Team Building After the Pandemic

Businesses are opening their doors and allowing team members to return after many months of working from home. This can be a stressful and intimidating time for many. While your employees have spent most of their time “bonding” over Zoom calls, it may be time to host in person meetings and consider creative ways to let them reconnect in the office setting.

Safety First
Some may be excited to gather again while others are reluctant to congregate in groups as “normal.” Following CDC protocols is essential and will keep everyone safe regardless of where they fall on the pendulum. Keep surfaces clean and sanitary (especially high traffic areas) and notify your employees of all sanitizing procedures. Openly encourage employees who are feeling under the weather to stay home and wait until they are cleared to return. By now many employees are well-equipped to carry on in their home office without missing a beat.

Where to go?
When you are confident that your space is clean, gather your team for some much-needed fun. Or, better yet, take them outside to reconnect! The COVID-19 transmission rate is lower outdoors, so you can carry on with less concern in the sunshine. Plus, it will give your team an energy boost and a change of scenery.

What To Do?
Now is a great time to allow your employees time to get reacquainted with old friends. Time away from their desk  to visit together statistically improves company profitability. Provide a meal and tables with seating at a safe distance and simply let them socialize.

After a meal, let your team play some games! While there will be a time for adult field day to return, for now let us modify the plan. Consider games such as Catchphrase, Pictionary, Charades, Memory, variations of Freeze Tag, or Sardines.  These options are fun, gather people together for some laughs, and can be played at a safe social distance.

How This Will Help Your Business
Team building activities strengthen communication amongst your team. People grow confidence in each other and have the opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses. This inevitably will help them work productively on projects inside the office.

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The Importance of Team Building

If you want your employees to connect and create positive bonds in the workplace, schedule a day of   fun solely for team building activities. Time away from the regular hustle and bustle can lift spirits and create positive long-term results for your business.  Here are some reasons why.

Group activities in a cheerful atmosphere allows people to work together towards a common goal while having fun. This helps to build trust and develop positive relationships amongst co-workers. When people collaborate in a low stress setting, it will help them build confidence in each other, which contributes to a successful workplace.

Team building promotes positive communication amongst co-workers, especially for those without direct contact in the office setting. When placed together in an uplifting environment, people feel comfortable building relationships that lead to friendship and comradery. Positive bonds with peers lead to happier and more productive employees. They look forward to the work week and have an overall positive outlook about their job. An optimistic attitude creates fruitful employees and in turn, a more successful business.

Reciprocity and teamwork inevitably will strengthen employee bonds. When your employees collaborate on projects in and out of the office, an element of trust is established. They learn to understand differing personality types and where each other’s strengths and weaknesses lie. Offering team building exercises in a non-threatening environment helps your employees learn how to work together and delegate tasks efficiently and appropriately. When they see and believe their team members will follow through, they are more likely to exhibit the same element of trust in the workplace.

If you need help planning a team building day for employees, check out these ideas.

Corporate Outdoor Picnic Ideas

You and your team work hard. Sometimes it is good to break up the monotony and show a little appreciation to those who keep your business thriving. If you are interested in planning an outdoor activity to thank your employees, here are some picnic ideas that will help make your day memorable.


Order and display plenty of food items and keep it simple. Pre-cut sandwiches, fruit, bags of chips and salads in pre-portioned personal containers are perfect for keeping your food line efficient. Grab-and-go options are also sanitary and keep the spread of germs to a minimum. Always end with a cool treat on hot, sunny days. Make sure you have disposable plates and utensils and set out an appropriate amount of waste baskets to keep the picnic area tidy.


Allow your employees plenty of time to take it easy. Inside the office you may have workflow expectations. At a company gathering such as this, allow time for rest and enjoyment. Corporate phone calls and emails can be tended to later.  Provide comfortable seating and large, welcoming tables that encourage people to sit in groups that create easy conversation. Be sure to provide plenty of shade and beverage stations to keep people from dehydrating or becoming overheated.

