M Most corporations or any work community will probably have social events once in a while and whilst they are a great opportunity for workers to socialize and get to know some of the newer workers better, they can also be great opportunities to improve teamwork and a healthy touch of competitiveness between the different work factions.
Although these social occasions will usually cost the employer, they can be cost effective as they not only can promote teamwork but also help to keep morale high, both of which can contribute significantly to productivity levels and so therefore directly affect profitability. Although some companies form committees to organize these social gatherings or perhaps at least designate one person to be responsible for them, it is becoming increasingly popular to outsource for corporate event ideas and allowing specialist companies take care of all the arrangements.
The workers, of course, should see the events as social gatherings, an opportunity to socialize with their fellow workers but the more canny bosses will see them as opportunities to cement teamwork among the different departments, sometimes vying one against another in friendly competitions. The friendly competition requires that a team works cohesively in order to win and this sticks with them once they are back in their workstations, helping to increase the combined productivity instead of them trying to achieve better results as individuals.
Far too many companies only have an ‘office party’ where the drink flows freely and whilst the workers may enjoy them, no real advantages are achieved in productivity unless the increase in moral is significant. The drinks can still flow freely though whilst a trivia quiz takes place or a karaoke night is in progress or some form of team party games are participated in and regardless of the drink, the teams try their best to achieve bragging rights for the night and in doing so, cement their ties as a functioning team.
Of course, not all social events have to depend on plenty of drinks being available as a bowling completion may seem an appropriate event for a social get together or perhaps a boat cruise, with or without unlimited drinks. The important thing is that the vent is something which the workers enjoy in order to boost their moral and hopefully also something which can enhance their co-operation in working as a team in order to achieve the best results. Although some events seem to be particularly popular, the occasional variety also has its benefits and who knows, one of the newly introduced events may itself, become the new most popular happening.