6 tips to convince your boss to throw the team a summer party
Summer's in the air and the Christmas party seems like the stuff of distant dreams. For the team, anyway. While most companies are comfortable with the idea of keeping their staff happy with a Christmas party over the festive season, the idea of holding a similar celebration over the summer months may never even have crossed their minds.
But apart from the sheer fun and revelry, throwing the team a summer party actually comes with numerous advantages for the business itself. And therein lies the key to convincing your boss that a summer office party is an absolutely brilliant idea. Now, just to drive the idea home with some of our foolproof talking points.
1. Happy Workers are Productive Workers
By late spring, the office Christmas party feels like eons ago, and everyone is in dire need of a morale boost. Slaving away in the office day after day can lead to a lack of motivation with nothing to look forward to on the horizon. A study carried out by the University of Warwick actually proved that happy workers are 12% more productive, and that can only be a good thing for any business.
Which boss doesn't want its employees to accomplish more in less time? Arranging a summer office party that gets everyone away from the grindstone, even if just for a while, is a great way to refresh the team and prep them for new challenges ahead.
2. Saying Thank You is Better than a Raise
While a summer party might seem like a needless expense in the eyes of your management team, the payoff is greater than you'd think. We all know that keeping costs down is high on every manager's agenda, so the news from Psychology Today that 70% of workers actually value recognition and appreciation for the work they do over receiving a pay rise could pave the way to a 'yes' for your summer party request.
What better way to prove to the team that they're valued than by giving them an opportunity to let their hair down and relax at the company's expense? And on the flip side, the company gets to be generous and fun while actually saving the company money.
3. The Importance of Team Building
Team building and community bonding have become big ticket items in recent years, with companies from New York to London spending small fortunes on activity weekends and courses for their staff. According to Forbes, team building is the most important investment a company can make, as it leads to greater employee engagement.
Plus, getting employees out of the workplace and into an environment where they can communicate as equals is a great way to create a positive workplace culture. Convince your boss that a summer office party is an even better (and cheaper) alternative to zip lining in the Welsh valleys!
4. Keep Your Staff Onside
In today's highly competitive market, staff are always on the lookout for the best possible deal. It's a no-brainer that skilled workers are going to be tempted to move their services to a company that offers better perks for their employees, so convince your boss that they need to stay ahead of the competition unless they want the hassle of having to constantly recruit and train new staff members.
Offering employee perks like office parties plays a big factor in attracting high calibre talent, with research carried out by Glassdoor showing that 57% of job seekers rate benefits and perks among their main considerations when applying for positions. If your boss wants the best possible team for the job, they need to think about offering fun activities that encourage workers to remain loyal. . . Like an office summer party, perhaps?
5. Think of the PR Opportunity
Everyone knows the old saying, “Any publicity is good publicity,” but outstanding team benefits and perks are the stuff of Google legend. By throwing a summer office party for employees, the business is sending out a strong message about its positive employee culture and how much it cares about its staff's happiness.
What better way to promote the firm's image and make it stand out from its rivals as a great place to work, and a considerate and ethical company to work with? Even the most skeptical boss is likely to see that this kind of social event is a PR opportunity not to be missed.
6. Give the Company a Tax Break
If all else fails and you can't get your boss to see the light, there's one final weapon in the armoury. . . Your summer office party is actually tax deductible! According to HMRC, annual company events are tax exempt, which has to be a bonus for any business that's keen to make a saving.
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