5 workplace myths…BUSTED!

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Not all of what we hear or are told is the truth and often, conventional wisdom proves itself to be wrong. And one place where myths and rumours tend to circulate at the speed of a tornado is in the workplace.

So, just how do you decipher the myths from the truth? It’s simple: read this article! We did the hard graft so you don’t have to and have debunked 5 of the most common office myths. Here they are:

Money is the greatest motivator

If you want to turn productivity and morale up a few notches in your office, offering a boost to your tribe’s salaries isn’t the answer. All you’ve got to do is look to recent studies and you’ll realise that money is rarely, if ever, the top motivator. One survey found that pizza was the most satisfying reward for doing a great day’s work in the office, followed by a compliment from the boss. We must admit, food is definitely the way to our hearts here at Banana HQ, but it’s got to be banana cake for us!

8-hour days guarantee maximum productivity

Nu-uh! Contrary to popular belief, tribes who work shorter days get more done than if they crammed in as much as possible during the typical 9-5. Sweden is actually spearheading the move to a shorter working week, finding that 6 is the magic number when it comes to guaranteeing maximum productivity levels. If you can’t lose a couple of hours, you could always consider offering flexible working as an alternative.

If you break less, you get more done

So then, how about that old notion of working through the lunch break to get work finished? Terrible idea! Not allowing time to break is highly counterintuitive and saps motivation, energy and enthusiasm from tribes. The Draugiem Group conducted an experiment on this using app DeskTime, it discovered that employees with the highest levels of productivity enjoyed a 17-minute break for every 52 minutes of work.

Mistakes must be kept to a minimum

Its about time that the world started accepting that failure isn’t a bad thing, at the very least, it’s a sign that someone tried. Employees shouldn’t live in fear of slipping up and having to confess to their seniors; mistakes are how we learn, grow and flourish. Tribe leaders everywhere should be seen to embrace failure, encourage a culture of openness and own up to their own mistakes to set an example for their team.

Working well individually is more important than working well as a team

All of the very best companies in the world all share one thing in common: they have a world-class team backing them up. Emphasis on the word ‘team’ here; employees may be super skilled individually, but it’s only when they pool their skills and knowledge together do fantastic things happen. A team of heads is better than one!

World-class teams don’t just from out of thin air (if only it were that easy). They must be built and if you’re a tribe leader, that duty is bestowed upon you. If you want to built a greater, happier, more productive team, why not start the journey by swinging through the trees together at your local Go Ape course? Request a quote right here today!

10 ways to motivate your tribe for free!

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Every single one of us is susceptible to suffering a mid-week slump, particularly during summer when blue skies and sunshine tempt us from behind our desks. Luckily, there’s a whole raft of exciting, engaging and revitalising things managers can do to get their tribes back on track, and best of all, they’re free!

Offer praise

Kindness costs nothing and there are few things that light up a person’s face quicker than a well-deserved “thank you”. So, tell your tribe they’re doing a good job and that you appreciate their efforts.

Let them grow

As any gardener will tell you, if want your flowers to blossom, you need to give them enough room to grow. Humans may not be green, but we do grow the same and by giving your tribe more responsibility, you can help them to be their best selves.

Be flexible

By offering flexibility in their work hours, your tribe will be able to tip that elusive work/life balance back in their favour.

Set a clear path

Why not set a clear career path for each of your employees, complete with goals and regular feedback? Not only will this show that you care enough about them to help with their career progression, but it will also rid them of the mean old bugbears known as stagnancy and routine.

Admit mistakes

Mistakes are a symptom of success, not a hindrance to it. Reclaim motivation by creating a work culture that embraces failure and celebrates occasionally getting things wrong.

Trust

This goes both ways, trust them enough to get the job done without being an Agatha Christie and manage them in a transparent and fair way.

Team building activities

Now, as fun and fulfilling as an afternoon in the treetops at Go Ape is, you can create your own team building activities in the comfort of your own office. Or, better still, take to the nearest green space and start goofing around with some trust building exercises.

Encourage a healthy lifestyle

A happy heart is a healthy one, so encourage them out of our all-too-common sedentary lifestyles by introducing a cycle to work scheme, starting a morning yoga class or filling up the kitchen with healthy treats.

Ask for their opinion

Top down feedback is great for members of your tribe looking to improve, but managers and bosses need to be open to opinions, too. Be willing to listen and act on faults on your side, but also allow them to share their ideas and input on how to make your organisation flourish.

Celebrate wins

No matter how big or small, you should celebrate your tribe’s wins. This could come in the form of ice cream or some delicious bagels in the kitchen for breakfast, or perhaps the chance to finish work early.

Whatever it is, share the happiness!

 

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 to inspire better teamwork!