Create team building opportunities

Create time to let your employees get to know one another on a personal level. Adult field day events are always a hit. Click here are some team building activities that are great for corporate events. Whatever you do, stay positive, motivating, and have fun. Winning games is not important, but the time your employees get to engage and have fun is. Studies show that these activities increase work productivity, decrease turnover, and help your team work better together.


Team Building Ideas for your Corporate Event

If you show up to work daily and feel like something is missing, it might just be. Many get lost in a mundane routine, hidden away behind office doors, staring at a computer screen. Establishing healthy work relationships is a great way to increase confidence and productivity amongst your employees. Consider gathering your team outside of the regular workspace to reset, build rapport, and bond in a unique setting. Here are a few ideas that might just do the trick.


Sometimes you don’t need an activity to encourage your team to connect. A simple change of setting and free food can give people the opportunity to get to know one another. This is a way for organic relationships to form in a non-intimidating way.

Escape Rooms

You will be amazed to see personalities work together in a setting such as this. Some are problem solvers, some are task masters, some direct orders, and some are eager to follow. Allowing your team to strategize together while figuring out how to solve a mystery and escape from an enclosed space is a sure-fire way to get to know one another better.

Field Day

Do you remember field day from your elementary years? It was the best day of the year, right? Bring it back to life for your employees. Play tug of war, kickball, four square, and all the other favorites from your past. The more activities you include that involve teamwork, the better your chances of developing positive relationships.

Charitable Events

Gathering for a common cause is a humbling and honoring experience. Encouraging your team to participate in something that gives back to the community helps them to feel like they have accomplished something…together. Just one day of giving can create a positive mindset that is sure to infiltrate your office space.

Outdoor Company Party Ideas

Corporate party events are a great way to show your team how much you appreciate their hard work throughout the year.  These events boost morale and keep your staff motivated to feel like they are part of a caring team.  If you are thinking about planning a day of fun, here are a few ideas to help you get started.


Field Day

Every kid looks forward to field day towards the end of a long year.  So bring back the “old school” games and have a blast from the past!  Kickball, sack and relay races, apple bobbing, egg tosses, and water balloon fights never go out of style. These games encourage teamwork and help your employees get to know a different, perhaps less professional, side of one another.

Setting the productivity aside to laugh and play games helps those who carry job related stress to ease a little tension.  The goal is to return them to work feeling refreshed and ready share a few hilarious stories!


Outdoor Picnic

Outdoor picnics are an excellent way to let your employees mingle while enjoying the sunshine.  Throw some old fashioned hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill and make it casual.  Including a raffle drawing for prizes, games, or contests also help to liven up the event.  Play energetic music in the background and take a moment in the middle of the fun to announce your gratitude towards your employees.

If you decide to make your outing a family friendly event, provide a large inflatable playground to keep the little ones entertained too!


Local Sporting Events

A company outing to cheer on a local sports team can be fun and easy to plan.  Many teams provide corporate packages with group seating at a reasonable cost. The company can provide a lunch or dinner option before the big game or offer vouchers to buy food at the park.

Sporting events generate comradery and have everyone pulling together to support the team!



Volunteer events can be life changing for everyone involved.  Asking employees to collaborate and enrich the community is one of the best ways to build a strong work culture. As an added bonus, volunteering is a great way to enhance your company’s image within the community.  Volunteer opportunities are easy to find as many organizations will gladly welcome large groups who want to positively impact others in need.


Working and playing together generates a positive work environment. The happier your employees are, the harder the work and want to stick around.  Edmunds would be happy to help if your event is outdoors and you are in need of restroom trailers (not to mention, your team will be impressed!).  Contact us today at (804) 478.4688.

Corporate Outdoor Parties Everyone Will Be Talking About

Summer is just around the corner and your employees are eager to get out and celebrate. Why not build your team’s spirit by holding a party? Hosting a corporate outdoor party can not only increase morale but can also show your team how much you appreciate them.

Here are some ideas to make those corporate outdoor parties a blast!

