I’ve written about perks in relation to work before, but I may have a new perk that could top half-day Fridays. Now, I’m not taking leaving at 1pm every Friday of the year for granted, but sometimes you have to look at which perk is truly more special.
Last month, I went on a company sponsored ski trip. We left at 9:30am, skied for about 6 hours, and returned at 7:30pm. It was a pretty fantastic way to spend a day, and getting out of the office is always great. Plus it was a workout!
The reasoning behind the trip was to build a team atmosphere and I will say that it worked. I was able to talk to people about non-work related topics, and being in a more relaxed environment helps build trust. Just sitting on a ski lift for a few minutes helps you get to know someone better than 6 months in an office. I thought it would be 100% fun and a silly business expense, but after the trip, I must say that the benefits will likely transfer over to the workplace.
This month’s trip beat last month’s. We went to a steakhouse, had a fantastic lunch, and then went to a shooting range. Yes, a shooting range. You can’t get farther away from a typical work environment that that. And you get to know the people not just in your office, but in other departments, and it helps work with them later because there’s a relationship already and it’s no longer just a business conversation with a stranger.
Skiing was great and shooting a gun was an entirely different experience, but is a once a month trip better than half-day Fridays for a whole year? Maybe. I love half day Fridays. But these trips have been a breath of fresh air. Plus, who knows where we’re going next month?
Readers, which perk do you think is better? Half day Fridays or company sponsored trips?