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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!

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.)

Meet your Corporate Events team

Go Ape Corporate Events Team Visits Air Space

Not got the time (or desire) to act as event planner for your next team building trip?

No worries. If you book a day out at Go Ape, you can leave the planning part to our team of expert, dedicated events co-ordinators! And, relax…

Our Corporate Events team is always on-hand to answer queries and make sure you and your tribe get the most from your Go Ape adventure. We don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to corporate events, oh no. After having a good natter with you to find out more about your business, your dedicated co-ordinator will tailor your trip to suit your needs and budget. We understand that all businesses are unique, and that’s why we offer a range of options for you to choose from – pick your activities, pick your lunch, pick your extras.

But, just who is behind our hard-working Corporate Events team? We think a few introductions are in order…

Sam Hardy – Events Manager

As Go Ape’s Events Manager, Sam line manages our four events co-ordinators and events sales administrator. Sam’s your man for all bookings and enquiries for our Trent Park site in Greater London.

Fun fact: Sam’s a (long-suffering) Ipswich Town fan.

Sam Hardy - Go Ape Corporate Events

Sean Hixon – Events Co-ordinator

Sean takes care of our Black Park, Whinlatter, Grizedale, Matfen, Alice Holt, Rivington, Crawley and Sherwood locations. When he’s not busy with bookings and responding to customer enquiries, you’ll catch Sean playing host at one of his sites.

Fun fact: Sean’s an avid globetrotter and loves researching conspiracy theories.

Sean Hixon - Go Ape Corporate Events

Richard Steggles – Events Co-ordinator

Richard’s time is spent liaising between clients, vendors and staff members to provide the best possible experiences for businesses coming to hang with us. He’s point of call for bookings and enquiries at Aberfoyle, Crathes, Bracknell, Peebles, Wendover, Woburn and Delamere.

Fun fact: Richard’s partial to a bit of gambling and enjoys getting involved in all types of sport.

Richard Steggles - Go Ape Corporate Events

Steve Hissett – Events Co-ordinator

‘To build rapport and provide a great customer experience’ is Steve’s aim. He takes control of all things corporate at Thetford, Leeds Castle, Southampton, Margam, Bedgebury, Haldon, Forest of Dean and Moors Valley.

Fun fact: Steve’s officially the fastest scooter racer at Banana HQ.

Steve Hissett - Go Ape Corporate Events

Terry Sutton – Events Co-ordinator

Terry’s got a keen eye for detail in his goal to provide excellent customer service to all clients that come to visit us. He looks after bookings and enquiries for Battersea, Wyre, Buxton and Dalby.

Fun fact: Terry’s a skilled musician; he plays the guitar and writes music for film.

Terry Sutton - Go Ape Corporate Events

Sarah Stimpson – Corporate Events Sales Administrator

…And last but by no means least is Sarah, who helps to ensure that all of our events run without a glitch. Sarah responds to client enquiries and provides ongoing support for the Go Ape Sales Team.

Fun fact: Sarah spends her free time doodling and playing Roller Derby, a rough (but fun) full-contact sport.

Sarah Stimpson - Go Ape Corporate Events

Are you interested in bringing your tribe to come and hang with us? It’s true, Go Ape isn’t your average teambuilding trip, but that’s what makes it so enjoyable! We guarantee your tribe will have huge grins on their faces long after they wave goodbye to the forest.

To request a quote from the team above, click here.

Say Hello To… Sarah Stimpson!

Corporate Events

Sarah StimpsonWell, it’s about time we officially introduced our newest addition to the Go Ape tribe… and her name is Sarah!

Sarah has joined our corporate events team, where she’ll be taking care of company bookings. She’ll spend her days liaising with clients, caterers and different Go Ape sites to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Sarah had already heard what a great company Go Ape is to work for (*blush*), so when a vacancy came up, she (quite literally) jumped at the chance! She’s tackled our tree-top obstacles many times in the past, and loved every second of it.

When she was younger, Sarah built her very own tree-house complete with zip wire! A job-match made in heaven, we think.

In her spare time, Sarah likes to get creative, painting portraits and replicas of famous artworks. She’s also part of the Suffolk Roller Derby team (for those of you who don’t know what roller derby is, it’s a full contact sport played on skates). She’s busy training three times a week and although it can get quite gnarly, she tells us that it’s really good fun.

Though Sarah’s only been with us for a few weeks, she’s already got stuck-in to the Go Ape way of life. She’s been stretching out in our Pilates classes, and has even had a cheeky few games of ping pong with her new work buddies.

Sarah says that the team have made her feel very welcome and have bent over backwards showing her the ropes (no pun intended). She may not have finished her first month with us yet, but she says she already feels like one of the tribe!

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