Employee engagement is difficult to measure in numbers but has a substantial impact on the overall success of a company. The culture in a workplace is something that develops over time and can be encouraged in a variety of ways. Setting up team building activities for your employees in the Bay area is a proven way to evolve your workplace culture and create opportunities for office socialization. The following are a few fun and inexpensive ways to initiate these get-togethers in your company.
If you are working in a large office, it’s easy to get accustomed to only working with those in your department. Exposing employees to other departments or having them ‘shadow’ another employee for a day is a great way to introduce new faces and strengthen cohesion between different departments. For instance, if an employee from the legal advertising department in the Bay area is exposed to the brand strategy team, they may come away with a new perspective and different understanding of how to assist another team while also meeting new faces. Cross-departmental exposure is not only inexpensive, it can also lead to the discovery of innovative ways to execute work in your company.
Create Collaborative Spaces
This is a simple one. Employees are more likely to build relationships with each other when space allows them to congregate comfortably. Cubicles and a water station may not be cutting it as far as team building goes but that doesn’t mean you need to spend big money on an elaborate set-up. Having a central area with couches and snacks where employees can work and relax together is a good way foster collaboration.
Giving back to the community is meaningful and also a way for employees to get to know each other in a different setting. A good way to get your advertising company invested in the cause is to choose a few local organizations and let your staff vote on which to support for the allocated time. Set up a time in the week for the event and allow employees to volunteer at the chosen organization. As a company, valuing community involvement is important to employees, clients, and the community as a whole. In addition, the event will give staff from different departments the opportunity to meet over a shared interest.
Opportunities for team building do not end here – there are far more creative ways to encourage workplace culture and community in your workplace. Whether it be games, parties or volunteer opportunities, employees appreciate a company that invests in their people.