As temperatures rise and summer vacation photos float around the office you may notice a drop off in employee engagement and energy. When you think back to the holidays when everyone was excited about what lay in store for the future of the company you may wonder how to recapture that festive spirit. Summertime is a great opportunity to promote team bonding. You don’t need to wait until December for the office holiday party with these Christmas in July summer team building ideas.
Charity Bike Build
Most offices only consider their corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitment during the holidays, but you can do some good year round. Firefly Team Events’ Bike Build will fill your team with holiday cheer. At this event which can be run in the office or as part of an outing, your teams will be led through the assembly of children’s bicycles. We also bring craft supplies out so employees can make personalized cards which turn these donations into heartfelt gifts. Local, underprivileged kids get as excited for these gifts as they do for Christmas morning.
Cool your staff off with an outing to the local ice rink. With the high powered air conditioning, you could even pair it with an ugly sweater competition. Many rinks have offers for private group lessons from professional trainers and former Ice Capade performers. If your team has a competitive streak, try a game of broom ball. Cap off your team bonding day with some hot cocoa and cookies to make everyone feel warm and cozy.
Great Bake Off
Nothing reminds me of the holidays more than baked goods exploding from every corner of the house. Have a dessert potluck so everyone can share their favorite family recipe. Provide recipe cards for the event. For a bigger party rent out an industrial kitchen like The Hood Kitchen Space and have your team work together to create a full holiday feast. Summer team building with a side of gravy- yes please!
Bit of the Bubbly
Everyone has a favorite holiday drink. My favorite is hot buttered rum, but Food Network has lots of other suggestions. Celebrate your Christmas inspired cocktails with FireFly’s event, Bar Fight- Mixology! Teams answer trivia questions to earn money for ingredients to use in their creations. We’ll bring the brave judges for the competition so everyone can participate even if they’re a non-drinker. Part pub trivia, part mixology competition and all that’s merry and bright- Bar Fight gets your team laughing for a memorable, out of the ordinary experience.
Christmas in July Summer Team Building BONUS: Auld Lang Syne
Is your company launching a new program? Offering a new service? Celebrate its release with a New Year’s Eve inspired countdown. Build up the excitement for this exciting development and allow your team to cheer for its ultimate implementation. Noisemakers and plastic top hats strongly recommended.
For these or other Christmas in July team building ideas contact our favorite elf by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org