Family Picnic

Family picnics are an awesome way for people to relax while enjoying some good food and good weather. Hosting a picnic-style event allows employees to get to know each other’s spouses and children, creating a more community-like atmosphere. Sweeten the experience by providing exciting activities such as a cornhole tournament, sand volleyball challenge, or other fun outdoor activities (and don’t forget to provide a fun gift for the winner).

Golf Outing

Golfing is one of the best outdoor activities to do in the warmer months, especially when turning it into a friendly competition! Creating a fun golf outing allows employees to show off their athletic capabilities while getting to know their coworkers, as well. Being one of the most popular corporate event theme, everyone can agree they’d prefer 9-holes to the office on a beautiful summer day!

Boat Cruise

Private boat cruises for corporate events have been growing in popularity due to their ease in planning and uniqueness. Since many boat-entertainment services ensure minimal planning on the organizer’s end, companies are able to easily plan the event without having to stress over the details. While enjoying the beautiful views and lively atmosphere, employees are able to mingle and relax in a lovely environment.

Baseball Game

Summer just wouldn’t be complete without attending a baseball game! Employees are able to unwind and have fun by cheering on their local (or national) team, eating hot dogs, and overall enjoying America’s favorite past-time. Whether it’s major or minor league, baseball games are said to be one of the most popular corporate outing events.

With summer on its way, you can get your employees excited with an amazing outdoor corporate party everyone will be talking about for years to come. Don’t miss out on showing your employees how valued and appreciated they are!

The Benefits of Portable Luxury Restrooms

At Edmunds Waste Removal, we take pride in offering the most upscale products to ensure complete customer satisfaction.  When a facility is unable to provide public restrooms for your celebration or event, having a portable luxury restroom will not only ensure that your guests are comfortable, but will also compliment the theme of the event.

Equipped with high-end and welcoming finishes, our portable luxury restrooms, decorated by professionals, will complete your vision of having all amenities in a cohesive, aesthetically pleasing package.  Here are some of the benefits of having a portable luxury restroom at your wedding, private or corporate function:

  • Professionally decorated and private toilet stalls
  • Air conditioning
  • Stereo systems
  • Porcelain toilet seats and a variety of sink basin styles
  • Tasteful artwork and accessories are equipped within each restroom


At Edmunds Waste Removal, we offer six luxurious restroom options that will blend beautifully with any style of event being planned.   We will work to fit your vision, stay within budget and provide the best quality restrooms that will leave your guests truly impressed!  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or would like to reserve your portable luxury restroom today!

Corporate Outdoor Events—How to Throw a Great Corporate Party

If you want to host a great outdoor party as a corporate event, here’s how to make your celebration a night (or day!) to remember:

● Decide on Your Objective
Knowing what the purpose of the event will help you determine how the evening will progress. Are you saying “thank you” to employees? Maybe you need some fun awards. Targeting new customers? Impress them with your decor. Expanding your target demographic or catering to your niche market? Answering these questions can give your event shape and direction.

● Consider the Season
Should it be cool or warm? Consider an outdoor tent in case of inclement weather. If you expect the weather to be warm, make sure there’s plenty of water and outdoor fans for your guests to keep them cool. If there’s a chance of cooler weather, be sure to rent some outdoor heaters to keep everyone comfortable.

● Focus on the Details
Does your event have a theme? If so, keep your decorations centered on that. For a Fourth of July themed event, for example you could have red, white and blue balloons, tablecloths, and other accessories. A BBQ or cookout would fit that theme, and you could try one of those unique flag cakes.
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● Outdoor Restrooms
Consider the venue of your outdoor event. Will the location have adequate bathrooms, if any? Consider renting a chic restroom trailer to ensure that guests can enjoy your party in comfort.

● Get Your Networking On
If you’re hosting an event that isn’t invitation only, have something on-hand to easily grab attendee’s contact information. A check-in at the door, a contest that requires registration (name, email), or a fish bowl to collect business cards all work well. After the event, you can easily follow up with your guests.

● Throw in Some Party Favors
Party favors or goody bags are a great way to show your appreciation for event attendees with something small that says, “Thanks for joining us!”

What cool ideas have you used to make your corporate function a huge success?