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When I say summer outing what do you think of?

February 19th, 2019 by Anne Celeste Anders

man fishing

When I was young my father’s company summer outing was a fishing trip. My father owned a mechanical contracting company so he employed mostly men, but the families were invited. Even though the spouses and children were invited, not many came except for my mom, my siblings, and me. The fishing trip was always a blast. There was amazing homemade food cooked by my mom and of course plenty to drink. We went out all day on the ocean and I am not sure, but I never remember a rainy day. We had the whole boat, followed the fish around, ate, drank and everyone just hung out and had FUN. Those memories are over 45 years old and even though people have retired, moved on etc., when I run into those past employees and their children now they all talk about how those were the best of times and how they really felt like the company cared about them. My father was a strong believer in his employees. He understood that they were the backbone of his business. If you treat them right, they will treat you and your customers right. The summer outing was not the only employee event. He also held two holiday parties; one at the shop for just the employees and one at a restaurant for employees and their guests.

I have worked at Fun Enterprises for over 25 years; our employee/company holiday parties and summer get-togethers have given me a greater sense of community and appreciation.

Every year we help our clients produce hundreds of employee events. Through these events, we experience first hand how corporate outings and events make employees feel proud about where they work.  I always tell my clients that saying thank you to an employee does not have to be a big event. It can be as simple as a caricature artist at a lunchtime social or an ice cream truck for an afternoon break.

I am talking about my personal feelings because it is not just statistics talking when we write and tell our clients that employee events are important. I know from experience how these events have made an impact on people’s lives and on mine.


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