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Make the San Francisco Bay Your Next Company Event Venue

by Rich Goldman

There's no better place to plan a company event that the San Francisco Bay. One of the most beautiful areas of California, the Bay is home to GAS LIGHT, a replica of an old sailing ship that houses modern conveniences. Bay Lights Charters invites you to set sail with your team as a way to improve company culture in a unique setting that creates a memorable experience for everyone. Whether it is a social or team building event, GAS LIGHT offers a smooth sailing venue, perfect for getting away from the office.

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Improve Company Culture

Research shows that the average American spends 90,000 hours at work over the course of their lifetime. Additionally, the average hours spent commuting is more than 100 every year. With numbers like these, it's important to understand the importance of company culture for developing an engaging and successful workforce.

Given that we often spend more time with our coworkers than our own family, actually liking our coworkers makes us happier and even physically healthier. Companies that support social interactions and offer team-building experiences, are further ahead when it comes to increased loyalty and employee happiness, than companies that do not encourage interaction.

Investing in improvements to your company's culture is important for several reasons, including:

  • Employee retention—Companies with a positive company culture attract and retain better talent.
  • Identity/Image—A strong company culture reflects the company's brand identity and company values, provides direction and motivates employees to set their own goals.

Once you have defined and set goals for improving the culture at your company, be consistent. For example, let's say your company hosts a team building event that employees truly enjoyed. It's important to build upon that momentum and be proactive by planning another event, perhaps a social one, right away. Remember, your employees are busy and have lives outside of work. By striking the proper balance of team building and social events, you're on your way to creating a successful company culture.

Think Outside the Box

If the idea of a corporate event has your employees rolling their eyes, then it's time to think outside the box — and into a boat! Chances are employees are less likely to relax and to engage with others within the walls of the office. Bay Lights Charters offers GAS LIGHT, a boat modeled after the famous San Francisco scow schooners of the 1800's, as a unique venue for your next corporate event.

Certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry up to 48 passengers, GAS LIGHT sails around the Bay and out underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. The boat sails almost level with the waterline, making sea sickness a rarity on the cruises. You can bring your own food or we can cater your event. There is a full bar aboard the boat.

Corporate social and team building events don't have to be boring. Go beyond the boardroom and take your team sailing on the San Francisco Bay. Experiencing the San Francisco Bay Bridge from underneath is an experience they will never forget. Take your team from "I have to go" to I want to go" when it comes to company events by thinking outside the boardroom box.

About Bay Lights Charters

GAS LIGHT is stationed in San Francisco's South Beach Harbor Marina, near AT&T Park. Charter voyages aboard GAS LIGHT last about three hours or longer. Customers can customize their voyage to include catering and transportation to and from the marina. For more information about this unique sailing venue for your next company event, contact us today. The staff of Bay Lights Charters is highly experienced in providing professional service that results in memorable moments resulting in successful company events.

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