Team-building exercises. Trust falls. The corporate away day is something many look forward to and many dread, whether it’s held every month or just once a year. This time away from the office, which can actually stretch from one day to several, is an exercise firms use to bring their employees closer together and improve overall moral. Some employees see it as a free day off from work, while others view it as a friendly competition among peers. In many cases, it’s both, but with a definite reason behind it. Employers don’t just want you to enjoy a relaxing day away from stuffy cubicles and office spaces. They want you to learn something and to feel more connected with both the organisation you work for and the people you work with at the end of the day.
Making the most of an away day is important. It will help you get a better understanding of how your fellow colleagues think and work. It will help you better understand what the values of your company are as well. Employers know that, in the end, this results in improved engagement, commitment, effort and passion in the workplace.
So, what do you need to know before your next away day?
While you may wear a power suit in the office, men’s suits are typically not the type of attire to wear to an away day. The actual dress code will often depend on the type of away day and the events that will take place. Some are held out in the wilderness, where you’ll be asked to build rafts at the edge of a rive or climb trees. Others are held in strategically-planned urban settings with various activities.
Your best bet is to arrive in a smart-casual ensemble that toes the line between work-ready and fun. Consider a Prince of Wales check double cuff tailored fit shirt in red and port tailored leg cords for a down-to-earth, but stylish look. Pair them with accessories like a brown plaited leather belt and suede boots that can not only look great, but will keep your feet dry and warm in the event of an outdoor activity.
Be prepared for anything by dressing in layers that can easily come on or off, depending on where the event is held. A lambswool crew neck sweater will help keep you warm against the chill of an autumn night while you sit around a campfire with your colleagues. A men’s tweed jacket or quilted coat adds an extra layer of protection for outdoor events.
No matter what you decide to wear, it’s important to be comfortable and dress in a way that will suit almost any occasion. You may be outdoors doing group exercises, but you might also be sitting in a meeting room discussing the business goals of the company and your role in them. A smart, but casual, look addresses most needs.
There are plenty of articles out there instructing employers on how they can make their next away day eventful. However, there’s little information available to prepare employees for their role in the day. Here are a few tips that will help you enjoy the day and come away with some new insights and information.
Want to make the most of your next away day? Dress appropriate in layers with a tweed jacket, stylish cords and rugged suede boots. Participate as much as possible and let yourself have a little fun.