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How to inspire better teamwork!

Team Development Knot Tie Activity
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!

Nets KIngdom Blog
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 …

5 reasons why employee engagement is so important!

Team meeting in the office
The other day, we stumbled upon a good definition of employee engagement – on the Engage for Success website.
It read:

Employee engagement is a workplace resulting in the right conditions for all members of an organisation to give their best each day, committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being.

In short, employee engagement is how committed your tribe are to their jobs and to your company. And while engagement is to some extent down to them, as tribe leader, you also play a pivotal role. It’s your job to create a workplace they not only feel comfortable and confident working in, but can thrive in.

Here are five reasons why employee engagement should be a top priority for you:

1. Lower turnover

If your tribe feel content and satisfied in their roles, they are less likely to seek other opportunities elsewhere. According to Engage for Success stats, companies with high levels of engagement show a 40% lower turnover rate compared with those with low engagement levels. Make engagement a top priority and you stand a better chance of retaining all of your top talent, and you also save yourself the money of having to hire and train new recruits.

2. Greater productivity

It’s understandable that tribes work best when they’re engaged, with 59% of employees saying that their roles bring out their most creative ideas compared to just 3% of less-engaged employees. So, in this way, engaged employees are more likely to think outside of the box and innovate; which, in today’s business landscape, is what will propel your company forward and make you stand out among your competitors.

3. Happier customers

Happiness is contagious. So naturally, if your tribe are happy in their roles, it’s bound to rub off on your customers! Those customers are more likely to recommend you to friends and family, telling them what a great bunch you are! Companies which boast top engagement levels actually enjoy around 12% higher customer advocacy.

4. Fewer sick days

Mental health and physical health are closely interlinked. Our bodies work in mysterious ways; but when we feel happy and positive, we’re actually less likely to feel unwell or become ill. So, the more engaged your tribe are, the less likely they are to take sick days. According to data from Gallup, higher workplace engagement leads to 37% lower absenteeism, and perhaps more surprisingly, 41% fewer safety incidents.

5. A boost to your bottom line

Engaged tribe members are more productive and creative than their non-engaged counterparts, and they take less sick days and are likely to stick around longer. So it’s clear to see why companies with high engagement rates enjoy greater profits than those who don’t! In fact, Engage for Success says that they enjoy TWICE the annual net profit than companies with low engagement rates. That’s a stat you simply can’t ignore!

Care for your tribe and they’ll care for you and your company it’s as simple as that. If your tribe are engaged, they’ll become advocates of your brand and help to take your business to the next level, and then the next level, and then the next level, and so on!

(Psst: You could always engage your tribe in the beautiful surrounds of the forest at Go Ape, as you all monkey around in the canopy. Chat to one of our team members about mid-week corporate trips by calling 0370 218 5574.)

Team activities for the workplace!

Team meeting in the office
Call us biased, but when it comes to team building activities, we think that they’re most effective (not to mention most fun) when they take place in the great outdoors.

Why? Well, the outdoors is stimulating and enriching – much more so than the confines of any indoor space. It’s like an endless playground where your tribe can kick back and enjoy some quality time together; leaving the constant whirr of tech behind in order to reconnect with the beautiful, natural world that surrounds us.

(Forgive us for getting all poetical on you, we’re just keen, outdoorsy types!)

Anyway, we welcome company tribes from Monday to Friday here in the forest. Companies visit us to escape the office for a day in the treetops, where they can let their hair down and unleash their inner Tarzans! It’s true: there really is no better place to bond than in the canopy!

Ideas for your office

Of course, there’s no harm in planning some in-office team activities to complement your outdoor efforts! These following activities could be good if you’re short on time, or if you’re in need of a mid-week pick-me-up for your tribe:

Table tennis tournament

Yes, you’ll need a table tennis table for this one. Or, you could always get creative with the tables in the boardroom! Encourage some healthy competition among your tribe by hosting a ping pong tournament with knockout stages and of course, a prize for the winner. Talking from experience, you will work up a sweat, so you might all need to bring your gym gear!

Office Olympics

Turn the office into a stadium for tribe Olympics! Sub a boat for office chairs in the rowing race (if you’ve got the space); print off targets and use elastic bands for arrows; screw up paper and shot-put them into the bin; and launch your paper aeroplane javelins to see who can fly the furthest distance! And don’t forget those medals!

Scavenger hunt

Split your tribe into teams and organise a scavenger hunt, with riddles for clues. Here are a couple of examples we spotted on the web:

1.

It goes before ‘food’
For things we routinely eat
In an office it has two bent legs
But never any feet

(Answer: Stapler)

2.

This item has handles
But isn’t a car
It has pointy ends
But isn’t a star

(Answer: Scissors)

Think of around 10 clues for your tribe – lock up the stationery cupboard and make sure every person hunts for at least one item! Oh, and don’t forget to tell your tribe to replace any supplies they steal from their colleagues’ desks!

Friday feast

Sociable and tasty, food has a way of bringing people together. So, this Friday, dine in style with your tribe. Organise a picnic if it’s nice weather, or a hearty BBQ if you can access the necessary gear. Or, see if your tribe would be up for each bringing in a homemade dish for a lunchtime buffet!

 

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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