Win a team day out for 10 people

Win a team day out for 10

Treat your hard-working tribe to a team day out to Go Ape worth over £400.

Go Ape are offering you a chance to win a team day out for 10 members of your tribe. Enjoy a 2-3 hour Tree Top Adventure, facing wobbly obstacles, Tarzan swings and zip wires. Go Ape is an ideal team bonding experience – increase communication, find new leaders and boost team morale while having a lot of fun!

After your adventure, re-energise your tribe with a picnic lunch under our private shelter, compliments of our forest chef.

For your chance to win, simple fill out our survey below:

 

1. The promoter is: Adventure Forest Limited Trading as Go Ape Ltd whose registered office is at Unit 1, Fornham Business Court, The Drift, Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1SL.

2. To enter the competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.

3. Employees of Go Ape or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are shown above.

6. The competition period starts 19th January 2017 – 2 February 2017.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not fully received for whatever reason.

8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in any event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be chosen: at random by software provided by random.org from all entries received and verified by the Promoter.

12. The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

14. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

15. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation.

5 Team building games that you can try at work

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Getting to know your work colleagues is one thing, but getting on well and working closely as a strong and effective team is another task entirely. How well could you say you know your colleagues or employees? And when was the last time you spent time bonding with them, rather than talking shop?

Here are 5 team building games that you can try to achieve team work, increase attention to detail, and get to know one another that little bit better.

1. Increase communication amongst the team

Encourage your colleagues to stand in a circle with their shoulders touching. Now lean into the circle and grab one person with your left hand, and a completely different person with your right hand (but don’t just grab the person next to you!) Now the challenge is to untangle everybody without breaking the circle once. This will require a lot of work and strategy to ensure nobody gets into a sticky position. Time yourselves to see if you can improve over time.

2. Fine tune your attention to detail

Just how good is your team’s attention to detail? Put it to the test with a brain game that involves everybody in the office (it’s basically spot the difference LIVE). With equal players, ask your colleagues to form two lines facing one another. Each team member then has 30 seconds to look at the person in front of them, before turning around or closing their eyes. Everyone then has 30 seconds to change 5 things about themselves, from lifting up a sleeve to removing a piece of jewellery. Task your team mate with finding these 5 things, then swap roles.

3. Get the creative thinking cap on

Arrange a scavenger hunt for your team. It can be as simple or complex as you wish (depending on how much time you have to spare). The hunt could take the team out of the office for a half day or it could just be as simple as hiding the milk for the tea round in a mysterious place. Leave notes in various places to lead your tribe to the prize. You can use difficult riddles to really get the team’s brain working hard to find where the next clue is. It is problem solving, creative thinking and team building all in one!

4. Encourage team work

Pair everyone up – looking for people who don’t usually work closely together, or need a little bit of help communicating. Tie two pieces of string around the bottom of a pen so that the pen hangs with the ballpoint facing downwards. Then tie the other ends of the strings around the waists of the team members. Ask them to stand back to back then lower the pen into a water bottle. This will require a lot of care and synchronicity to achieve the goal. Time the teams to add that extra competitive edge.

5. Get to know one another better

Offer everyone a small piece of paper and encourage them to write down 3 fun facts about themselves along with their name. Shuffle all the pieces of paper and dish them out randomly to the team. Each person takes it in turn to read out the clues, and the other team members have to guess who the facts belong to. Not only will it test your current knowledge of your team mates, but you might learn something new in the process.

 

These fun team building games are great to break the ice in the office, or to refresh your hard-working team. If you fancy a break from the office environment entirely, why not book a team day out to the forest and experience Go Ape? You can swing through the trees or glide on all-terrain segways before enjoying a forest feast with your tribe. Request a quote for your team day out here.

Make your team more efficient by skipping work!

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It doesn’t matter how good you are.  It matters how good you are as a team.  

At some companies, meetings, phone conversations and email takes up an average of 80% of employees’ time. And businesses see the benefits of good communication. A recent study in the Harvard Business Review states “the time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50% or more” since just 1996. This is just one of the ways employers can improve performance in a fun and effective way…. to put it simply, just get them out of the office!

Team building works!

“Team building exercises.” When you hear this phrase does it make you want to cheer or groan? It may not seem for everyone at first, but there is good evidence that the concept works. A study by the Army Research Institute and the University of Central Florida published in 2009 found that teams of every size benefit immensely from devoting time to team building activities. They saw improvements in interpersonal relations, problem solving, role clarification and goal setting. Who doesn’t want to see those results in their team?

