Summer can be a challenging time for a business. Why? Because summer is the time for vacations. And if you’re not taking a vacation, it can still be distracting because it’s typically the time for beautiful weather where you find yourself looking out the window thinking about how nice it would be to take a vacation. So what can be done to give employees a break, reward them for their efforts, and yet create a bond where being around their co-workers day after day becomes even more enjoyable? Here’s what Olive Tree did this summer:

On a sunny, hot Saturday in July, Olive Tree employees and family began our summer event at a nearby pizza establishment: Shakey’s. We had our own reserved seating area. The food and service were great. Added to the fun were door prizes for all the kids and most of the staff.

Olive Tree at Shakeys

From there we made a short jaunt down the road to Wonderland Family Fun Center for what else but more fun! It began with an 18-hole round of miniature golf. Teams were assigned in such a way to give staff and their guests an opportunity to meet some new people, or at least people they did not always work with directly. Prizes were given out to the team with the best average score, and to the individual on each of the other teams with the best score. After that, people were free to take advantage of the many other available activities. Go-karts and bumper boats seemed to be the favorites.

Olive Tree Mini Golf

The turn-out was great; a fun time had by all, and it gave everyone additional topics of conversation back at work, making for an even more pleasurable work environment. Now, on to figuring out what to do for a bonding winter event!

Go Karts
Soaked After Bumper Boats

–Written by Judy M.