Team activities for the workplace!

Team meeting in the office
Call us biased, but when it comes to team building activities, we think that they’re most effective (not to mention most fun) when they take place in the great outdoors.

Why? Well, the outdoors is stimulating and enriching – much more so than the confines of any indoor space. It’s like an endless playground where your tribe can kick back and enjoy some quality time together; leaving the constant whirr of tech behind in order to reconnect with the beautiful, natural world that surrounds us.

(Forgive us for getting all poetical on you, we’re just keen, outdoorsy types!)

Anyway, we welcome company tribes from Monday to Friday here in the forest. Companies visit us to escape the office for a day in the treetops, where they can let their hair down and unleash their inner Tarzans! It’s true: there really is no better place to bond than in the canopy!

Ideas for your office

Of course, there’s no harm in planning some in-office team activities to complement your outdoor efforts! These following activities could be good if you’re short on time, or if you’re in need of a mid-week pick-me-up for your tribe:

Table tennis tournament

Yes, you’ll need a table tennis table for this one. Or, you could always get creative with the tables in the boardroom! Encourage some healthy competition among your tribe by hosting a ping pong tournament with knockout stages and of course, a prize for the winner. Talking from experience, you will work up a sweat, so you might all need to bring your gym gear!

Office Olympics

Turn the office into a stadium for tribe Olympics! Sub a boat for office chairs in the rowing race (if you’ve got the space); print off targets and use elastic bands for arrows; screw up paper and shot-put them into the bin; and launch your paper aeroplane javelins to see who can fly the furthest distance! And don’t forget those medals!

Scavenger hunt

Split your tribe into teams and organise a scavenger hunt, with riddles for clues. Here are a couple of examples we spotted on the web:

1.

It goes before ‘food’
For things we routinely eat
In an office it has two bent legs
But never any feet

(Answer: Stapler)

2.

This item has handles
But isn’t a car
It has pointy ends
But isn’t a star

(Answer: Scissors)

Think of around 10 clues for your tribe – lock up the stationery cupboard and make sure every person hunts for at least one item! Oh, and don’t forget to tell your tribe to replace any supplies they steal from their colleagues’ desks!

Friday feast

Sociable and tasty, food has a way of bringing people together. So, this Friday, dine in style with your tribe. Organise a picnic if it’s nice weather, or a hearty BBQ if you can access the necessary gear. Or, see if your tribe would be up for each bringing in a homemade dish for a lunchtime buffet!

Break free from meeting rooms

business man sitting in the park

Picture a typical office meeting. A group of employees gathered around a table in a stuffy room, listening to their boss talk business while simultaneously suppressing yawns. As soon as the coffee cups are empty their minds begin to wander, as they jot down notes they know won’t make any sense when they come to read them later on.

 

OK, so not all meetings are this bad. But generally, they have a reputation for being ineffective, wasting both business and employee time while draining productivity. So, here’s a solution for you: the next time you need to gather your tribe, swap the confines of the boardroom for the great outdoors!

 

A meeting with nature

 

At Go Ape, we hold all of our meetings outdoors. We sometimes have business chats up in the canopy, whilst swinging from tree to tree. It makes talking about the boring stuff not-so-boring – meaning we’re more likely to stay engaged and remember what was discussed.

 

Hosting a meeting in the great outdoors can…

 

Get the creative juices flowing: Nothing inspires more than Mother Nature. And sometimes, thinking outside of the box requires you to leave the box that is your office. New surroundings = new ideas!

 

Energise your tribe: Enjoying lungfuls of fresh air can improve your mood, combat stress, fight fatigue and increase productivity. All this makes for more effective meetings, ensuring your tribe are switched on and not zoned out.

 

Relax your tribe: The conference room is a tense environment, there’s no doubt about it. In the great outdoors, your tribe are bound to feel more chilled out and comfortable. And this might make them more confident and willing to speak up, share ideas and be part of the discussion.

 

Come hang with us

 

Need to plan a meeting? Why not take a leaf out of our book and host it at Go Ape!? Visit one of our courses and you can talk serious stuff in the beautiful surrounds of the forest, before or after heading skyward to take on one of our award-winning Tree Top Adventures. Whoever said that you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure was wrong!

 

If you think you’ll need equipment – for instance, if you’ve prepared a PowerPoint presentation – then you’re better off using a conference facility, which we can organise for an additional fee. The facility will be a short drive from the course; and not only will we provide the tools, but we can arrange refreshments for you and you tribe to tuck into, too.

 

If you want to keep things more casual, you could always host the gathering in our Forest Shelter, which your company will have exclusive use of. The Shelter comes equipped with games – though it may be worth moving them out of sight so they don’t distract during the discussion!

 

Meetings don’t have to be dull – liven things up by holding your next tribe gathering in the heart of the forest!

 

If you want to find out more about our mid-week corporate adventures, you can request a quote from one of our friendly team members. See you in the treetops!

12 tips to make your office a greener space

laptop in green grass

Kermit the Frog once sang that “It’s not easy being green.” Well, we’re sorry Kermit, but we simply don’t agree with you.

