Team building that doesn’t break the bank

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Our aim, here at Go Ape, is to encourage everyone to live life adventurously. The key word here being ‘everyone.’ We want people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to clamber up into the treetops and release their inner Tarzans. The Go Ape members club isn’t an exclusive one – it’s open to all! Even Sharon from accounts.

 

Company days out at Go Ape

 

Well, we want to make sure every company has the chance to come hang with us, regardless of size, turnover or number of employees. And that means offering mid-week team building trips that don’t bust the bank. It means plenty of Tarzan-inspired fun, without the giant price tag!

 

Go Ape trips are tree-mendously fun, yet affordable. And the great thing is, your team adventure will be tailor-made to suit your needs and budget. You tell us what you want and how much you have to spend, and our dedicated events team will get to work crafting the ultimate out-of-office adventure!

 

What does a team day look like?

To help you get an idea of costs, around £50* per head will get you:

 

– Around three hours of trailblazing and canopy exploring on one of our award-winning Tree Top Adventure courses, OR a trip into the depths of the enchanting forest aboard our self-balancing, all-terrain Segways.

 

– Parking at reduced rates

 

– Use of our forest shelter, where you can kick back with your tribe post-adventure

 

– Picnic lunch

 

– Group photo (smile!)

 

*Based on a group of 10 people

 

Fancy a little more?

If you can afford to spend a little more, there are some jungle add-ons you may want to consider including in your day. You can combine Forest Segways, African drumming or, depending on location, you could add activities such as bike hire, or a hearty Forest BBQ, rustled up in front of your very eyes by our super-talented chef.

 

Oh, and if you need to do some serious stuff after monkeying around, we can arrange the hire of a nearby conference facility for team meetings. It comes pre-stocked with all the equipment you need – so just bring yourselves!

 

Team building trips are all about building bonds and getting to know one another better – and in our opinion, there’s no better place to do that than in the treetops!

 

So, what are you waiting for? Give your tribe the best surprise of 2017 so far by booking a Go Ape adventure. Request a quote here. See you in the trees soon!

Look away from the clock!

Office Clock

You’ve heard of the phrase, ‘a watched pot never boils,’ right? The meaning behind this age-old proverb is that time drags endlessly if you’re waiting for something to happen – like the end of your working day.

 

You check the time, write an email, check the time, catch up with a colleague, check the time, finish a proposal, check the time, make a tea round. You get the gist. But if your eyes are firmly fixed to that clock on the wall, you’re unlikely to be working your hardest!

 

And here’s the thing: the more intensely you monitor the hours until home time, the longer it will take for those hours to pass. Remember how Christmas Eve felt like the longest night of the year, because you were eager to see what Santa brought you?! It’s the same principle.

 

Time flies when you’re having fun

Learn to love the joys of the workplace, and you’ll no longer feel compelled to clock-watch all day long. While there’s no harm in looking forward to getting home, you can’t make 5pm arrive any sooner – so accept the fact, and embrace the here and now!

 

Hard work is a pleasant distraction from passing time. Engross yourself in a task, challenge yourself, or round-up some colleagues for a brainstorming sesh for a new project. You’ll be surprised at how quickly time ticks by – “Woah, it’s 4.30pm already?!”

 

Other ways to stay distracted from that clock include…

 

– Listening to uplifting music when tackling your least-favourite tasks.

 

– Regularly stepping outside for some fresh air, which helps to revitalise your body and mind.

 

– Planning your days in advance so you don’t end up twiddling thumbs (boredom leads to clock-watching).

 

– Giving yourself tight deadlines for each task to keep you focused, but not so tight that it causes unnecessary stress!

 

– Identify the times when you’re least productive, and break during those times.

 

– Speaking to someone about taking on some new, challenging tasks.

 

Escape the office environment 

If you’re not the only serial clock-watcher in the office, then it might be time for you all to take a well-earned break. Time to round-up the tribe and head somewhere where there are no clocks – or walls to mount them on, in fact! Time for a Go Ape adventure!

 

No walls or desks or clocks or computers; just miles upon miles of leafy trees and a sky-high obstacle course for you and your tribe to take on! After heading up high, you’ll work as a group to figure out the best way to tackle each crossing – from bridges and tunnels to tightropes and stirrups!

 

Time will fly in the treetops – and so will you, as you all take it in turns to whizz through the air via zip wire! Want to find out more about booking a Tree Top Adventure? Simply request a quote from our hairy tribe to get your team day off the ground (literally)!

 

 

The difference between a boss and a leader

Go Ape Team Building Events

Bosses and leaders are both in charge of a group of people. So, they’re essentially the same thing, right? Wrong! In fact, the two roles couldn’t be more different. There are many bosses in this world; but sadly, not enough leaders coaching their people to greatness.

 

An article we read on the Entrepreneur website stared like this: ‘Effective leaders inspire movements that exist only when people choose to move in the same direction. Without a leader, movements fragment and get nowhere. The leader’s job is to inspire people to work together in the service of something greater than themselves.’ Hear, hear!

