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Go Ape takes on the Workplace Games

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Last week, we took our own advice and got out of the office to tackle the Suffolk Workplace Games. Though we didn’t take home any of the shiny trophies (watch this space), we had an amazing day out, mixing teams and making memories.

Like many businesses, at Banana HQ we have multiple departments living under the same roof, whom we would like to see an awful lot more than we do. So, with an epic team day on the horizon, the sales, marketing, IT, finance, business development and HR teams all headed to Ipswich for the day.

Let the games commence

If you haven’t heard of the Suffolk Workplace Games before, just imagine an adult sport’s day. Throughout the day, we took on multiple competitive sports challenges where our opposing teams were other businesses around Suffolk. At 11am the softball tournament began, followed by volleyball, walking football, archery and many more challenges. Though the weather wasn’t always our friend, we had a great time, once again taking our own advice that “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”

By the end of the day, we had a belly full of laughs (and a hog roast too). A firm favourite moment from the day was watching our MD furiously power-walking after a stray ball during “walking football.” If you’ve never played, we highly recommend it.

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Here’s what we thought

Here are some of the comments from our teams. We definitely left the Workplace Games as a slicker, more united tribe. What more could we ask for?

“My highlights were walking football and the concentration on people’s faces – and Alex dragging Bex along the floor when she went down during the 3-legged race. It’s fair to say, team Orangutan didn’t get that high on the leader board!” – Libby, CRM Manager

“Awesome day! Who thought walking around a football pitch would be so much fun!”  – Sarah, Events Organiser

“It was a great day, everyone was in stitches and found talents they never even knew they had! Highlight of my day had to be watching everyone playing walking football – there were some hilariously eye-watering techniques!” – Georgina, People Assistant

“The highlight of my day was the team morale! Even when we were losing everyone was still smiling, still boosting the team spirit and working well together! Even the rain couldn’t stop us!” Ash – Payroll Administrator

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 no obligation quote today. We hope to see you in the trees soon.

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Top teamwork films to inspire your tribe!

Popcorn Movie
Popcorn at the ready!

Now, for all our differences and idiosyncrasies, there’s one thing that we all have in common: we all adore a good film!

Maybe you’re a horror fan who gets a buzz from being spooked. Or, maybe you prefer films that have you on the edge of your sofa from the off. Perhaps you enjoy marvelling at mega-glitzy blockbusters rammed with jaw-dropping special effects. Or, maybe you love nothing more than to spend Saturday nights curled up with bar of choccy and hugging a box of tissues, sobbing your heart out to a mushy, girl-meets-boy romcom.

Genres aside, every film makes us feel. Moving pictures have the potential to elicit every type of emotion from within us. We feel anger, pain, excitement, satisfaction, happiness…you name it, we can experience it.

Films can also teach us a thing or two. They can educate us and help us to learn about things like periods in history or cultures different from our own. And, they can also help teach tribes how to be better tribes!

Did someone say ‘Friday afternoon filmathon’?! We’ve picked some of our fave flicks that not only have great storylines, but will also inspire great teamwork among your tribe! Here they are…

Apollo 13

In this classic, a bunch of spacemen have to work together to solve an almost-impossible problem to guarantee their safe return to earth. There’s a good few lessons in leadership in Apollo 13, with Gene Krantz and Jim Lovell’s ability to control the chaos giving a huge confidence boost to the team on-board.

Remember the Titans

This film depicts the real-life tale of newly-appointed African-American coach as he struggles to unite his racially-integrated team. Through all their differences, they share the same goal: to win the state football championships. There’s tension, trials and tribulations in this movie, which delivers potent messages on trust, leadership, dedication and sacrifice.

Coach Carter

An equally inspiring film based on Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter. A dysfunctional team is united by their love of the sport, with each player yearning to be part of something bigger and better. As the plot unfurls, Carter’s the team goes from strength to strength, teaching us valuable lessons in discipline, courage and how to overcome adversity.

The Great Escape

A group of 250 men escape from a German prisoner of war camp in 1944, with success contingent on establishing individual roles among and working as a unit. Each person must come together to share their own knowledge and expertise in order to foil their captors and initiate an escape of epic proportions.

Cool Runnings

The message of this film? Nothing’s impossible when you work together as a team! Four Jamaican bobsledders dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, even though they’ve never set their eyes on snow. Cool Runnings is a tale of true determination, not to mention the ultimate feel-good flick!

What other films would you add to the list? 
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.

The World’s Coolest Offices

Team meeting in the office

Does your office feel more drab than fab? Do your surroundings leave you feeling more tired than inspired? Maybe you need an office shake up!

