Twenty Creative Employee Outings

Show your employees that you appreciate them by sponsoring an outing either during or after work. These outings don’t have to break your budget, but, as many employers have discovered throughout the years, they can be extremely useful for building camaraderie and improving morale.

We’ve assembled a list of 20 creative ideas for employee outings. Feel free to add onto this list by asking your employees for suggestions and considering even the most outrageous ideas.

Team contests

It doesn’t matter what the contest is as long as you follow one rule – everyone participates. These contests should be activities that everyone in your company can enjoy, regardless of athletic skill level.

  • Wii tournament
  • Karaoke contest
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Recess games
  • Laser tag

Community Service Projects

Community service activities not only draw your employees together, they also allow your company to give back to your community.

  • Sponsor a work team in a charity walk or race
  • Plant trees or clean up a neighborhood
  • Split the company into two teams and see who can raise the most money for a charity
  • Let employees choose the service project, then use a Friday to complete the project as a company


Sports have the ability to draw people together in ways that few other activities can. Consider sports activities that may interest even those who don’t necessarily like athletics.

  • Sponsor a company sports team
  • Sponsor a company “fitness club”
  • Leave work early to attend a daytime baseball game
  • Volleyball, softball or basketball tournament
  • Miniature golf
  • Bowling

Get Togethers

If you’re looking for a more laid back activity, consider an informal get together. Through these gatherings, your employees can meet each other’s families.

  • Movie night
  • Family picnic
  • Informal happy hour
  • Tailgate in the parking lot
  • Holiday themed party

You can choose to show your employees how much benefits like employee outings, company cell phone usage and suburban office free parking are worth through a total compensation statements.

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