What personality types are your Tribe members?

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The modern workplace can be so diverse that it’s sometimes difficult for managers and leaders to keep everyone happy.

Ensuring that people with different personalities and from different backgrounds all get along and move the company forwards as one cohesive unit is no easy task; so what can you do to help bring your team together?

Identifying the personality types of your tribe is a good place to start, and means you can nurture and develop each person’s role according to their own individual traits. This can have a real impact on business outcomes – according to a study by Gallup, placing people in roles that do not match their personality can result in 21% lower productivity, 22% lower profitability, and a 45% higher turnover rate.

Every office will have its recognisable personalities. We’ve listed five common, light-hearted ones below (hint: if you can’t think who that person is, it’s probably you!)

The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox is friendly and outgoing, but they also have a habit of jumping into other people’s conversations. While Chatterboxes may think everyone is their friend, in reality many people try to avoid them for fear of getting trapped away from their desks in a 30-minute story about their weekend!

The Workaholic

There’s always someone who’s first in, last out, often not taking fresh air breaks or popping out for lunch. Driven and ambitious, the Workaholic may seem good for the company at first, but not if they don’t look after their health and wellbeing – they can’t work all day if they’re off sick with exhaustion!

The Messy One

Whether it’s leaving mouldy food in the communal fridge, or piles of notes and paperwork over their desks, there’s always someone who just doesn’t seem interested in tidying up. This person may need a quiet word in their ear about hygiene, but don’t be too hard on them – they say that messiness is associated with creativity, so perhaps this person is a creative spirit!

The Over Emailer

Inboxes get pretty rammed these days, especially when you have people overloading them with unimportant messages or those that could just as easily be said face-to-face. Whether it’s a document that wasn’t actually relevant to everyone in the department, or a cute cat photo they just had to share, this person needs to learn about instant messaging!

The Delegator

The Delegator always looks busy, but don’t be fooled – they have a habit of delegating work to their colleagues rather than doing it themselves! So they don’t necessarily have the best time management skills, but their persuasive skills are certainly impressive.

With a greater understanding of your tribe’s personalities, you’ll gain a deeper insight into how they take instruction, how they deal with stress and how they interact with their co-workers.

Of course, if you want to really bond your tribe and bring disparate teams together, a day in the trees at Go Ape is a team-building activity like no other. No matter what their personality type is, their differences will be cast aside as they swing from ropes and zoom along zip wires with their workmates!

Learn to bounce back

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Everyone suffers setbacks; it’s a part of life.

Whether it’s at home or in the office, we all slip up from time to time and fail at things we tried extremely hard to succeed in. We’re only human, after all…

Failures and mistakes are inevitable, but it’s how you deal with them that matters most. When something doesn’t quite go to plan, are you quick to throw in the metaphorical towel? Do you put yourself down and start doubting your abilities? Do you let it affect your mood for the rest of the day (or week)?

Alright, so you’re bound to feel a little upset and annoyed when something goes wrong; but the best thing you could do is accept it, learn from it, and move on. Remember: failure is only temporary and if you keep trying, you’ll get there in the end.

You might be wondering what gives us the authority to impart these wise words of wisdom.

Well, consider our Tree Top Adventure courses. Many people have visited us with a goal of conquering their fear of heights once and for all. They’ve tried numerous tactics in the past – from reading self-help books to booking hypnotherapy sessions – but all of them have failed. They think of Go Ape as their leafy last-chance saloon. But with a little encouragement and support, they do it; they climb the ropes into the trees and in their own time, they complete the course. And guess what? They all have huge smiles on their faces when they descend back to earth via the final zip wire!

Succeeding always feels good.

But succeeding at something you’ve failed at in the past feels even better. We’re all capable of achieving great things, but sometimes it just takes a few attempts to get there. We’ve just got to change our mind-set so that we view failure as something positive. As the saying goes, ‘better to have tried and failed than to have never tried at all.’

