4 Benefits of a Business Mixer
There was a time when summertime used to indicate daily BBQs, long nights and beach trips for everyday, at pretty much any hour of the day. That all changes once the the real world hits. Working 9-5 with from a cubicle instead of a corner office with a view is more realistic. But even with drab work days, don’t stop having a summer frame of mind.
Having a work mixer can put the stack of ribs right back in the workweek. And here’s why it should be done:
- A team that knows each other well is a team that works well with each other. If employees are more aware of what makes fellow workers tick, it’ll be easier to work towards establishing a smoother atmosphere in the office.
- A mixer is a great excuse to practice team exercises or play getting-to-know-you games that will provide nuggets of information that isn’t exposed during rigid office meetings. Weekday mixers are great for bonding and building morale among a team. With the help of a game or two and some recreational beverages, a tighter knit team is sure to emerge!
- The community gets in on it. Mixers don’t need to be held strictly within the company. Might as well invite members of the community for a nice afternoon of snacks, drinks, conversation, and sharing what the business does. Make sure to coach the team beforehand to reach out to guests. It’s a great opportunity for old, new, and potential customers to voice opinions or ask questions, or just get to know the team.
- Business becomes an afternoon reprieve. Mixers work best when held during the workweek and in an afternoon time slot. Everyone gets off a bit early to help set up (more bonding) and the rest of the day is dedicated to the enjoyment of the atmosphere and company. A little time off every now and then is good for the soul, especially during the summer when the weather outside is warm. What better way to check out one afternoon than to spend it improving the business’ morale and image all at once?
Deborah Sweeney is the CEO and owner of MyCorporation, an online filing services company that specializes in incorporations and LLCs. Find her online at mycorporation.com and on Twitter @deborahsweeney and @mycorporation.