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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 …

5 reasons why adventurous colleagues make for a better team!

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As a workforce, we can generally appreciate the benefits that come from having a range of personalities in your team. There are leaders that get people motivated, entertainers that maintain morale, and the compassionate defenders who are always looking after their pals. But what about the adventurers? Here are five reasons why having adventurous teammates makes for a better workforce.

 

1. They’re more receptive to new ideas

Not many people wake up one morning and think; “I’ll climb a mountain this year”. Taking on a big adventure comes after years of saying “yes” to opportunities others would decline. It’s the spirit of optimism, and an ability to see the bigger picture.

 

2. They’re willing to take risks

In today’s current business climate, it’s riskier to not take risks than it is to play it safe. Adventurous people understand the importance of taking carefully calculated risks. Playing it safe can only ever yield results for so long – comfort zones are great places, but nothing ever grows there.

 

3. They’re there for each other

People who undertake adventures rarely ever go solo – everyone knows that adventure is best when shared. Working together to overcome obstacles, adventure-goers tend to be supportive, proactive problem-solvers.

 

4. They know how to focus on the positives

Behind every smiley Instagram photo on the top of a hill, in the barrel of a boat, or at the entrance of a tent, lies aching muscles, soaking trousers, and a damp rucksack. As Bear Grylls says, the key to overcoming any form of adversity is positivity, positivity, positivity.

 

5. They’re goal-oriented, determined, and committed to developing themselves

It goes without saying, really, but pushing yourself beyond your normal limits, into situations that you might find initially uncomfortable takes hard work, persistence and courage. Adventurous people always have their eyes on the prize, and are determined to overcome any challenges they might face.

 

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.

Employee Engagement Grows In 2013, But Millennials Still Lag Behind

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Worker engagement keeps growing on a global level, but millennials still lag behind other employees in terms of commitment to their organisation’s goals and values, a study from Aon Hewitt shows.

According to the consultancy’s Trends in Global Employee Engagement report, employees internationally are becoming more engaged overall, with levels increasing slightly from 60% in 2012 to 61% last year. This increase, albeit modest, builds on the uptrend witnessed in the previous research, which showed a three percentage point uptick in employee engagement between 2011 and 2012.

The research suggests that a large percentage of workers are growing more ambitious and highly mobile at their workplace, with companies encouraging such behaviour now expected to see higher engagement levels. However, younger employees still seem less engaged with their work than older colleagues. Baby boomers, for instance, deliver engagement levels above the average and they currently they stand at 66%. In the case of millennials, however, the rate is much lower, at 56%.

Younger employees are more likely to seek to progress to a better job and companies should strive to find ways to meet their expectations in order to improve engagement levels among this demographic. It is HR departments’ task to enhance the value proposition of their company for workers and to present effectively the opportunities that arise.

Workers globally are very similar, says Dr Ken Oehler, global engagement practice leader at Aon Hewitt. He claims that, generally, employees want to be part of a company that offers incentives for their performance, provides career opportunities and has a favourable image. Yet there is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieve this, according to Oehler.

In order for companies to make employee engagement happen, they first need to understand their workers and what motivates them. After that, they need to adapt communication to properly fit the requirements of each group, he added.

Employee engagement was found to be the strongest among workers at senior organisational levels, with the highest percentage among executives and senior managers, at 75%.

Financial Troubles Affect Workplace Performance

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One in five employees in the UK have financial troubles that impact on their work performance, a recent study from Barclays Corporate & Employer Solutions reveals.

The report suggests that 55% of workers have savings that would be enough to cover their needs for less than two weeks. What’s more, 46% of employees are worried about their financial situation in the future and just 35% feel upbeat about their future finances.

Financial worries and troubles keep UK workers awake at night, with a worrying 18% of respondents admitting that their financial situation often makes them lose their sleep, Barclays found. Another 11% of those polled said they have no savings at all and tend to spend more than they actually earn.

The study further revealed that employers and employees differ in their opinion as regards the financial support and education workers receive. While most employers (69%) believe that workers feel the company cares about their financial situation, the reality is that just 10% of workers believe this is true.

The impact of financial worries on employees is a problem that organisations should not overlook, Katharine Photiou, head of workplace savings at Barclays, told HR magazine. If the same percentage of the workforce had a health issue, employers would treat it as an epidemic and would take urgent measures to address it. This should be the approach that firms apply when it comes to workers’ financial well-being as well, she added.

Financial worries have the same effect as the lack of sleep – workers become distracted and disengaged and the only thing they want is to go home, Photiou explained.

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