Corporate Easter Egg Hunt

by kimkavonic on February 26, 2013

One of the great things about holidays is that they create endless opportunities for team-building events at the office.  An Easter egg hunt generates a huge response from staff because they all feel equal and there is the scintillating reward of CHOCOLATE at the end.  Instead of just handing out eggs this Easter or organising a humdrum hunt where a few staff get all the eggs, turn your event into a get-to-know-your-colleagues fest.  Before you start yawning and aiming your mouse at a delicious picture of some Easter cookies, hear me out.  Too often we arrive at work, do our job and then go home, with very little more communication than a greeting (except for the few colleagues we are friendly with).  These events help break down barriers, get staff to cooperate more effectively and create a  better understanding amongst employees, which improves productivity and reduces errors due to lack of communication.

Look at the sample invitation inset below.  Here’s how the Corporate Easter Egg Hunt goes (and this works just as well in an open plan office as a traditional office setting):

  1. Invitations are sent out
  2. Responses collected
  3. A check list is done to see that all staff submitted their cluesEaster egg hunt invitation
  4. One person types up the clues and gives each clue a code that corresponds to an employee, with one person – one page
  5. Assign a moderator to oversee the event
  6. Make a list for the moderator with the employee code next to their name
  7. All clues are put into a box
  8. A senior staff member starts the ball rolling by drawing a clue
  9. He/She must identify the staff member by the clue.  If the wrong staff member is approached, that staff member is welcome to assist in identifying the correct person.
  10. Once the correct person is located, the hunter will find an Easter egg or cupcake or gift on that person’s desk.
  11. It is then that person’s turn to draw a clue and hunt.

Make sure you assign a moderator to help check the clues for appropriateness, locate the mystery staff member who just cannot be identified; ensure all parts of this hunt are fair.

This can go quickly if all staff are actively involved at the same time, or it can be stretched out for the better part of a day if people hunt on their own.  Either way, staff learn a lot about each other, and they get a yummy treat to nibble on in the traffic going home.  Hmmm!

To receive this invitation template in MS Word form, send me an email and I will pass it on to you with my compliments.

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Motivate Your Staff

In tough economic times, it is often staff welfare programs that get cut in cost-saving drives.  However, to feel appreciated and valued will always be a driving force in staff motivation.  There are inexpensive ways to reward staff to maintain employee loyalty, retention and productivity.  To pick the best ideas, I trawled the internet and added a few of my own.  Here is my top 10 list:

    1. It’s time to be flexible offering flexible working hours is a great way to show your staff that their time is valuable.  Giving them the opportunity to beat the traffic and shorten their commute has such a positive effect on staff morale.
    2. Performance rewards rewarding effort as well as success shows your employees they are noticed.  Giving a small reward; such as a gift jar of jelly beans with a personalised message, for their suggestion, even though it may not be viable, motivates employees to keep coming up with new ideas and it keeps the company growth and development alive. 
    3. Well days awarding staff with a set number of free days to use when they want, is a fantastic perk that employees will really value. This can help to reduce absenteeism while simultaneously boosting morale. 

  1. Just for you thoughtful and personalised incentives mean a lot to people.  Low-value gifts like personalised cup-cakes or a unique piece of costume jewellery go a long way to showing an employee you acknowledge their uniqueness and appreciate their individuality.
  2. You can ring the bell recognise when an employee has done a good job, and make some noise.  Sharing this achievement with the whole company makes the staff member feel important and validated. 
  3. Tea for two or three or four gathering a team together for a high tea with the boss can be a great way of appreciating efforts at a relatively low-cost. When costs are being watched and monitored, a small gesture like this can go a long way.  You could even have logo cupcakes made to make the team feel really recognised for their achievements.
  4. Competitive Edge hold a competition for the most innovative new idea, or the most effective (practical) cost-cutting measure, or the greatest net profit percentage achievement.  Reward the winner with anything from a dinner for two at an upmarket restaurant to a day-spa treatment.
  5. You’re valued giving a staff member a similar gift that you may give a corporate client, such as a gift hamper, shows them they are as valuable as your clients.
  6. Fame at last! start a recognition page on your website.  Get a flattering picture taken of the staff member being acknowledged and upload it onto your website.  Give them their moments of glory.
  7. Happy Birthday to you acknowledge each employee’s special day with a small gift.  These can be bought in bulk to cut costs.  Great presents like jelly cameras, goodie bags filled with chocolates and sweets or bottles of luxury bubble-bath will keep in your storeroom and still surprise your staff.

 
I would love to get feedback from you on which of these suggestions you tried, and what the result was.  Please e-mail me on info@partypacksandpinatas.co.za. 

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Maggie February 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm

These are amazing. I can’t wait to try them out. Thanks. :)

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LizS February 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I am going to show this article to my boss. You have some great staff incentives. I hope he gets the hint.

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JMc February 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I am motivated, myself. I can’t wait to place my first order with you and see my staff’s reactions. Great stuff!

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Michi February 27, 2013 at 10:57 am

Absolutely beautiful cupcakes. Will definately recommend that our company orders from you for their next event.

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Shiri February 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

Some excellent ideas Kim. Looking forward to more exciting things on your blog.

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Sharon February 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Thank you so much Kim, everyone absolutely loved your gift packs, we will definitely be ordering from you again.

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LM February 28, 2013 at 1:01 am

Great stuff. Have a children’s party coming up soon and would love you to make a few things.

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