Whitecroft held their summer party on Friday the 22nd of July, work ended in the factory and the office at 2 PM and it was then that the fun started just outside the main building.
Whitecroft believe taking a break and having an opportunity to have fun while at work increases morale and employee wellbeing. Although the weather was unpredictable, the party lead employees into a laid back state ready for a relaxing weekend and it improved the attitude in the work place for when people arrived back on Monday morning, “Great opportunity for everyone to relax and socialise with their work colleagues while enjoying some live music, food, and drink. Also pleasing to see that we did not let the British weather dampen the event.” Says Robert Bates, Operations Director and member of the Whitecroft Social Club Committee.
The onsite catering staff oversaw a barbecue, supplying staff with a variety of delicious grilled goods including vegatarian alternatives which provided the staff with something to munch on as they socialised. “A great choice available for meat lovers and vegans alike, some of us even had seconds.” Says Ian WIlkie, Product Manager.
The non-ideallic weather did not put a stop to food of the frozen variety, a Whitecroft-hired ice cream van pumped out quality cones for the rest of the afternoon for anyone in need of an extra cool-down.
In addition to the victuals, entertainment was provided by acclaimed live band The Tones who played enjoyable jingles throughout the evening such as 'Happy' by Pharrell and CeeLo Green’s 'Forget You'. “I did think they were very good with a range of songs to suit everyone at the event”, says Lighting Design Engineer, Stuart Hall. The entertainment didn’t stop there as party games continued into the late evening.
Also among the enjoyments of the afternoom was a raffle where a lucky winner could enjoy a Virgin Experience Day, or a variety of vouchers to use at a Miller and Carter restaurant, Amazon, Cineworld or multiple high street stores.
A celebration like this is Whitecroft’s way of showing the employees their value, and the rest of the business world why it’s worth investing in the human side of your business, “It’s about bringing the whole team together to celebrate and be rewarded for our achievements over the past year.” Says Amanda Waller, Product and Marketing Assistant and member of the Whitecroft Social Club Committee.
Overall, despite the weather, music, fun, food, and games came together to make this a summer party to remember.
I’m Benjamin Cummings, currently completing a three-week work experience programme at Whitecroft. I’m working at the marketing department and working at the forefront of creative-driven projects such as presenting solutions for the company’s social media strategies.