our favorite outdoor activity is to go to a baseball game. We rent the pavilion, have a meal catered, and enjoy watching some minor league athletics. The stadium staff are always good sports when we visit and put on an extra special show, with fireworks and family activities that everyone loves.

Recreate with a Tailgate.
You don't need to travel far—in fact, sometimes the most fun is right in your own backyard! Have a grill-out in your parking lot, or, better yet, rent a food truck. A couple times a year, a local food truck parks in our lot and employees can go up to the window and order whatever they want. It's a rave-worthy celebration every time, plus an excellent way to get everyone together, while enjoying the convenience of staying close by.

Make it an Inside Job.
OK, I know this is supposed to be about outdoor activities, but with unpredictable weather, sometimes plans can change with one raindrop (or snowflake!). Time to bring the outdoors inside! Why not have a beach-themed cubicle decorating contest?

Or a limbo competition?

Maybe a Peeps® themed potluck?

Whatever you do, don't forget the giveaways!

•  Tote bags are ideal for carrying around all the treats and finds your team members pick up along the way.

•  Drinkware is great for staying hydrated if you're out in the sun, and a terrific take-away they'll continue to use at work or at home.

•  Team Shirts are the best way to brand your activity. Check out our event shirts that you can customize with your personalized text and logo. We provide the artwork; you add your one-of-a-kind flavor!

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Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She’s been writing for Baudville for four years and has worked in a variety of business settings for more than 19 years. Before becoming a professional writer 12 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She’s what we call a true believer!  
 

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