Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? Even if you’re going with coworkers, it can be fun. However, a work happy hour should not be treated the same as happy hour with your friends from college. Sure, you want to let loose and relax after a long day, but you need to be smart about how you navigate an office happy hour. Here are the definitive do’s and don’ts of the work happy hour.
Networking: you can’t live without it these days. For some people, networking comes naturally. For others, it’s the bane of their existence and is incredibly anxiety inducing. There is an art to networking though, and anybody can learn to network like a boss. Here’s how:
Creativity is often vastly undervalued and overlooked in the workplace. It shouldn’t be though. What boss would ever discount the importance of problem solving? Well, creativity is key in providing effective solutions to any issue that may arise at work. It’s the fuel for new ideas and innovation, so it’s absolute imperative to foster and promote creativity at the office. The last thing you want is a team that’s burned out and uninspired. Here’s how to avoid punch-in-punch-out syndrome and encourage creativity at work.
Packing is a stressful activity. There’s no way around it. You’ll always be worried you forgot something at home. Maybe you’re a chronic overpacker. Or maybe you never show up for a trip properly prepared. So now you have to pack for a work retreat. Not only do you need to pack appropriately, as you’ll be around your boss, supervisors, and coworkers, but you also need to pack for a variety of different activities. Have no fear, we’re here to help you! We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to packing for a retreat.
A boss is only as strong as their team. If your team has been struggling to hit its stride, not all is lost! You can bring your employees together and strengthen your team with some easy adjustments to your work life and routine. We’ve put together a simple guide to help you encourage team building at work, so you can have the best team possible.
Planning a killer summer corporate retreat for your team requires some creativity and foresight. You have to strike the right balance between fun, relaxation, and bonding. That’s why it’s best to plan ahead and have some set activities to structure your time. We’ve compiled five our favorite summer corporate retreat ideas that guarantee a successful time out of the office together.
Did you ever play the knot game in school? You would stand in a circle and link hands with your peers that stood across or diagonal from you, essentially turning the group into one large human knot. Then you would have to work together to untangle the knot without letting go of each other’s hands. When you finally succeeded as a class, you not only felt accomplished, you felt closer as a group. You worked together to solve a fun problem outside of the classroom. These kinds of team building games and activities aren’t just for kids though! Groups of adults can benefit from them too. More and more companies are sending their employees on team building retreats, and at Hands in 4 Youth, we love seeing people of any age come together.
Do you like to let your marshmallow slowly heat up until it’s toasty and golden? Or do you prefer to light it on fire and blow it out so it’s scorched with a crispy charcoal outer coating? It’s always fun to roast marshmallows and let them ooze into melting chocolate bars and crunchy graham crackers. S’mores aren’t the only treat you can enjoy around a campfire, though!
Whether it be with a school group or an independent extracurricular, a youth retreat is a great way to get kids out of their element so they can be challenged and grow. Breaking the normal routine and getting outside is a great way to help kids learn more about themselves and the world they live in. It’s an invaluable experience for any child or teenager. Here are our top 7 reasons why you should be sending your kids on youth retreats.