A company that takes care of its employees, promotes a healthy lifestyle. And there is no better way to achieve this than by organizing a company sports day. From team-building, to the promotional value, sports day can become a useful event for the company, and a fun, and relaxing day away from the office for the employees. With so much potential to become the most important date on your firm’s calendar, plan ahead, and be smart when organizing it.
Although management should have the final word, company inclusion of employees can be great when deciding what activities will go on the sports day itinerary. Create, and visibly display a suggestion box, then pick the top finalists to become the core activities of the event. Allowing everyone to participate in the decision-making process, will spark more employee interest, and a larger attendance once the day of the event comes.
The next step is to choose an organizational committee that will handle the preparations itself. The team should be headed by HR, with representatives from each department included. The diversity means the job can be broken down into segments, relying on individual strengths of each member to accomplish specific tasks. Let them come up with a plan, which will allow the company to set aside resources accordingly to successfully execute their duties.
Equip the Participants
To make the event look and feel more professional, try and supply each participant with sporting equipment. It will reflect importance sports day has over the company, and to what extent the company means to go by providing its employees with the best conditions outside work as well. Be sure to make everyone feel included into the event with quality promotional clothing for all attendees. So even if someone is there just for fun, everyone will have a sense of belonging to the company spirit.
Make it Fun
Sports day should be all about fun, and promoting a healthy to employees’ lifestyle, but you can also spark some internal competition with prizes. Unless there are more disciplines than one, make sure to provide each team, or individual, the chance to stand out. Winning shouldn’t be everything, but in rewarding unusual achievements like “the most creative jersey”, or “the funniest team name”, everyone will snatch a prize, and have a good time. Ultimately, it will give the entire event a lighter, and happier tone.
A Family Event
Consider making the company sports day a family event. Including workers’ families can be a great bridging tool that narrows the gap between employees’ personal and business life. With a common denominator, families can easily connect with each other, helping employees bond outside of the work place. Family members can even be included in the activities themselves. The company will be labelled as a family-friendly environment that has both employees, and their families’ best interest at heart.
The Promotional Value
A sports day has also immense promotional opportunity for your company. Uploading photos and videos on the company website, and social media networks will give your customers something they can relate to. Also, the employees can also compete for a good cause, turning sports day into a charity event, and helping the company become socially responsible. By engaging smaller businesses for decorations, catering, and entertainment, your company’s sports day will grow into a communal event that helps the local economy.
Once sports day becomes your companies’ tradition, each event will improve your employees’ office dynamics, providing them with something fun to look forward to throughout the year.