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3 ways to motivate your team

Monday Motivation
Motivating your tribe is the easy part; working out how to keep their motivation levels sky-high week in, week out is where it gets tough. But, it’s a task you need to perfect, as tribes will only perform at their peak if they feel passionate and enthusiastic about what they do!

Think a Christmas cash bonus will keep your tribe motivated all year? Think again! A study from the University of Reading found that the ‘carrot and stick’ approach simply doesn’t cut it in the long run and there are many other, better incentives.

So, inspired by an article we found on the Entrepreneur website, here are three ways you can make sure your tribe are motivated…and stay motivated!

Jazz up the staff room

The staff room is the place your tribe head to chill out, unwind and catch up with their work mates – so, make it a space they enjoy escaping to! They’ve got to love going there; otherwise, they’ll have nowhere to go when they’re finding work challenging, which could cause a drop in motivation and productivity, leading to a lower quality of work.

It’s time to go all DIY SOS on that break room! Throw out those old, half-broken seats and replace with comfy sofas. Fix the broken toaster. Clean the fridge that reeks of blue cheese. Paint the walls a bright and inspiring colour. And most importantly, get some games!

Take a forest leaf from the Go Ape tribe and install a ping pong table in the staff room, or how about a pool table, or table football? Games like these encourage social interaction mixed with a smidgen of physical activity, and they will:

· Boost morale
· Create an immediate means of escape
· Allow for authentic team building
· Contribute to your tribe’s wellbeing

Schedule in team building activities

Tribes need to be offered more than just a salary and holiday time. You need to make sure they’re able to work together to achieve common goals – and there’s no better way to do that than by enjoying regular, fun team building activities together (emphasis on the word ‘fun,’ here). The endless benefits of team building include:

· Helping your tribe improve their communication skills
· Pushing them out of their comfort zones
· Developing team values
· Boosting their ability to problem-solve
· Giving them a chance to let their hair down
· Allowing them to fine-tune their leadership skills

Go Ape’s team building trips are fun first and foremost, but also encompass all of the benefits listed above. Embark on a classic Tree Top Adventure or Forest Segway Experience, or try out our new team development or team solutions days!

Show appreciation

Sometimes, the smallest of gestures have the biggest of impacts. A sincere “thank you” or “great job” can go a long way, and lets your tribe know that you acknowledge and appreciate their hard work. It also motivates them to keep on striving for a high quality and efficient work ethic. And the occasional after-work drinks or tribe meal (paid by yours truly) won’t go amiss, either.

When the company achieves a mammoth milestone, you should always celebrate together (after all, it was a tribe effort that got you where you are). But, this is not just about company milestones; show your tribe you care and value them individually by celebrating things like promotions, weddings, birthdays (you get the idea).

Follow these three tips to make sure your tribe stay motivated and together, you’ll achieve great things!

Ways to celebrate a company milestone!

Office BBQ Party

In our opinion, any occasion is a cause for celebration! And here at Go Ape, we’ve certainly had a lot of occasions to celebrate recently, what with many of our courses reaching the big 1-0! Oh, and let’€™s not forget that it was Go Ape’€™s 15th birthday a couple of months ago, too.

Our celebrations have included hours of monkeying around in the treetops, topped with excessive amounts of banana cake,€“ which is OK, because we burned off those cals combatting obstacles in the canopy!

Do you have a company milestone coming up? It could be a big birthday, or perhaps you’€™re a few weeks away from reaching a sales target. Maybe you’€™re a smaller company and (after plenty of hard graft) you’€™ve just started turning a profit. Whatever your milestone, you should round-up your tribe and celebrate! Here are eight suggestions for what you can do:

1. Follow in our ape-shaped footsteps by booking a Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape! Take it from us, “ there’€™s nothing quite like celebrating in the canopy!
2. Break open the bubbly in the office this Friday afternoon (don’€™t forget non-alcoholic alternatives for those who drove in or don’€™t drink).
3. Say it with food by putting on a lunchtime feast for your tribe. In this weather, we find that BBQs and picnics go down a treat!
4. If your tribe have helped you to achieve a financial target, share the love with a surprise bonus in their pay packets.
5. Purchase a bunch of tickets for a local, upcoming show or concert you know your tribe will love.
6. Let your tribe have an extra day’s holiday this year, on you.
7. Learn a new skill en-masse with your tribe by booking a class. Ask your tribe what they’d like to do, Master pottery? Learn the samba? Make (and eat) some chocolate?
8. Buy some new equipment for the office for your tribe to enjoy. We have a table tennis here at Banana HQ and it’€™s provided us with endless hours of fun albeit sweaty fun.

When you reach your milestone€“ whether it’€™s a company anniversary or target it’€™s really important to get your tribe together and thank them personally. After all, without them, you wouldn’t have reached that milestone, and together they will help you to reach many more milestones in the future!

Does role play help team training and development?

Employees in a line
Role play is a love-it-or-hate-it workplace technique. For the wannabe thespians among your tribe, it provides a fantastic opportunity for them to practice their dramatic prowess, giving it their all as they assume the role of a character in a fictitious setting that mimics real-life.

But for those who didn’t dig drama lessons at school – and may be a little shy in the office – role play can be nothing short of a living hell.

Understanding the benefits

If you know there are certain members of your tribe who fear role play, make sure you explain the benefits and help them understand why you’re getting them to do it (i.e., you’re not doing it to make them look or feel silly!).

One main advantages or role play is that is allows your tribe to learn through doing, aka, experiential learning. Read a book and they might not absorb the info, listen to a presentation and they could drift off (we’ve all done it!). But, if place them right at the heart of the action and they’re more likely to pay attention, continue paying attention and learn some valuable lessons.

Role play enables your tribe to sharpen skills related to leadership, listening, problem-solving and more. It provides a safe environment where they can encounter possible scenarios for the first time (whether it’s dealing with a problematic client or a customer requiring first aid) so they can get it right – and do it well – when and if it happens in reality.

Role play also offers a chance for self-reflection. By acting out a certain scenario, your tribe (and you, as their leader) will able to identify their strengths and perhaps more importantly, their weaknesses, so they can be addressed before they find themselves in the situation for real.

Using role play

Coax the coyest members from their shells by organising some pre-role play ice-breakers – some fun activities that’ll raise your tribe’s spirits! Then…

Identify the situation. Explain the issue and encourage an open discussion about it before the role play begins. This will allow your tribe to start planning their approach.

Set the scene. Set up a scenario, adding as many elements (where, when who, what, why) as you can so that it feels real. Make sure everyone’s clear about what you want to accomplish by the end of the session.

Assign roles. It’s casting time! Who plays the employee? Who plays the disgruntled customer? Tell your tribe to use their imaginations and really get into the minds of the person they’re playing – their feelings, goals and motivations.

Do it! Lights, camera, action! Act out the scene, testing out different approaches if necessary. If you can, build up the tension; the disgruntled customers shouldn’t jump in guns blazing straight away, as that’s unlikely to happen in real life.

Talk about it. As soon as the session is finished, chat about it. Talk about both individual and group strengths and weaknesses. Then, go around the room asking each person what they’ve learnt – this will give you a good idea of whether your role play workshop was a resounding success!

 

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!

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!
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