Upicnic | Boost Company Culture Metrics with Team-Building Picnics

Boost Company Culture Metrics with Team-Building Picnics

BY MARTA
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7/24/2016

At Upicnic, we specialize in organizing amazing picnics for all group sizes - from a romantic tête–à–tête and friends get-together, to grand affairs for companies and organizations. So obviously, we offer very different types of activities based on the picnic event group size.

Many of our clients have asked us for team-building activities that can be easily integrated in corporate picnic events, a growing demand that certainly fits recent trends in corporate culture. In case you need to catch up on your scholarly journal reading list, here below are some fun facts about corporate culture and why it's such a big deal.

Company culture is more important than ever in hiring and retaining top talent among established corporations and startups alike. If you are looking for an easy validation of this statement, look no further than this 2015 Deloitte University Press Study. Millennials have become the largest generational cohort in the U.S. workforce, with almost 54 million making up the labor force – and as countless HR experts (and this handy PWC report) have taught us so far, when evaluating prospective workplaces, millennials are looking at company values, meaning, community, and culture.

Yes, millennials are reshaping today’s workplace, forcing HR managers to integrate activities that boost corporate culture and engagement into everyday company life.

Picnic experiences are inherently a great activity to offer employees because they offer a unique opportunity for everybody to build relationships outside of the workplace, mingle, relax, eat yummy food, and have fun. And for the HR managers who are looking to kick up their company picnic game, at Upicnic we not only organize amazing corporate picnic experiences, but we also provide team-building activities: from volleyball and soccer tournaments, to hopper balls relay races, to cornhole and giant jenga challenges.  

So why are team-building activities such as sports tournaments so important to build a cohesive corporate culture? Because they increase 5 of the most important company culture metrics as laid out by Entrepreneur.com:

1.   Communication: have you ever tried to play a team sport without communicating with anybody else on the team? Of course not, it’s not possible. If you are playing together, you must communicate, and do so effectively.

2.   Collaboration: isn’t that what team sports are all about? Strategy, collaboration and team cohesiveness are essential for success in both tournaments and work projects.

3.   Support: just because you want to win the tournament, doesn’t mean you should be walking all over everybody else. Respect and support are just as important in sportsmanship as they are in the office.

4.   Wellness: playing outside on a gorgeous day gives everybody the chance to breathe-in some fresh air, relax, catch some sunshine and generally increase the team’s wellness.

5.   Performance Focus: as both an individual and as part of a team, we are always performance and result-driven. Wanting to win a tournament equates to wanting to excel on the job.

We specialize in organizing company picnics that include activities that boost corporate culture and increase employee engagement. You can organize a company picnic in Central Park for up to 300 people – or if you are planning a bigger rendezvous you can look at Prospect Park, Corona Park and even Governors Island.

New York City offers so many options for gorgeous outdoor settings. Plus, the good news is that even in the colder months, when snowstorms and overall weather awfulness is getting your team’s efficiency down in the dumps, Upicnic can lift the office’s morale with amazing indoor picnics! 


 

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