Employee retention is an important matter for any business, no matter what industry you’re operating in. Keeping all your staff members happy and preventing them from going to a different company is essential but can be quite difficult. In fact, it has been found that up to 16% of new employees dismiss a company after spending only two years working there. If you want your business to thrive, then you need to keep your employees happy, and corporate events dedicated to your staff are a great way to start.
You can have recognition programs and reward plans set in place as well. A well-planned recognition program can go a long way toward inspiring your staff and can result in an 11.1% boost in their performance. Add to that a few special events, and you’re bound to have really happy employees.
In this article, we’ll share some advice on how you can host an event for your business that will convince them that they want to stick around and stay away from other companies.
Understand Your Purpose
The purpose of your event is going to determine everything else you plan. Of course, the purpose of your event is to make your employees feel valued and respected. You’ll have to get a few ideas from them about what they’d like to see and do at this event so you can satisfy their needs and wants. The event is all about them, so their opinions will help you make sure it’s something they can enjoy.
Choose a Good Theme and Format
To make the event enjoyable and unique for your employees, start by selecting a theme or topic that resonates with them. Then, consider the most suitable format for presenting it. Create opportunities for your staff members to engage in exciting and memorable experiences that they wouldn’t typically have elsewhere.
Some ideas to make the event memorable could include inviting a renowned speaker, comedian, or band to provide entertainment. Alternatively, you could organize a golf outing on an interesting course or offer the chance to try something new, thrilling, or exclusive for the first time. Even something as ‘out there’ as bungee jumping could work. The goal is to provide your employees with fun and entertaining activities that they can’t easily find anywhere or anytime else.
Choose a Good Location
Ensure that you select a location that enables you to really bring all your ideas to life. There may be instances where the allure of reserving a venue based on positive recommendations or its status as a trendy hotspot might tempt you, but that would be a mistake. Instead, choose a venue situated in a convenient area, radiating a lively ambiance. This way, your employees can be comfy and feel enthusiastic when commuting to the event.
Don’t Forget That Nature Calls
Even if you choose a great location in a brilliant place like Fresno, you’ll still need to make provisions for when your employees need to use a bathroom and there isn’t one readily available. Fresno was estimated in January 2020 to have a population of about 545,000, which makes it the 34th most populous city in the United States. Over 70 ethnic groups are represented in Fresno, which makes it a great place to host a cool event, but be prepared to get porta potty rentals if necessary.
Your business can only be as strong as your own passion, dedication, perseverance, and your employees. Make sure your employees are happy working for you and you can focus more on the things you can personally do to ensure your company’s growth and success. Plan several special events for your employees and ensure they enjoy them!