And don’t forget, some of the most influential names in history are more than familiar with failure. It took genius inventor Thomas Edison thousands of attempts before he successfully invented a lightbulb that worked. And even then, he said:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

To quote Mr Edison again,

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.”

When something goes wrong, remember that success could be just around the corner, so don’t give up!

Monday motivation. You’re welcome…

Monday Motivation

“Dear Monday, thanks for having the word ‘mon’ in you. That’s French for ‘my,’ in case you weren’t aware. That makes me think of you more as ‘my day’ and frankly, that sounds like a much more promising start to the week.” – Unknown.

What does Monday mean to you? Is it something you spend your entire weekend dreading, or is it something you start looking forward to come Sunday night?

Mondays are a lot like Marmite; you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. If Mondays are something you dread, you probably spend most of it slumped over your desk in a daze, day-dreaming about next weekend’s antics. But by doing that you’re wasting an entire day – a day where you could have achieved something amazing.

Here’s a thought: instead of simply accepting that it’s a Monday, why don’t you learn to love and embrace it instead!?

Monday is a fresh start to a brand new week – a week of new adventures, opportunities and experiences. This could be the week you have a major breakthrough at work, you get offered a promotion or pay rise. This could be the week you meet someone new or make a decision that’ll change your life forever!

Embracing Mondays means squeezing as much from the day as possible. If you head into the office with a positive mind-set and raring-to-go attitude, you’ll start your week off with a brilliant bang. And the rest of the week is likely to follow suit!

Monday is the start of something exciting. It’s your day – go get it!

Going square-eyed? We’ve got the answer

Disconnect to reconnect

Nowadays, the average person spends more time staring into digital space than they do looking at the real world. That’s quite worrying, isn’t it?

Research from Silentnight reveals that we spend a whopping 8 hours 41 minutes staring at screens every day. That’s a huge portion of the time we spend awake, not to mention 20 minutes longer than the average sleep.

Of course, most jobs require people to use their desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones every day. Many people would find it impossible to do their jobs without a digital companion. But what about all those times, outside of work, when we have a choice to stop and appreciate the real world – or have virtual chats, with virtual friends, in a virtual world?

Surely, no one wants their (real) life to whizz by because they’re too pre-occupied with posting pictures on Instagram, tweeting their every move on Twitter or scrolling through strangers’ newsfeeds on Facebook. Yet, it seems we are choosing digital over real-life: the same Silentnight survey found that people spend more time checking their emails (51%) in the mornings than they do eating breakfast (18%) or taking care of their appearance (32%).

Too much screen time has been proven to be bad for our health.

It’s been linked to problems such as insomnia, obesity, anxiety and depression. These are all really serious issues, highlighting just how important it is to switch off from digital and spend more time appreciating the world around us.

If your tribe members spend a lot of time glued to their screens, it’s important to encourage them to go screen-less during their breaks. So, rather than scoffing sarnies whilst simultaneously surfing the web at lunch, they spend time socialising with their colleagues, either in a breakout zone or even better – outdoors!

Kim Climbing the Cargo NetEvery now and then, you should give your tribe a well-earned break from their screens by organising a team-building trip out of the office for the day.

If your tribe spend all week cooped-up inside, this is the perfect opportunity to get out there and embrace the great outdoors, particularly now that spring is in full swing and the weather’s warming up.

If you’re looking for a team-building activity like no other, then it’s got to be Go Ape! We are the UK’s top forest adventure, with 30 courses across the country. Visit us to disconnect from tech and reconnect with nature from the tree tops! Your tribe will climb, cross, crawl, jump, swing and wobble as they take on our notorious Tree Top Adventure, finishing on an awesome high as they whizz down a zip wire and into a soft pile of woodchip.

In our 2015 feedback surveys, 100% of our corporate customers said they would recommend us. So why not swing by and see what all the fuss is about?!

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