4 ideas to make this summer’s office party a roaring success

Office parties have always had something of a reputation – we certainly don’t need to go into the in’s and out’s of why.

Some companies limit them to Christmas, but if you’re one of the lucky few who are able to party during the summer months then it’s fair to say that there are a wealth of different events that can make it a roaring success.

We’re not talking about all-day drinking sessions in the beer garden (although this might sound appealing to some offices) but rather some creative ideas that can really appeal to everyone from Barbara on accounts, to Tim in marketing.

Let’s now take a look at some of the best events for your summer office party that can really make a mark.

Crystal Maze

If you have a particularly young office, this first suggestion might not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, even if not everyone was old enough to remember Crystal Maze, there’s no doubt that the concept is still modern and will be enjoyed by most.

In simple terms, it’s a team-building event. The Crystal Maze element throws a much more advanced element to it though, with each different zone testing participants’ skills.

The best part of all? The winning team get to collect the famous gold tickets swirling around in the crystal dome.

It’s A Knockout

Let’s stay on the topic of television shows, by this time switching to It’s A Knockout. Again, this is something that might not be overly familiar to the entire office, particularly as the peak of It’s A Knockout occurred in the 80s. For anyone unaware – this was a BBC classic, and involved a whole range of activities that made use of the likes of inflatables, water and various costumes.

In other words, it’s something that’s going to prompt barrels of laughter. Combine it with drinks and a BBQ so you can reminisce about the day’s hilarities.

Boat racing

This time, we’re swaying away from the television theme. Most events companies who offer boat racing tend to do so in the Dragon Boat form – which just adds even more spice to the equation. For anyone unaware, Dragon Boat Racing includes a helmsman for steering and a drummer, who provides plenty of rhythm to really get the team in the mood.

One of the best parts of this idea is that it really can cater for offices of any size. Whether you have an office of hundreds of people, or just a few, you can either have the entire water to yourself or race against others.

Raft building

Following on from boat racing, let’s now move onto raft building. Little else needs to be explained here – your office will be split into teams who are given the task of building a raft. Particularly with the sun beating down through these months, a lot of offices find that this is one of the best ways to link together.

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Health Problems That Occur From Office Work

You may never have thought that working in an office could pose a risk to your health. After all, you’re sitting down for the most part in front of your computer, not working on the shop floor where you could injure yourself with heavy lifting, for example.

However, office work does have its health hazards, and it’s as well to be aware of what these are and what to do to try to head them off at the pass.

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Look after your eyes

Perhaps you don’t think that staring at a screen for hours will give you any problems, but the longer you are at your computer, the more chance there is of you developing eye problems that could lead to more serious effects.

The most common form of eye problem through excessive computer work is dry eye. If you think of how you read a book, with your eyes down, compare that to how you look at your screen. The likelihood is that you’ll look straight ahead, and that exposes a lot of surface area on your eyes. This significantly contributes to the eyes rapidly drying.

You may also experience eye strain, called asthenopia. This is caused by you staring for a long time at the screen, using minute muscles in the eyes focusing on an object that’s extremely close. If you don’t take breaks, your eyes will get tired and painful.

These two problems can lead on to you experiencing nausea and headaches, making you less productive and possibly to you needing time off. If these problems do happen to your eyes, you should aim to get professional treatment from an eye specialist as soon as you can.

The name given to these problems is Computer Vision Syndrome, so it’s well known enough for a specialist to know what you’re talking about when contacted.

What can help prevent this?

Regular breaks away from the screen can make a major difference as to whether or not you develop dry eye or other visual problems, so you need to be disciplined and ensure that your office manager understands why.

Get up and move about every so often. Sedentary working can lead to high blood pressure and increase the possibility of obesity – both of these are very bad for the eyes.

If you work near a heating or cooling system, a larger amount of air will pass across your eyes and dry them out more quickly. If you have the option, move your desk.

Good office lighting, designed to be less bright than lighting that was originally designed for people working with paper documents rather than on screen, can help reduce screen glare and consequently be more beneficial to the eyes.

Check the position of your screen. Too close and you’ll raise the chance of you getting asthenopia. Move it back and don’t put it too high up. If you do, you’re asking for neck and back strain problems.

If you use common sense when you’re doing screen work, you can avoid the worst problems, but take advice on treatment if something does go wrong.

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