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7 Ideas for a Fabulous Friday Afternoon

7 Ideas for a Fabulous Friday Afternoon

friday quote 2Friday afternoons can be fabulous for your people and good for productivity too.

Take Friday afternoon off and include your employees. You likely cannot take every Friday afternoon off, but a Friday here and there is a good way for leaders to take a break and make time for their people.

Have fun and avoid skydiving.

Teamwork and cooperation is the result of getting to know each other and having some fun as a group. Be sure the activity will reasonably accommodate everyone, i.e., avoid duck hunting, running a marathon, rock climbing, etc. Not everyone is into that.

7 ideas for a Fabulous Friday afternoon:


Bowling and pizza


Professional baseball game at your local ballpark


Lunch and a tour of a local museum


Picnic and outdoor games at a local park


High tech treasure hunt using GPS units followed by a meal and awards ceremony


Barbecue lunch with plenty of napkins


Lunch and a movie that will appeal to most everyone (comedy is good)

Did you notice what is NOT included? fabulous friday

The following should be banned; meetings about work, reports about work, PowerPoint presentations about work, or anything else about work.  Your people may naturally talk about work, but the leader should NEVER, and I mean NEVER, make this a part of the agenda.  The number one agenda item is to spend time together as a team performing a non-work activity.

A word of caution.

In the event the leader is a complete jerk, difficult to work with and considered a certified bosshole, Friday afternoon team building ideas will be a waste of time.  He will either need to be coached and reformed or a bossectomy will need to be performed. Be hopeful company leadership will choose a better leader next time.

Do you have other ideas for team activities on Friday? Please add your ideas to the comments section.


Kevin Kennemer is founder of The People Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin is driven by his passion for company owners and their need to earn a profit, employees' desire for a positive and fulfilling work experience, and the community that benefits when both groups do well.


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