How Letting People Work From Home Benefits Your Business

Team meeting in the office

The remote working revolution is nigh and each year, more and more businesses make the decision to give their tribes the option of working from home.

If you’re yet to embrace this flexible way of working, then you’re already late to the party!

 

Whether it’s for one or several days a week, giving your tribe free rein of where they work has many benefits – and not just for your employees! Let’s take a look at some of the ways remote working can prove advantageous for your business:

Productivity boost

 

A Harvard Business Review study, which analysed the efficiency of staff working in a particular call centre, found that productivity jumped by a whopping 30% when they were offered the choice of working from home. And we all know what a boost to productivity means…a boost to your business’ bottom line! It might not suit everyone, but certain members of your tribe might feel like they’re less distracted at home than in the office (especially if they’re sat next to Linda the loud mouth).

Greater loyalty

 

Giving your tribe the option to work from home is like telling them – “I don’t need to see you to trust that you’ll do your job!” You’re also essentially letting your tribe customise their own work schedules and saving them the hassle of enduring the dreaded, daily commute. You’re helping them to strike that gloriously golden work/life balance, and you can be sure that they’ll express their gratitude through hardwork and loyalty.

Healthier, happier tribe

 

Sans the daily commute, employees who work from home find that they have more time to squeeze in some exercise, whether it’s a morning run or an evening bike ride to de-stress and reconnect with nature. Healthy tribe members are less likely to fall ill and take days off sick – they are also happier and more productive! A win-win…win?!

Cut down costs

 

There’s no doubt about it: having all staff centrally located in an office is expensive. There’s the cost of space, electricity, equipment and other things like free food and drink. Having staff work remotely can help to keep these costs to a minimum. At the same time, utilising tools like cloud hosting and communication platforms (think Skype and Huddle) means you won’t need to invest in in-house infrastructure such as servers, meaning more money saved!

 

It’s greener

 

Now more than ever, companies are being scrutinised for the steps they take to limit their impact on the environment. If you’re reducing the amount of electricity you use or ink cartridges you buy thanks to remote working, then great news: you’re shrinking your carbon footprint at the same time! Also, by allowing your tribe to work from home, you’re reducing the number of cars (with their nasty fumes) that are on our roads. Flexible working is a greener choice, for sure!

 

If you’re looking to get out of the office and plan a team day, why not get in touch with one of our Go Ape event organisers? Request a quote today. We hope to see you in the trees soon.

The World’s Coolest Offices

Team meeting in the office

Does your office feel more drab than fab? Do your surroundings leave you feeling more tired than inspired? Maybe you need an office shake up!

 

Our workspaces can have a huge impact on both our mental and physical health. A well-designed office has been linked to improved productivity, lowered stress levels and overall happier workers. After all, no one wants to work in a dull, colourless and dark space. It goes against our nature-loving nature!

 

A simple rearrange of desks, the introduction of a little greenery or some furry, four-legged friends are all foolproof ways to turn your office from glum to fun. But if you need a little inspiration – we’ve got you covered.

 

We all know that waking up early for work can be hard enough, but if our offices were anything like the ones we’re about to mention, we’d have no trouble rolling out of bed in the morning. So, without further ado, here are five of the world’s coolest offices (please excuse us while we pitch these ideas to our top banana…)

 

Selgas Cano Architecture Office

 

Straight out of a Go Ape dream, Selgas Cano Architecture Office is a vision of how a work/nature balance should be. The office belongs to a Spanish architectural firm, who set up their workspace in the heart of the forest. They didn’t just want to be surrounded by forest, though, they wanted to be within it – so they installed floor to ceiling windows that run the length of the building!

 

Airbnb

 

Unsurprisingly, this juggernaut of a company has a pretty enviable HQ. Found in San Francisco, the Airbnb head office has rooms inspired by places on the earth; there is a Mumbai café, a Rio de Janeiro living room and lots and lots of bright, open space.

 

DTAC HQ

 

Situated in a high-rise stretching above Bangkok, Thailand, this wooden wonder is home to a library, amphitheatre, indoor running tracks, tennis tables (just like here at Banana HQ) and a rooftop terrace that overlooks the city.

 

Innocent Smoothies

 

Any company that champions healthy eating and sustainability is a friend of ours, but their London office really takes the cake (or should we say, fruit cake?). There are unlimited smoothies for all staff, swishy AstroTurf floors and employees are encouraged to work in a different place each day so they can meet as many people as possible.

 

Google

 

Did you really think we’d make it through a list of cool offices without mentioning the mother of them all? Google offices have slides, sleeping pods and you can have meetings in repurposed cable cars! Google has always been way ahead of the curve, but with everything from flexible working, free food and free sanitary items in every bathroom, they sure know how to look after staff.

 

Don’t worry if acquiring offices like these if off the menu, because there are smaller things you can do to boost morale. Office dogs have also been linked to happier staff, as they can lower stress, encourage communication between co-workers and create a welcoming, inclusive environment. Plus, who doesn’t want to spend their break cuddling a puppy!?

 

Personally, here at Banana HQ, we find that filling up any space with lovely, green plants gives us a boost – and not just because of how fresh it makes the air! Office-based greenery has been known to alleviate stress, heighten productivity, improve health and not to mention, they look lovely! Whether you opt for a succulent, spider plant or peace lily, giving your office a natural lift is good for your head and your heart.