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Your tribe may work superbly on their own, but you’ve noticed that performance and productivity slip a little when they work together. So how can you improve those teamwork-related skills? How can you build a greater tribe?

Naturally, we’d always recommend swinging through the trees at Go Ape. It’s the perfect way to build greater bonds among your tribe, which leads to greater teamwork. Tackling an array of tree-mendous obstacles helps to fine-tune skills such as leadership, communication and problem-solving, essential ingredients in the teamwork recipe. And at the same time, our Tree Top Adventures will give people’s confidence an almighty boost.

So, as well as swinging through the trees in a Tarzan fashion, just how else might you inspire better teamwork? Here are some ideas:

Turn to TED

TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on subjects such as business, education, tech and science. Teamwork is a hot topic, so why not round-up the tribe one afternoon and play them a vid (popcorn optional)? Try Tom Wujec’s ‘Build a tower, build a team’ and Simon Sinek’s ‘How great leaders inspire action’ for starters.

Be motivated by a mountaineer

Motivational speaker and world-class mountaineer, Andy Cave, visits companies delivering messages that inspire people to get the very best from themselves and from one another. A man after our own hearts, he uses adventure to back up his points, focusing on key topics like leadership, teamwork and communication. You can book Andy to pop by your office or speak after an event.

Check out a conference

A team will only be great if they are led by a great leader. So, you need to focus on improving your own skills before improving your tribe’s. One way to do this is to attend one of the many leadership conferences that take place throughout the year, across the UK. One to check out is the University of Salford’s Leadership Conference; its agenda features workshops and keynotes on team building and the role leaders play in improving teamwork.

Bury your head in books

There are plenty of books out there that tackle the topic of team building. Read a couple of them and suggest that your tribe do, too. You could even host an office book club, where you read the same book on team building and chat it through over some food one lunchtime. When it comes to picking the books, we suggest:

Pulling Together: 10 Rules for High-Performance Teamwork by John J Murphy

If I could Tell You Just One Thing: Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice by Richard Reed

Building Team Power: How to Unleash the Collaborative Genius of Teams for Increased Engagement, Productivity and Results by Thomas A. Kayser

Help the Helper: Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork by Kevin Pritchard & John Eliot

By taking one (or several) of the steps we’ve mentioned above, you’ll be able to improve team skills and build a world-class tribe!

Or book your Tribe onto a Team Development Day here!

De-stress on treetop nets with your tribe!

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No one likes to feel stressed, but for many people it’s an unavoidable reality of their busy working lives. Saying that, a smidgen of stress isn’t always a bad thing; according to experts, it can actually motivate you to meet your goals for the day.

But then there’s also bad stress, when you constantly feel under pressure and pushed to the very max. And this type of stress is counter-intuitive, as it can make you feel less driven and less enthusiastic about your work. It can even make you unwell, if it carries on for a long time.

So, as tribe leader, you need to help your tribe to achieve that perfect balance in their roles. No doubt they want to be challenged (as this will help them to develop and flourish), but there’s a line between tasks and responsibilities that are challenging, and those that are downright impossible!

Time to unwind!

You know what will help your tribe to secure that golden balance? If you treat them to regular away days, where they can switch off from work and leave their worries behind in a pile on their desk! So, how does de-stressing in a netted playground suspended 30 feet up in the air sound!?

Yep, you read that right! Go Ape is pleased and proud to unveil a brand new, one-of-a-kind adventure soon to be launched in Black Park! Nets Kingdom is a mammoth connected structure of bounce nets (one filled with giant balls), bridges slides and climbing towers and is fun for all ages!

The Kingdom is encased within 3,000 square metres of hammock-like netting, so it’s safe as tree houses. Speaking of which, there are some of them in Net Kingdom, too!

Nets Kingdom is the perfect spot to kick back with your tribe. To unwind, to switch off, to reconnect with nature. And most importantly, to have some fun!

For the ultimate Go Ape day out, why not swing through the trees before hanging out in them? An award-winning Tree Top Adventure course is the perfect team building and team bonding activity. You’ll take on tunnels, bridges, swings, stirrups and zips. Oh, you’ll also have to clamber up and across nets, so you’ll get in some practice before venturing to the Kingdom!

Between your adventures, you could always back with your tribe in our exclusive Forest Shelter and enjoy some tasty grub, prepared by us. Choose from a simple picnic, or a more hearty forest BBQ (which your tribe may appreciate more after swinging through the trees and working up an appetite).

Black Park is the only Go Ape with Nets Kingdom for the moment, but we’re sure that the activity will be launched in other courses in the future. So don’t feel too disappointed if you aren’t near, anyway, there’s bound to be a local course where you and your tribe can swing through the trees or whizz through the forest floor via a bunch of all-terrain, self-balancing Segways!

De-stress your Tribe by booking a team day out to Nets Kingdom …

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