Toronto’s Circusbus Party Bus owner weighs in on what makes a staff event stand out
They’re the boots on the ground. The brains of your operation. The lifeblood of your organization. Your staff is quintessential to your success, so when it comes to rewarding them outside of the office, it pays to go the distance.
“Staff social functions are a prime opportunity to build loyalty and communicate how much they’re appreciated by their employers,” insists Michael Watson, Owner of Toronto’s Circusbus Party Bus. “Employers who take that opportunity to really show their appreciation, and get that social event right, are the ones who go on to build loyalty and retention.”
Watson is in the business helping clients “getting it right” for their big event – be it a staff party, exclusive function, or office event. With help from the GTA-based Circusbus Party Bus, he works with employers across all industries to design unique and memorable experiences for groups of all sizes and preferences.
The key, he says, is focusing on shared experiences and keeping teams together as much as possible no matter where the day (or night) takes them.
“When you bring people together in a different environment to engage in fun activities that are motivational and encouraging, people naturally begin to connect as they see each other in a different light outside their typical norm,” says Watson, noting, “Team bonding activities create memories and opportunities for genuine friendships to flourish, they also improve the workplace environment along with individual and collective input, output and progress which is vital to the team or company.”
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For their part, Watson and his team at Circusbus Party Bus help clients plan staff activities using the “Team Bus” as a safe and entertaining mobile headquarters for all participants.
Among the many perks his clients have experienced include:
- Team building activities: Through a number of package options, the Circusbus Party Bus team helps clients by planning their entire event and securing preferred pricing on team-building activities throughout the GTA. This enables employers to book rides with the Party Bus to Circusbus affiliates like the Battle Sports! archery and Nerf facility, AXIS Freestyle indoor ski and snowboard training centre, Barrie Paintball, Formula Kartways go-karting track, BATL Grounds axe throwing facility in Pickering, SGT Splatters paintball grounds in Toronto, among many others. (View the full list of Party Bus Team Building Activities in Toronto)
- Mobile Escape Rooms: Offering groups from 10 to 100 a unique opportunity to board the bus at a location of their choice and challenges themselves to escape one of three escape room scenarios (Mobster Jail Break, Killer Clown Attack, or Space Warped). “Not only does this save time and money booking transportation to traditional escape rooms, but the mobile escape room experience is something that’s guaranteed to be a fun and one-of-a-kind team activity,” says Watson.
- Reward and Recognition Opportunities: The Circusbus Party Bus has earned a top reputation among its clients for providing a safe, fun, and out-of-the-ordinary way to reward teams of all sizes. Feedback has indicated that not only do staff appreciate having fun and personal experiences like this, but employers benefit through increased productivity and a more loyal employee base.
Entertainment may be the first goal, but the most important mission is to keep staff safe. Herein, says Watson: “Making sure your staff or group has transportation options lower your risk as an employer and adds greater peace of mind. And being in the business for over ten years, I can say with confidence that your staff is in good hands.”