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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.

Short and sweet team building

Yale employees team building on segways

A couple of years ago, tech giant Microsoft conducted a study on attention spans, surveying 2,000 Canadians and analysing the brain activity of 112 others using electroencephalograms (try to say that correctly the first time!). The results were…how do we put it…a little (very!) alarming.

 

Shorter than a goldfish

According to Microsoft, humans have such short attention spans that even a goldfish can hold a thought for longer! Gulp!

 

The results revealed that the average attention span has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000, to around 8 seconds on average. And guess what’s to blame for our dwindling attention spans? Those pesky digital companions of ours…aka, our smartphones!

 

Keep it short and sweet

If there’s a lesson to be learned from this study, it’s that it’s best to keep things short and sweet whenever you can. For instance, in the office, meetings need to be to-the-point; otherwise your tribe will be daydreaming of their weekend plans before you can say “pay attention!”

 

The benefit of the short and sweet approach is that you’ll limit time-wasting in the office, which in turn can boost business efficiency and productivity among your tribe.

 

Time to get out of the office

So, what about team building? According to another study, this time by event company Bluehat Group, just one single hour of fun can help to build bonds among your tribe, boosting engagement, motivation and morale as a result.

 

In fact, Bluehat’s study unveiled that we can learn more about people in an hour of play than in an entire year of conversation! So, short-and-sweet teambuilding works, but the activity has got to be fun for all involved. Wait a minute, we think we might have the solution (*drumroll please*)…

 

A Go Ape Forest Segway Experience!

How many of your tribe have been on a Segway before? Segway-ing is an activity that’s on a lot of people’s to-do list, but many people simply haven’t got around to doing it. Well, now’s your chance!

 

If you live and work in the city, you may have witnessed groups of people cruising the streets aboard Segways, led by a tour guide. Well, call us biased, but we don’t think an inner-city Segway adventure is half as fun as a forest one. You don’t want to be confined by concrete – you want to be able to roam free in the rugged, natural outdoors!

 

…and that’s exactly what a Go Ape Forest Segway Experience is all about. You’ll head out into the forest with your tribe in tow, navigating everything from simple pathways to more testing trails. Catch up with colleagues one at a time as you roll around – laugh together, learn more about them, let them know you appreciate all their hard work. But don’t get too engrossed in conversation that you forget to look where you’re going!

 

A Forest Segway Experience is not just an opportunity to get to know your tribe more; but also for your tribe to get to know one another more. Encourage your team to speak to new people and not just their OBBs (office best buds) – this will help to boost both team spirit and teamwork.

 

Ready to roll? You’ll need to book your mid-week adventure in advance – to do that, just request a quote from our hairy tribe and a team member will be in touch.

Tick tock… how long til the clocks go forward?

clock on a rustic table

Winter, it’s not us… it’s you! It was good while it lasted, but we’re leaving you. It’s time to move on. It’s time for something else. It’s time for SPRING! Well, it’s almost time for spring! The official start of the season is just over one month away, and we’re already on countdown. We can’t wait for spring to descend upon our forests and for them to burst into life!

 

Prepare to spring forward

The clocks go forward on Sunday, 26th of March. We’re telling you this now so you can put the date in your diary and start planning how you’re going to spend that extra hour!

 

Need some ideas? Here are 20:

 

  1. Start a life planner, writing down your goals and dreams for the future.

 

  1. Create the ultimate workout playlist.

 

  1. Spring clean the most cluttered room in your house.

 

  1. Catch up with a friend you haven’t seen in a while.

 

  1. Make a start on the book you bought yourself ages ago.

 

  1. Pick a new outdoor running route and convince your other half to join you.

 

  1. Have some ‘me’ time by indulging in a hot, bubbly bath (glass of wine optional).

 

  1. Bake a cake with your kids.

 

  1. Sign-up to a new class – Yoga? Pottery? French? Cooking?

 

  1. Switch off all tech and enjoy some quality time with your family.

 

