Continued shifts in the workplace environment have caused conversations to become a little, well, intense to say the least. Organizations need to create people-centered strategies to help employees thrive and boost productivity. An alarming 46 percent of the workforce would quit or look for a new job if given the opportunity. Employee well-being in today’s climate is suffering. Stress, burnout, and low morale appear to be the culprits, with many employees saying their job negatively impacts their mental health. The good news is there is a solution at all leaders’ fingertips – employee well-being.  

Finding that sweet spot so your workforce feels valued and seen while at the office is key to creating a collaborative and connected team. Pizza parties and dress-down days aren’t going to cut it anymore. So, what can employers do to guarantee an enhanced workplace culture? Boost team building with fun employee engagement activities to create a happier workplace! This will inspire productivity in your employees and give them an added passion for what they do. Not only will your profits likely increase but you will build great relationships and strong bonds with your colleagues that will go beyond your professional relationship. 

What Employees Want in 2024: Culture Trends to Boost Engagement 

Let’s face it, we all want work-life balance…and rightly so! What does that mean for those in leadership roles? The key to creating an engaged and happy workforce is understanding how crucial time management is for all. A healthy work-life balance allows everyone to excel at work and care for their well-being outside the office. Jobs and careers play a significant part in our lives, but it’s not the only part of our lives. With many people working remotely, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to separate work from our personal lives, and why it is more crucial than ever for leaders to recognize that there is a responsibility to help your team juggle the demands of their workload and personal lives.  

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is important for mental health, both professional and personal relationships, and can also improve employee productivity and performance. It is no secret that companies promoting a strong work-life balance culture have become very attractive to talented workers these days, which also has a significant impact on employee retention. Companies that promote this type of culture also have employees with fewer health problems by encouraging people to look after themselves. Helping your team find the sweet spot between their work and personal lives will increase collaboration and engagement levels, creating an environment where employees are dedicated to the work at hand and will ultimately boost productivity and profit. Allowing your team to feel trusted and autonomous allows workers to feel more in control of their responsibilities, leading to higher levels of motivation and creativity. This creates an environment where employees can grow their skills and invest in their development creating a happier workplace for all, and essentially creating an even more talented and skilled team. 

Midday Motivation: How Daytime Activities Foster Employee Engagement 


We all know that to improve employee engagement, workplaces must allow people to feel valued and respected. When you think of a happy work environment, you think of a team that is motivated and engaged. From creative group activities to team-building events to fun-filled social outings, there are endless possibilities to choose from to cater to your unique group. Let’s explore some ideas to celebrate milestones and celebrations beyond the workplace environment while having a little fun doing it.  

  • Barbecues and Picnics: Get your team outdoors to eat delicious food and play fun games. Let them get to know each other a little better, share dishes, and celebrate hard work. 
  • Escape Rooms: Nothing brings people together like an escape room which helps build collaboration, communication, and problem-solving while having a great time. 
  • Sporting Events: Rent a box or suite at a sporting event to reward employees for their hard work and dedication. This combines the thrill of cheering on your favorite team with all the essentials you will need like food, drinks, and entertainment all in one convenient spot. Everyone can enjoy each other’s company while spending a day out together. 
  • Charter a Yacht: Chartering a yacht is an exciting and adventurous way to thank your employees for all their hard work. Stunning views, luxurious interiors, and fun-filled activities will be sure to make a lasting impression on everyone. 

No matter what you decide, your employees will appreciate the thoughtfulness you put into building connections and cultivating a positive workplace culture. Planning a daytime outing where workers can socialize and get outside the office setting can go a long way to boosting morale and loyalty – so consider making these outings part of your business’s annual goal. 

Sailing Towards Stronger Employee Connections 

Implementing employee satisfaction surveys, regular exit interviews, and strong communication regarding the reasons behind decisions will build trust and foster a positive work culture. These gestures provide transparency and can-do big things for morale by showing employees that their leaders wish to include them, appreciate them, and are invested in their well-being. Boosting employee engagement is crucial to an organization’s health and needs to be constantly measured and tended to throughout the life of the company.  



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The Power of Daytime Social Events on the Water with City Cruises 

Plan the perfect corporate outing to give your team just what they need with City Cruises. Step out of the office and onto the water. Whether you want to book a section of tables, a full deck, or a private charter, package options are available for all party sizes and budgets. Your opportunities are endless – consider an evening along the Chicago River, cruising past Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty as your backdrop, or viewing the iconic monuments of Washington, DC. Your complimentary expert event coordinators at City Cruises have years of hands-on experience in orchestrating scalable events filled with chef-prepared dining, dancing, creative cocktails, and entertainment – all with picturesque city skylines or bay views and exceptional hospitality. We look forward to assisting you in planning the perfect corporate event that is both memorable and anything but ordinary. 

Supercharge retention, engagement, and team bonding with creative activities aboard a City Cruises yacht for an unforgettable day that will leave employees wanting more. Who knows? This may become an annual event that guarantees success! Ready to get started? Fill out this form and one of our event coordinators will contact you.