Yes, it’s September, but summer isn’t quite gone yet! The sun is still shining, the days are still long, and there’s still plenty to celebrate. For those of you who aren’t quite ready to let go of those summer nights, ermh, days, here are a few fun ways to take advantage of the last days of summer while at work.
1. Host a Summer Company BBQ
Stock up on hot dogs and hamburgers: nothing says summer quite like a company barbecue. Whether during the work lunch hour, during an afternoon off, or at a family event over the weekend, a company barbecue is an excellent way to foster rich connections at work — all while munching down, playing lawn games, and talking casually about matters outside of work.
Has your company just hosted a barbecue for Labor Day? No worries. Change this to a team picnic instead — picnics are much simpler, anyway! Have each member of your team make or pick up a dish or side for lunch and then head to the park for munchies and bonding.
2. Hold a Walking Meeting
Why meet indoors in a stuffy conference room when instead you could stroll the company grounds or those of the surrounding neighborhoods, taking in the sights and breathing in all of that fresh air? A walking meeting is a great way to sneak in a little exercise during the work day. You’ll get blood pumping to your brain, meaning you’ll have more great ideas than ever before. You’ll also move your muscles around in new ways, therefore helping to reduce the likelihood of developing a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). These are all benefits you can take advantage of all year round, but there’s only so much longer you’ll be able to host your walking meetings outside — so get talking and get walking!
3. Host an Outdoor Article or Book Club
There are lots of good ways to spend your lunch hour, but it doesn’t all have to revolve around food. An article or book club can be an excellent way to bond your team together, brainstorm new ideas, and simply satisfying yourselves with intellectual talk. For an article club, each week, have a new team member pick out a stimulating article to read, whether for a theme, for something related to work, or something outside of work that you’ll just use to keep those juices flowing. That person will lead discussion that week and everyone else will pipe in.
Alternatively, for a book club, have your assigned leader choose a new book every month and follow the same format. Head outside, lounge beneath the trees, and get talking!
4. Bike to Work
With a busy 9 to 6 schedule and a packed home life, it can be difficult to find the time to exercise. Biking to work is an excellent way to remedy that, as you’ll sneak all of your exercise in before and after the work hours when you’d otherwise just be in your car. And of course, the last days of summer are the best time to do it, as the weather will still be warm but hopefully not as prohibitively hot as it was in the middle of the summer. If you need a little more motivation, recruit a colleague who lives nearby to ride with you as your commuting buddy. You’ll chat, ride, and soak up those last rays.
5. Reevaluate Your Office Setup
As long as you’re already getting fit on the way to your office, why not get fit inside the office too? Swapping your outdated, painful desktop equipment for ergonomic equipment like an ergonomic split keyboard and mouse is a great way to up your comfort at work — and why not do so as a way to cap off the summer? You’ll work far more effectively when you’re not typing and mousing through pain, and you’ll also have far more energy and enthusiasm left to devote to the task at hand. What’s more, you’re sure to have more left in you to finish out this summer in high style!
Summer is almost over — but we can pretend otherwise! How are you making the most of these final summer days? Let us know in the blog comments.