appreciation activities for employees

We’re a smidge past the summer solstice, so there’s no time to waste before you schedule your summer appreciation activities for employees. Now is the moment to spend some quality time with co-workers. Enjoy these beautiful summer days and break out of the daily office grind! Masiello Employment Service knows the value of showing your staff how much you appreciate their hard work. 

Employees who feel valued work harder and stay in your company longer. Team outings are a great way to boost teamwork and collaboration. These activities encourage friendship, trust and empathy among your staff. 

So what are you waiting for? Amp up the office energy and get the team spirit flowing at these 6 local recreational event centers in our tri-state region.

Work team kayaking

A Day On The River

Take your team for a paddle down the river with the Vermont Canoe Touring Center. Located between the West River and the Connecticut River above the Vernon Dam, this gentle moving river area acts more like a lake. Even if the water level is high, making the Connecticut River stronger, the West River provides a peaceful, protected area aptly named Retreat Meadows. 

Vermont Canoe Touring Center supplies canoes, double and single kayaks, paddleboards, paddles, life jackets and offers plenty of parking. Meet your team for a refreshing excursion on the water and soak in the sweet rays of summer. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!

bowling with coworkers

Rev Up Your Team With A Little Friendly Competition

If your group would prefer indoor fun, why not reserve some lanes for a company bowling tournament? A little good-humored competition can go a long way to raising company spirits. Brattleboro Bowl is a lively way to enjoy the day. 

With 20 top-quality lanes and a family-friendly environment complete with pool tables, a snack bar, lounge and a game room, there’s plenty of fun to be had at local lanes. Who knows? You just may have a league-level bowler hidden around the office!


Local Recreation That’s Scorching Hot

If you are looking for a creative approach to appreciation activities for employees, this one is red hot! Terrapin Glassblowing Studio in Jaffrey, NH offers a variety of classes to try your hand at turning liquid glass. 

Sign your staff up for learning a new craft and let their creativity run wild. For instance, they offer small-group instruction in making glass beads, poppy flowers, pendants, jewelry design or even air plant holders. Your company can melt their own glasswork and meld together learning something exciting and experimental. 

blueberry picking

Savoring Summer Flavors 

A favorite among locals of the Monadnock Region, Monadnock Berries offers a perfect appreciation activity for employees. Everyone loves a trip to a u-pick farm and this one tops the rest. Towering over Troy, NH with terrific views of Mount Monadnock, this picturesque farm will simply delight your staff.

They can stroll the rows and chat while they pick bucketfuls of mouth-watering blueberries and raspberries. Share a relaxing time at the farm together. The memories will last, but the treats will be quickly consumed!


Fly to New Heights 

Add a little wonder to the day at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens in South Deerfield, MA. Only 10 minutes south of Greenfield, MA, this 8,000-sq foot indoor conservatory is home to over 4,000 native and tropical butterflies. 

Your company can wander the one-acre garden watching for visiting, native butterflies and take a moment just to enjoy this sweet retreat. They offer guided tours, catering and gathering rooms to make your day extra special. 


Go Big or Go Home

Treat your staff to a big adventure at Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, MA. With zip-lining canopy tours, world-class white-water rafting, a downhill mountain bike park, one of the world’s longest mountain coasters, and an aerial adventure park, your outgoing crew will be ready to hit the farmhouse style lodges early. 

This stunning 500-acre mountain escape is just what your staff deserves after a wonderful year making your business grow and thrive. They can live their best summer together on the mountain. 

At Masiello, we know it’s the people who make a business great. Be sure to schedule in some quality time for appreciation activities for employees. Embrace these gorgeous summer days and treat your team to a fun, local outing at one of these awesome facilities. Looking for more great staffing solutions? We’d love to share our top staffing ideas with you! Contact us today.