  1. Lie-in without feeling guilty about it.

 

  1. Write a poem for someone special.

 

  1. Research and plan your next adventure.

 

  1. Host a tea and cake afternoon at your house.

 

  1. Find yourself a quiet spot and meditate.

 

  1. Tend to the shrubbery in your back garden.

 

  1. Pump up your bike tyres and head out for a ride.

 

  1. Read up about a time in history that’s always intrigued you.

 

  1. Prepare a batch of wholesome lunches that you’ll actually look forward to eating next week.

 

  1. Lend a helping hand to a friend, family member or stranger.

 

Team Days Out at Go Ape

Oh, wait! We’ve got a couple more suggestions for you. How would you like to spend that extra hour embarking on a fun, outdoor activity with your tribe? We would highly recommend heading skyward for some monkey-themed fun in the treetops! There really is no better way to spend a Sunday than by swinging from tree to tree, taking on a whole host of obstacles as you go.

 

See what all the fuss is about and request a quote for your Go Ape adventure today!

 

See you soon!

When did you last really celebrate team success?

team bonding in the forest

Birthdays, weddings, christenings, anniversaries, graduations, Easter, Christmas, New Year, new job, new home (*takes a breath*)…any occasion is a cause for celebration! Let’s face it: we love to celebrate. Any opportunity to round-up our friends and family and have a good ol’ knees up, typically with some music, food, drinking and a spot of dancing.

 

Celebrating is fun –  it makes us feel good. So answer us this: when was the last time you celebrated team success in the office?

 

Don’t stop the party!

Your tribe are your greatest resource – they’re the reason why your company is the success it is today. “But they’re just doing their jobs.” Sure they are. But they’re doing their jobs well and are working incredibly hard, committing 110% to everything they do. And that certainly warrants some recognition!

 

As a tribe leader, it’s important to celebrate not just the major achievements, but also your tribe’s efforts in accomplishing their goals. Regularly celebrating your tribe and all their hard work is important because it…

 

– Promotes a positive workplace culture

 

– Helps your tribe recognise what’s working well and why

 

– Allows your tribe to develop a success mindset

 

– Motivates your tribe to keep working hard and achieve more

 

– Makes your tribe feel great!

 

So…how to celebrate?

 

There are tonnes of ways to commend your tribe’s efforts, but how can you celebrate them? Your tribe deserve more than a “thank you,”don’t you agree? They deserve to be treated to a fun, social activity where they can all let their hair down and have some fun! Can you think of any activities that fit the description?

 

We can (*drumroll please*)…Go Ape! If swinging from tree to tree with your tribe for a couple of hours isn’t fun, then we don’t know what is!

 

A celebration in the treetops, how about that? Heading up high, you’ll take on as assortment of obstacles, from nets and bridges to stirrups and tunnels. You’ll leap off of platforms in a Tarzan fashion, and whoosh through the air via zip wire.

 

Your tribe are bound to appreciate a break from the office. It’s a chance for them to switch off for the day and soak up the sights, sounds and experiences of the forest. And after a day in the great outdoors, they’re bound to return to work feeling refreshed, revitalised, and ready to achieve more and make you proud(er)!

 

From the tree tops to exploring the forest floor

If you fancy a more down-to-earth adventure, you could always treat your tribe to a cruise around the forest floor – aboard our all-terrain Segways! We’d say that it’s a more peaceful alternative to our Tree Top Adventure; an activity that doesn’t require too much effort, apart from mastering the art of balance.

 

If you want to go all-out with your celebrations, then you can combine the two activities for the ultimate Go Ape day out! We can put on a spread for your tribe as an extra too – all you need to do is decide whether you fancy a forest BBQ or a more simple picnic lunch!

 

So go on…let Go Ape help you celebrate! If you want to find out more about our mid-week corporate days out, just request a quote from one of our hairy tribe and they’ll give you a call back at a time that’s convenient to you.

 

Catch you in the treetops soon!

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