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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.)

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.

What’s your objective?

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Getting the best out of your tribe is a priority that’s bound to top the to-do list of any good manager – it’s just the working out how to do it that can be something of a challenge!

A recent study, conducted last year by the University of Warwick, found that happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity amongst workers and that it was the companies that invested in employee satisfaction that were the most successful at raising their employees’ rates of happiness.

So, if your overall aim is to boost positive vibes in the workplace, it goes to follow that you, as tribe leader, need to work out the necessary objectives to get those smiles flashing all around!

All you need to do is ask yourself: what’s your primary objective?

If you’re looking to bind your tribe by improving communication and strengthening relationships, you might want to get them focused on shared activities where they have a common goal and an incentive to work together.

If you’re looking to boost performance by igniting that spirit of achievement, you might want to introduce an element of competition to your team-building efforts – a little friendly competition never hurt anyone!

And if you’re just hoping to inject a little fun into your staff get-together, why not think outside the box and choose an original experience that your tribe can share?

A well-planned staff team-building day is one of the most popular ways to achieve all of these objectives in one fell swoop. And luckily for you, here at Go Ape we offer a range of excellent activities that knock the ball out of the park in every one of these categories. Allow us to host your tribe for the day and we guarantee they’ll be talking about the experience for weeks to come!

Team-building that suits your tribe

Your workforce is made up of a number of individuals and (unless you’re particularly lucky), they probably all have quite different ideas as to what makes the ideal staff day out. Planning your corporate team-building day with Go Ape means that you can build a day that suits your tribe down to the ground… or if the ground isn’t quite cutting it for them, you can send them up into the trees!

Our Tree Top Adventure course is ideal for both small and large corporate groups; your tribe will need to communicate and support each other to navigate the high ropes, leap from our Tarzan swings and launch themselves down zip lines. Talk about an adrenaline buzz!

You could combine this activity with the rather more sedate but no less exciting Forest Segway experience. Your team will move as a pack through the trees, bouncing over rugged terrain on our self-balancing segways. You can even add a mountain biking excursion to your adventure in the forest!

Finally, we believe that the tribe that indulges together, stays together. We can arrange for delicious welcome refreshments to be ready on your arrival: a tasty bacon and fruit brunch, a relaxing Forest BBQ, or a specially packed picnic lunch.

Choose Go Ape for your tribe’s team-building day and tick off your objectives one by one! Get a quick corporate event quote now.

Results or people: what’s more important to you?

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All leaders must be results-driven in some way. Leaders have a responsibility to set targets – both personal and shared – and ensure that those targets are not only met, but exceeded.

Setting targets is an effective way to measure performance, allowing leaders to gauge whether they’re on the right track to achieving great results, or if more work is needed.

But, what should leaders prioritise? Is it effective practice to become fixated on end results and boosting bottom lines? Well, yes and no…

It’s not the destination

Strong results lead to strong profits and business success, so of course it’s important to always be aware of desired outcomes. But, you know the saying, ‘It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey?’ Well, we think it has a rightful place in the business world.

Rather than focusing on the end result (the destination), you should focus on the process that will allow you to reach that result (the journey). In particular, you should focus your attention on the people who are going to help you reach your destination, i.e., your tribe! You’re not going to get great results alone, and your tribe are pivotal to your success. So when it comes to whether results or people are more important, the answer’s pretty simple: people, as it’s great people who’ll help you to get great results!

A great leader

…And guess what? If you want a great team and great results, then you’ve got to be a great leader! And being a great leader means far more than possessing good communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills.

A great leader is someone who educates and guides their team. They don’t talk at their team but with their team; they listen to what employees have to say and they take action. A great leader is someone who invests in employee development, ensuring their team is equipped with the skills, tools and training necessary to develop and flourish!

Tit for tat

If you care for your tribe – as in, genuinely care for them – then they’ll care for you and the company in return. They’ll feel more happy and comfortable in their job and will give 110% to everything they do. And that’s when you’ll start seeing great results.

It’s an ‘I scratch your back’ kind of scenario. In order to be results-driven, you need to stop focusing on the results and start focusing on your tribe!

How about starting off with a trip out of the office to Go Ape? A day swinging through the trees is a great way for you and your tribe to unwind, but it also strengthens areas of teamwork by building confidence, fostering relationships and improving communication skills among employees.

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