Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

8 Fall-Inspired Ways to Show Your Employees Appreciation

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Making an effort to show your employees that you value their work will help you keep them engaged. Staffers who understand that their contributions are helping their company reach overall goals are more likely to perform better and stay loyal than employees who are unaware.

Now that the cooler weather is here to stay, companies have several opportunities to show their employees gratitude in a fun way.

fall funTry out some of the fall-inspired ideas below:

  • Hold an office tailgate. With college and NFL football back, the fall months are perfect for this outdoor activity. Make it fun by providing typical tailgating food, like hot dogs and BBQ, and planning a few games, like corn hole and ladder golf.
  • Organize a staff trip to a local pumpkin patch or apple orchard to collect fall supplies.
  • Plan a group hike at a park near your facility. This is a great way to also incorporate fitness. Make sure participation is optional.
  • Create a spooky atmosphere at your workplace for Halloween. Add cobwebs to meeting rooms, put pumpkins on tables, and have candy corn available for your staff and visitors.
  • Coordinate a fun family activity, such as a hay ride or corn maze, at a local park or farm.
  • Invite your employees to participate in after-work soccer or football games for a more rigorous group activity.
  • Treat your staff to a breakfast full of fall flavors. Items can include apple cider, pumpkin flavored coffee, pumpkin bread, apple muffins and turkey biscuits.
  • Host a Thanksgiving themed lunch at your office. Supply the turkey, but encourage staffers to sign up to bring a favorite holiday dish.

Enjoy the fall season with your staff! For additional ideas to show your staff members that you value their contributions, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

Photo Source: Forest Wander

12 Activities to Keep Your Workforce Engaged through Fall

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Saturday is the first day of fall, and with the new season comes cooler weather, different foliage and a workforce that just wrapped up its summer. Keep your team members’ engagement high by incorporating fall fun into your workplace. There are many activities you can try at the office. Some are great for team building and others will show your employees that you appreciate their hard work.

Try these employee engagement activities with an autumn twist at your organization:

  1. Have team members bring in fall inspired dishes, such as apple pie or pumpkin soup, for a fall themed office party
  2. Stock the break room with warm apple cider or pumpkin flavored coffee for a morning treat
  3. Allow your staff members to leave work early to pick up their children from school once the academic year starts
  4. Organize an office activity day at a nearby park and play football with your workers and their families
      • Make participation optional
  5. Help employees stay fit during the season by planning a group hike at a local nature trail
      • Make participation optional
  6. Purchase group tickets to a local football game or other fall activity for you staff members to enjoy
  7. Treat your staff to a fall family day and schedule family-friendly activities like jumping in leaves or a cake walk
  8. Plan an office outing to a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch to bond while walking and picking autumn goods together
  9. Host a family hayride at a local park or farm
      • Include hay bale contests or a mini petting zoo
  10. Encourage fitness by arranging after work pick-up soccer games
      •  Make participation optional
  11. Throw a Halloween party and create a costume contest and a pumpkin decorating and carving contest
  12. Buy a turkey and hold an office potluck lunch for Thanksgiving
      • Ask your employees to each bring a dish

For more employee engagement tools and strategies, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

Photo Source: Michael Whyte