 

Another stress-busting tactic is a spending time in the trees at Go Ape. Ditch the dreary office and opt for the trees instead! Spend the day Segwaying along the forest’s understory or up, up, up in the air as you whoosh down a zip wire! Exercise (and exhilarating heights) are known for their tension-ridding and team building ways, so why not swing by?

 

If you’re looking to get out of the office and plan a team day, why not get in touch with one of our Go Ape event organisers? Request a quote today. We hope to see you in the trees soon.

How Go Ape Does Team Building On A Budget

Team Development Knot Tie Activity

The Go Ape motto has been the same since day dot: to encourage others to live life adventurously.

 

From families to friends to work tribes, we want to inspire adventure among the masses – we want to start an adventure revolution!

 

We know that to make adventure accessible to all, we need to make our adventures affordable for all. That’s why we offer tree-mendous forest adventures for a price that won’t break the bank. Any company, large or small, can enjoy the wonders of the woodland at Go Ape, swinging through the trees en-masse just as Tarzan would.

 

Our turn!

 

We’re always going on about how regular team building trips are the key to forming happy, super-motivated tribes (especially when those trips take place in the forest). So, it’s only right that we practice what we preach!

 

Of course, we don’t hold Go Ape team building trips at Go Ape. While we’ll never get bored of our canopy escapades, we like to mix things up a little. So, can you guess what we did for our last team building trip on a budget?

 

…Garden party!

 

If only you could see the looks on our tribe’s faces when we were all handed our invitations. Hosted by our MD, the Go Ape garden party promised to be a day of games, giggles and getting to know one another even better!

 

And it certainly delivered. Not as au fait with floor-level activities, we started off with a few rounds of rounders (and unearthed competitive streaks in many a member of the Go Ape tribe). That worked up a real sweat, so we got to cool down in the coolest way we could…by taking a dip in the lake! Never experienced wild swimming? We highly recommend it!

 

As soon as we dried off it was time for lunch and in homage to our Go Ape offering, we were treated to a hearty BBQ. We must admit, we’re always a little envious when tribes get to tuck into a table full of tasty, grilled grub, so we were chuffed that we finally got to indulge!

 

Fuelled by our mighty feast, the afternoon consisted of even more activities. We went to war with one another on an inflatable gladiator ring and raced on a blow-up bungee run to see who could reach the furthest point before they were catapulted back to the beginning (one of our fave activities of the day, by far).

 

The more humble activities on offer were large chess and draughts and a range of card games – perfect for later in the afternoon when we were feeling slightly subdued!

 

The Go Ape garden party was the perfect team day out; a day where we could let our hair down, meet new members of the tribe and ultimately, have lots of fun! Which is what team building should be all about, right?

 

If you’re looking to get out of the office and plan a team day, why not get in touch with one of our Go Ape event organisers? Request a quote today. We hope to see you in the trees soon.

Office dos and dont’s

Team meeting in the office
Ever heard of the phrase ‘office etiquette’? It basically means conducting yourself respectfully and courteously at work.

We spend a lot of time with our work chums. In fact, sometimes it feels like we see them more than our own families. We spend eight hours a day in a confined space, working alongside colleagues with different personality traits, quirks and opinions – so good office manners is mega important for avoiding unnecessary tension.

So, whatever kind of office you work in, here are some essential dos and don’ts:

Do: Say ‘good morning’ to your colleagues as you walk through the door.

Don’t: Think it’s OK to sing, hum or tap your feet to every single song that comes on the radio, regardless of how much you like them.

Do: Wash your hands after visiting the bathroom!

Don’t: Chat to your best pal on the phone at your desk, about that thing, for ten minutes while the people around you are trying to work. Take it outside!

Do: Close your mouth when eating your lunch. No one wants to see or hear you munching that grab-size bag of crisps.

Don’t: Be afraid to speak up and talk to a manager if you don’t feel happy or if something’s bothering you.

Do: Bring in treats for your tribe. Everyone one loves a homemade cupcake!

Don’t: Gloat consistently about your own success and achievement – be humble!

Do: Return the favour by offering to make your tribe a cuppa (handing out some biccies is will earn you extra brownie points).

Don’t: Bring lunches that are particularly pungent into the office i.e. fish soup.

Do: Clean up your desk at the end of the day and put your mug in the dishwasher, not in the sink!

Don’t: Turn up to work with the flu and spend the day coughing and spluttering over your keyboard. Do yourself and everyone else – a favour and rest up in bed!

Do: Express gratitude to anyone who helps you out, for instance, when a colleague gives you some ideas for a project.

Don’t: Rock-up to work wearing your weekend clobber if everyone else dresses smart.

Do: Offer to help colleagues out when you’re light on work and can see that they’re snowed under with it.

Don’t: Gossip about your colleagues or managers, as doing this makes for an unhealthy work environment.

Do: Encourage your tribe to get to know one another better outside of work. You could always come and swing through the trees at Go Ape!

Don’t: Steal a colleague’s special mug simply because yours is dirty – wash it up!

Do: Smile!

Don’t: forget to think and work as a team. Set shared goals, help one another out, talk openly about issues. That way, you can ensure your office is a happy, healthy and productive space to work!

 

If you’re looking to get out of the office and plan a team day, why not get in touch with one of our Go Ape event organisers? Request a quote today. We hope to see you in the trees soon.
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