Green offices are a big deal these days. We don’t mean literally green, like Go Ape’s leafy hideout. We’re talking about offices that are designed and operated in a way that reduces a company’s ecological footprint as much as possible. It’s the steps we take to make sure that we’re as kind to the environment as we can be, so to speak.

The shift to greener spaces is all to do with CSR, aka, corporate social responsibility. It’s becoming increasingly important for companies to implement initiatives that assess and take responsibility for its impact on environmental and social well-being. And here’s the thing: companies with great CSR enjoy heaps of benefits, beside a cleaner conscience. Employees are happier working for a company that cares, and people are more likely to use opt for a company that cares compared to one that’s lacking in its CSR. So, if you feel like your office could be a little greener (not literally), here are 12 tips to help you on your way:

1. Distribute documents digitally rather than printing them off.

2. Opt for natural light over artificial light

Decorating the office with light colours will help to brighten the space naturally.

3. Buy environmentally-friendly, recycled paper.

4. Use energy-saving bulbs

And don’t forget to switch off lights when not in use, especially when you all head home for the night. You might choose to install motion light sensors, so no one needs to remember to turn them off!

5. Ditch the paper cups

Opt for reusable ones that your Tribe can use time and time again.

6. Make sure you have recycling bins for your and your Tribe’s waste.

Separate out the recycling products by having different coloured bins for plastics, glass, paper and general waste.

7. Swap paper towels for cloth towels in the kitchen

You can also opt for an energy-efficient hand dryer in the bathrooms too.

8. Purchase re-manufactured ink and toner cartridges for your printer.

9. Switch off electrical devices properly

Electrical devices still use power when on standby, so make sure you enforce a ‘switch off’ policy in the office.

10. Recycle and reuse ink and toner cartridges

These cost a lot of energy and materials to manufacture, so recycling is the way forward. 

11. Promote greener travel through the cycle to work initiative.

12. Replace standalone scanners and printers.

Consider purchasing one machine capable of printing, copying and scanning.

 

There’s no better green space than the great outdoors. Take your Tribe out of the office for one day and reconnect in our leafy hangout. Our Team Days Out are available in 31 beautiful forests and parks around the UK. Are you up for the challenge? Request a quote today from a member of our hairy Tribe.

Big city bonding…the Go Ape way

Criteo corporate event at Battersea

As specialists in forest-themed adventures, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all Go Ape courses are located far out in the countryside, miles from civilisation. But in actual fact, our Tree Top Adventures have taken over a number of inner-city parks, including four in the capital!

 

Go Ape adventures in the big city

Our London courses offer Tribes an escape from the hustle and bustle, minus the hassle of having to travel out into the sticks. It’s a chance to ditch the office for the day, disconnect from tech and reconnect with the wonderful natural world around us.

Rather than weaving in and out of commuters, you’ll be weaving in and out of trees on a bunch of self-balancing, all-terrain Segways. Rather than staring at spreadsheets, you’ll be gazing out over London’s glorious skyline from the treetops. And rather than tucking into yet another substandard, overpriced sarnie, you’ll be indulging in a hearty forest feast, lovingly prepared by one of our super-skilled chefs.

 

Team building in the trees

Go Ape activities are ideal for team building. Why? Well, whether you’re cruising around the forest floor or swinging from tree to tree in a Tarzan fashion, these activities target key skills associated with great teamwork.

Helping one another to tackle tricky obstacles can boost confidence and improve camaraderie among your tribe. Rolling around together can also strengthen bonds, giving tribe members who don’t usually mingle the chance to catch up. And let’s not forget, a Go Ape adventure is mega fun (if we do say so ourselves), which is a crucial component in effective team building and is sure to raise team morale.

 

So, where to go?

Alexandra Palace

You can always swing by our brand new course, situated in one of London’s most iconic public parks: Alexandra Palace. The Tree Top Adventure course launches this summer, so watch this space!

Battersea Park

Smack bang in the heart of London, perched on the south bank of the River Thames, is Go Ape Battersea Park. It features some of our longest crossings, including the Zig Zag Bridge (needs no description) and Chantermerle’s Bridge; a swaying tightrope-style obstacle that’s harder to cross the breezier it is!

Black Park Country Park

Then we have the not-so-central Go Ape in Black Park, Buckinghamshire. If you’ve any movie buffs in your tribe, they might be interested to know that the course is adjacent to the famous Pinewood Film Studios.

Trent Park

And last but by no means least, Go Ape can also be found in Trent Park, which is conveniently situated a stone’s throw from Cockfosters station. It’s one of the highest Tree Top Adventures in the South of England and features one of the highest zip wires, too – and more air time can only be a good thing!

 

Team building that suits you

In our opinion, one-size-fits-all team building doesn’t work. That’s why, along with our forest-themed adventures, we offer heaps of extras which allow you to tailor your trip to suit your needs and budget.

Fancy a group picnic? We can sort it. Need to use conference facilities? Not a problem. Let us know your requirements and we’ll get to work creating the ultimate mid-week adventure for you and your tribe.

If you want to find out more, just request a quote and receive a callback from our hairy Tribe.

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