A massive 45% of all working days lost are due to ill-health in the UK, 37% of those work-related ill health cases are due to stress. Stress and unhappiness in the workplace can have a direct effect on your employee’s productivity and as a result your bottom line. Figures suggest that the cost of decreased productivity caused by poor employee wellbeing in the UK amounts to £15.1 billion each year with the annual cost of sickness absence at £1,500 per employee.
Recent research shows that organisations making an active effort to create the right environment and experiences for their staff are having a noticeable improvement in job satisfaction, therefore reducing the number of sick days taken, improving staff retention and overall productivity. Wellness programmes have been a big topic for discussion for HR teams recently, however introducing a wellness programme is more than just lunchtime Zumba and providing fruit tables. Listening to your staff’s needs and rewarding them regularly has been seen to dramatically increase staff happiness and therefore their productivity.
Holding a Summer party can provide your organisation with a number of opportunities that have been proven to have a significant impact on staff well being, positively affecting how prosperous your organisation is over the coming year. You can take a look at all our Summer Party Venues here.
Summer parties are …
A great way to catch some rays
Increased levels of serotonin are associated with positive feelings and happiness as it acts as a natural antidepressant in the brain. Sunlight is also a great source of Vitamin D building strong bones and easing general skin conditions. With almost a quarter of organisations having limited or no access to a garden, park or outside green space a venue like The Kia Oval flooded with natural daylight can be the ideal spot for your employees to get together in the fresh air and soak up the sun. Just remember your sunscreen, no one wants to get frazzled at the summer party!
A way to get connected
Loneliness is an important issue when it comes to health and wellbeing. Social inclusion has been proven to improve mood and self-esteem, factors that can significantly impact staff productivity.
Pressures and commitments of modern life can make it hard for employees to connect with people both in and outside of work with staff parties being the only chance that an employee has to socialise and experience a sense of belonging. A Summer party can break up the year during the long slog until Christmas providing employees with some much-needed downtime.
Attending an event at a venue such as Kempton Park Racecourse or a place of interest such as a historical location like HMS Belfast can create collective excitement in your team and provide opportunities for employees to share passions and interests. Away from the family commitments of Christmas, a summer event can also be a great opportunity to invite family and friends and promote the importance of work-life balance.
A break from the norm
Having a Summer party doesn’t have to mean Christmas is cancelled. We spend approximately ⅓ of our lives at work and 78% would describe their job as stressful. A Summer party can be a great opportunity to reinforce your organisation's brand and ethos and show how fun and rewarding it is to be part of your team. A Summer Party is your chance to celebrate everything that is unique about your team and you’re more than just a turkey dinner once a year. You could hold a beach party, 1920’s theme night or even a school sports day. With so much choice, why not introduce a poll of venues to help generate a real ‘buzz’ around the event. By providing a choice employees can feel involved in the organisation of the party and feel they have a say and are part of the decision-making process, so they feel appreciated and valued and therefore more inclined to stay loyal to your organisation.
An opportunity to go a bit wild
Recent research suggests that animals improve depression, cut the risk of heart disease and relieve stress. Not all workplaces have the right conditions to introduce an office pet, but a summer party with an animal theme is a great start. Why not try Duck herding or falconry at Leeds Castle or go for a whole menagerie at Bristol Zoo Gardens, Wild Place, where you can visit camp baboon or take a walk with wolves.
Is a time for self-care
Self-care is a relatively new term, however, introducing employees to self-care techniques and general lifestyle changes can help manage the symptoms of many mental health problems. They may also help prevent some problems from developing or getting worse. A Summer party can be a great time to celebrate employees achievements and create a real feel-good factor, you could hold an awards ceremony for everyone to celebrate and praise their team members efforts. People feel better about themselves when their skills are celebrated and recognised, especially by other team members.
Sometimes we forget how important it is to stop and spend some time on ourselves and it’s usually the last thing we allocate time to, so why not promote the importance of self-care to your team and pamper employees at the onsite beauty facilities at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
Nutrition is an important part of health and wellbeing. More adults eat fewer than 3 portions a day than the recommended 5 portions, with 47% of men, and 42% of women eat fewer than 3 portions a day. Introducing employees to new foods and fresh healthy seasonal produce is a great way to promote a healthy balanced lifestyle. The abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables around in the summer season makes it easy to eat your way to better health and an opportunity to try out an exciting range of fresh produce and recipes.
Why not check out the summer menu at Bristol’s Mshed a world-class cultural landmark set on the harbourside with access to the rooftop terrace, that offers fantastic panoramic views across Bristol's harbour.
A chance to get physical
In 2015/16, 26% of adults were classified as inactive (fewer than 30 minutes physical activity a week) so introducing a sporting aspect to your party is a great way to motivate your team into being more active. Whilst Christmas tends to be cosy and sit down, and a time to relax, Summer provides the perfect opportunity to introduce something different. Physical activity is great for promoting teamwork introducing some healthy competition. You could organise a traditional team building or try something completely out of the ordinary like Ballooning at Weston Park or archery at The National Motor Museum Beaulieu.
A great way for you and your staff to save time and money
With a premium often placed on anything ‘Christmas’ and the risk of locations being booked out by June, a Summer party can end up being a less pricey affair, placing less financial stress on other areas of your business and your employees. Employees can also enjoy a social occasion away from the other stresses and organisation that Christmas brings. With such a wide variety of Summer venues, you can choose a venue that better suits your budget.
Can be a time for sharing
Giving brings people together and makes them feel good. Adding a fundraising element to an event or partnering with a charity is a great way to being the ‘feel good factor’ to your organisation. Summer is a great time for this as many fundraising events are associated with outdoor activities. Social responsibility is becoming more important to every business type as it demonstrates to both consumers and the media that you take an interest in wider social issues that have no direct impact on profit margins.
For this reason, evidence of a healthy social responsibility policy can impact buying decisions where customers seek to make an ethical purchase. Choosing a charity that perfectly communicates your company ethos is a great way to differentiate yourself and your products and services from your competitors.
Is a time to express your true Bear Grylls
If you’re based in the UK you’ll understand how exciting it can be to get the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors after a long dark winter (even if it’s raining, which it probably will be!). Being outdoors is a great stress reliever and reduces blood pressure. A recent survey from Mind reported that 95% of employees interviewed said their overall mood improved after spending time outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to more calm and balanced.
You don’t have to go full on outback survival to benefit from being outside, just half an hour’s walk has been proven to slow the effects of ageing. Taking part in an activity outdoors has also been linked to preventing obesity and diabetes, lowering the risk of some cancers and relieving depression and anxiety. It’s also associated with improved ability to think and reason, a boost in energy and reduced levels of fatigue, which are great for improving productivity.
So why not take a walk with your team around the grounds of Leeds Castle before retiring to The Fairfax Hall, a 17th century Kentish timber-framed barn which provides an ideal venue for a variety of occasions and events.