Why have many organizations let the company picnic become a dying art? In this day and age is it now seen as corny? Possibly, but I can tell you that a few weeks ago, at the annual picnic we call, Beryl Family Day, it was pretty awesome to see seven hundred of us running around intermingling with one another and having a blast!
Here at Beryl, the annual picnic is just as strong as ever. In this day and age of insane multi-tasking and the dependence on technology for communication, it is nice to have dedicated time where we slow down and enjoy old fashioned fun with our families and co-workers.
Beryl’s Family Day festivities begin a month before the event with the kid’s art contest. The event is announced and the “Beryl Kids” start submitting their drawings based on the theme. The drawings are posted down the long, main hallway at Beryl and we vote on our favorite. The winning drawing becomes the art on the t-shirt for the event. The kids love participating and the employees love the shirts!
The Ranch at Lonesome Dove in Grapevine, Texas, was the perfect location to enjoy water balloon tossing contests, noodle races, softball, bounce houses, rock climbing, pony rides and more.
While the kids had their faces painted or participated in ranch Olympics, adults enjoyed BBQ and lemonade under the trees. For a little while we forgot about projects, deadlines and initiatives and just relaxed. The day wrapped up with a hugely competitive, big game of bingo. It was a day of completely unplugged entertainment. Sure some may see that as old school, but for us, the camaraderie built during events like these is invaluable to our organization. The spirit of family carries back into the work place where respect for one another is evident. Plus there is just something pretty cool about watching the CEO in his Family Day shirt, throwing the Frisbee with the kids. As a matter of fact, Our CEO, Paul Spiegelman, recently wrote a blog for Inc. Magazine about this very subject. You can read it here.
Editors Note: For the past 12 years Lara Morrow has been The Queen of Fun & Laughter at The Beryl Companies, a title accidentally appointed due to her wacky personality. She spearheads their internal communication, recognition, employee relations, leadership training and culture strategy. Her efforts have led to Beryl being recognized nine different times as a best place to work including being voted the #2 Best Medium Sized Company to work for in America. She is a co-author of Smile Guide, Employee Perspectives on Culture, Loyalty and Profit. After hours, Lara “releases steam” through her passion for cooking, blogging and reviewing local restaurants.