 

So, the moral of the story is this: all managers should inspire to be leaders! According to the article, here’s how to be less of a boss, and more of a leader:

 

Glass half full, always

Inspiring leaders find the positive in every situation. They know that a glass-half-empty approach achieves nothing, so they keep smiling through the trials and tribulations, and encourage their team to adopt the same outlook.

 

Constantly grateful

Leaders constantly recognise and reward the efforts of their team – understanding they are the backbone to their business. They realise that the smallest gestures of appreciation, such as a simple “Thank you,” will be appreciated and help to raise morale.

 

Future-focused

Leaders have a clear vision of the future; and through their words, actions and beliefs, they are able to show their team how to get there. Real leaders are able to inspire others because they know what they are striving to accomplish.

 

Great listeners

Hearing and listening are two very different things. Leaders who inspire listen attentively to what their team tells them, and respond appropriately – rather than letting the words go in one ear and out the other. Inspiring leaders encourage feedback from their team, getting them to contribute towards a shared goal. This creates a shared sense of value, where everyone gives their input and everyone is important.

 

Crystal-clear communication

Leaders don’t cut corners with communication; they make sure their entire team is on board before moving forward with an idea or project. This can take time, but that’s what leadership is all about: coaching everyone together, ensuring no one is left behind.

 

Their team trust them 100%

Leaders are fair, honest, and follow through on every promise they make. They lead by example and know that trust is the key to building strong, lasting relationships with their team.

 

Super passionate

Inspiring leaders show immense enthusiasm for their work, the company and its mission. They keep their vision at the forefront of their minds and their enthusiasm rubs off on their team. It’s passion that reminds the team about the “why” of their work.

 

Now you know the difference between a boss and leader, why don’t you come and fine-tune your leadership skills in the treetops at Go Ape? Spend some time socialising with your tribe as you take on an array of sky-high obstacles – not only will you get to learn more about them, but a Tree Top Adventure is a great way to treat your tribe for all their hard work!

 

We hope to catch you in the trees soon! If you’re looking for a team day out this spring – make use of an extra hour of daylight and request a quote for your team day. We’re not springing, we’re LEAPING forward!

Short and sweet team building

Yale employees team building on segways

A couple of years ago, tech giant Microsoft conducted a study on attention spans, surveying 2,000 Canadians and analysing the brain activity of 112 others using electroencephalograms (try to say that correctly the first time!). The results were…how do we put it…a little (very!) alarming.

 

Shorter than a goldfish

According to Microsoft, humans have such short attention spans that even a goldfish can hold a thought for longer! Gulp!

 

The results revealed that the average attention span has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000, to around 8 seconds on average. And guess what’s to blame for our dwindling attention spans? Those pesky digital companions of ours…aka, our smartphones!

 

Keep it short and sweet

If there’s a lesson to be learned from this study, it’s that it’s best to keep things short and sweet whenever you can. For instance, in the office, meetings need to be to-the-point; otherwise your tribe will be daydreaming of their weekend plans before you can say “pay attention!”

 

The benefit of the short and sweet approach is that you’ll limit time-wasting in the office, which in turn can boost business efficiency and productivity among your tribe.

 

Time to get out of the office

So, what about team building? According to another study, this time by event company Bluehat Group, just one single hour of fun can help to build bonds among your tribe, boosting engagement, motivation and morale as a result.

 

In fact, Bluehat’s study unveiled that we can learn more about people in an hour of play than in an entire year of conversation! So, short-and-sweet teambuilding works, but the activity has got to be fun for all involved. Wait a minute, we think we might have the solution (*drumroll please*)…

 

A Go Ape Forest Segway Experience!

How many of your tribe have been on a Segway before? Segway-ing is an activity that’s on a lot of people’s to-do list, but many people simply haven’t got around to doing it. Well, now’s your chance!

 

If you live and work in the city, you may have witnessed groups of people cruising the streets aboard Segways, led by a tour guide. Well, call us biased, but we don’t think an inner-city Segway adventure is half as fun as a forest one. You don’t want to be confined by concrete – you want to be able to roam free in the rugged, natural outdoors!

 

…and that’s exactly what a Go Ape Forest Segway Experience is all about. You’ll head out into the forest with your tribe in tow, navigating everything from simple pathways to more testing trails. Catch up with colleagues one at a time as you roll around – laugh together, learn more about them, let them know you appreciate all their hard work. But don’t get too engrossed in conversation that you forget to look where you’re going!

 

A Forest Segway Experience is not just an opportunity to get to know your tribe more; but also for your tribe to get to know one another more. Encourage your team to speak to new people and not just their OBBs (office best buds) – this will help to boost both team spirit and teamwork.

 

Ready to roll? You’ll need to book your mid-week adventure in advance – to do that, just request a quote from our hairy tribe and a team member will be in touch.

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