Effective team building happens on company time

Getting everyone out of the office can be extremely positive, IF it occurs during normal working hours. Here are some reasons why:
a) It’s perceived as more of a treat during work time, and an employee that feels looked after is going to look after your business
b) Team building is an investment in efficiency in the workplace. If it is in the best interest of the business, then it should occur during work hours
c) Team building activities that take up employees time outside of work are unfair to workers that have personal responsibilities at home

Good team building starts by including employees in the planning process

Forced fun is not fun. A study of ‘participation in team games’ by Mollick and Rothbard found that “games, when consented to, increase positive affect at work, but, when consent is lacking, decrease positive affect.”  Give your employees a voice in what matters to them. Ask them what they think would be a useful team building exercise (and give them the option of attending). It’s vital that employees feel they’ve a hand in the planning process and believe that their opinions are taken seriously.

Team building can be physical

According to the Healthy Workplace Program, physical challenges are among the more effective tools. “From softball or bowling teams, to walking groups and company-sponsored participation in charity walks or runs, promoting fitness activities communicates an organization’s commitment to employee health, while fostering team spirit.” Getting outside on an adventure always makes a fun and memorable team building day. This year the Go Ape tribe have walked 20 miles for charity, taken on 2 assault courses, mastered archery and attempted raft building.

Communication is key in team building

We’re all well aware by now that effective communication is the key to effective teams. But what exactly constitutes effective communication in the workplace? Well, Google’s study Project Aristotle found that “psychological safety” was the key. This provides “a sense of confidence that the team will not embarrass, reject or punish someone for speaking up.” When colleagues feel they can be honest and loosen up with one another, the creative ideas can flow and the team can reach their personal bests.

Put it all into practice 

Want to put this research in practice? Simply get out of the office during work hours for some fun and physical exercises in a safe space. We think we may have the answer! Check out Go Ape’s team building days to tick everything off your list. Request a quote here.

Find your freelance herd

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It’s tough being a freelancer, don’t you think? Before you say it, yes, we all have niggles about work, but freelancers have a whole load of different issues to contend with.

A survey by freelancer portal Freelancer Map has revealed that the most common woes include: finding clients, no sick pay and unstable income. And loneliness is on the list too, with 6.6% of respondents citing this as their biggest gripe with self-employment.

The highs and lows

Working as a freelancer can have some incredible perks: you can spend your day working on very important client briefs while wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pyjamas (cowabunga!), you can sip tea until you feel jittery (there’s no one around to stop you), and you can even spend your lunch break chilling in the tub if you like. In fact, if you can’t face the day and there’s no looming deadlines, then you could make the executive decision to have the day off. Wouldn’t make a habit of it though – it’s your livelihood after all.

But for all the glamorous (and not so glamorous) perks, freelancing can be a pretty lonely business. Once self-employed folk get over the excitement of freeing themselves from the shackles of an office job, they often discover that they actually feel pretty isolated sitting at home typing away.

Has the postman started pushing through the letters at high speed and then doing a runner because you bend his ear about the trials of filing invoices? Has the milkman started leaving the bottles down the path to avoid getting trapped in conversation with you? If this sounds familiar, then it’s time to take action.

How can freelancers combat loneliness?

Your mission should you choose to accept it is: to find other freelancers. However, locating these kindred spirits is harder than you might first think.

Keep an eye out for local events in your sector that freelancers might flock to. It could even be worth Googling to find local working freelancers’ websites (hint: designers, photographers and writers often fall into this category) and contacting them directly with the idea of a group meet-up (try not to scare them). Surf sites such as Meetup and Facebook for relevant freelance groups, or even make your own local page. Put signs up in nearby cafes that have Wi-Fi – a co-working hub could be a great place to start, too.

Meeting new people might feel a little like a job interview – or even a first date – you’ll have to put on your outdoor shoes and… dum dum dum… leave the house. But once you’ve got to know your new group of friendlies, we just know that you’ll love them.

What should you do together?

Once you’ve found your herd, then it’s time to pencil a regular meeting into the schedule. While drinks could be fun (in moderation, of course), we’d recommend that you go down the more adventurous route and visit a Go Ape centre. Do it! We know you want to.

We have 30 Go Ape sites, so no matter where in the country you are, it’s likely there will be one just a stone’s throw away. Plus, being outside has been proven to help increase productivity when you get back to your desk. So really, it’s just like doing work – only way more exciting. Some new faces and experiences might help give you that spark of genius that you need to ace your latest project, too. And if you need to get down to business, you can always book a conference space for a few hours!

So put a meeting in the diary, round up your new gang of freelancers, and Go Ape! You’re all in it together, after all. You can request a quote for a team day out at Go Ape right here.

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