 

Our workspaces can have a huge impact on both our mental and physical health. A well-designed office has been linked to improved productivity, lowered stress levels and overall happier workers. After all, no one wants to work in a dull, colourless and dark space. It goes against our nature-loving nature!

 

A simple rearrange of desks, the introduction of a little greenery or some furry, four-legged friends are all foolproof ways to turn your office from glum to fun. But if you need a little inspiration – we’ve got you covered.

 

We all know that waking up early for work can be hard enough, but if our offices were anything like the ones we’re about to mention, we’d have no trouble rolling out of bed in the morning. So, without further ado, here are five of the world’s coolest offices (please excuse us while we pitch these ideas to our top banana…)

 

Selgas Cano Architecture Office

 

Straight out of a Go Ape dream, Selgas Cano Architecture Office is a vision of how a work/nature balance should be. The office belongs to a Spanish architectural firm, who set up their workspace in the heart of the forest. They didn’t just want to be surrounded by forest, though, they wanted to be within it – so they installed floor to ceiling windows that run the length of the building!

 

Airbnb

 

Unsurprisingly, this juggernaut of a company has a pretty enviable HQ. Found in San Francisco, the Airbnb head office has rooms inspired by places on the earth; there is a Mumbai café, a Rio de Janeiro living room and lots and lots of bright, open space.

 

DTAC HQ

 

Situated in a high-rise stretching above Bangkok, Thailand, this wooden wonder is home to a library, amphitheatre, indoor running tracks, tennis tables (just like here at Banana HQ) and a rooftop terrace that overlooks the city.

 

Innocent Smoothies

 

Any company that champions healthy eating and sustainability is a friend of ours, but their London office really takes the cake (or should we say, fruit cake?). There are unlimited smoothies for all staff, swishy AstroTurf floors and employees are encouraged to work in a different place each day so they can meet as many people as possible.

 

Google

 

Did you really think we’d make it through a list of cool offices without mentioning the mother of them all? Google offices have slides, sleeping pods and you can have meetings in repurposed cable cars! Google has always been way ahead of the curve, but with everything from flexible working, free food and free sanitary items in every bathroom, they sure know how to look after staff.

 

Don’t worry if acquiring offices like these if off the menu, because there are smaller things you can do to boost morale. Office dogs have also been linked to happier staff, as they can lower stress, encourage communication between co-workers and create a welcoming, inclusive environment. Plus, who doesn’t want to spend their break cuddling a puppy!?

 

Personally, here at Banana HQ, we find that filling up any space with lovely, green plants gives us a boost – and not just because of how fresh it makes the air! Office-based greenery has been known to alleviate stress, heighten productivity, improve health and not to mention, they look lovely! Whether you opt for a succulent, spider plant or peace lily, giving your office a natural lift is good for your head and your heart.

 

Another stress-busting tactic is a spending time in the trees at Go Ape. Ditch the dreary office and opt for the trees instead! Spend the day Segwaying along the forest’s understory or up, up, up in the air as you whoosh down a zip wire! Exercise (and exhilarating heights) are known for their tension-ridding and team building ways, so why not swing by?

 

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.

Office dos and dont’s

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Ever heard of the phrase ‘office etiquette’? It basically means conducting yourself respectfully and courteously at work.

We spend a lot of time with our work chums. In fact, sometimes it feels like we see them more than our own families. We spend eight hours a day in a confined space, working alongside colleagues with different personality traits, quirks and opinions – so good office manners is mega important for avoiding unnecessary tension.

So, whatever kind of office you work in, here are some essential dos and don’ts:

Do: Say ‘good morning’ to your colleagues as you walk through the door.

Don’t: Think it’s OK to sing, hum or tap your feet to every single song that comes on the radio, regardless of how much you like them.

Do: Wash your hands after visiting the bathroom!

Don’t: Chat to your best pal on the phone at your desk, about that thing, for ten minutes while the people around you are trying to work. Take it outside!

Do: Close your mouth when eating your lunch. No one wants to see or hear you munching that grab-size bag of crisps.

Don’t: Be afraid to speak up and talk to a manager if you don’t feel happy or if something’s bothering you.

Do: Bring in treats for your tribe. Everyone one loves a homemade cupcake!

Don’t: Gloat consistently about your own success and achievement – be humble!

Do: Return the favour by offering to make your tribe a cuppa (handing out some biccies is will earn you extra brownie points).

Don’t: Bring lunches that are particularly pungent into the office i.e. fish soup.

Do: Clean up your desk at the end of the day and put your mug in the dishwasher, not in the sink!

Don’t: Turn up to work with the flu and spend the day coughing and spluttering over your keyboard. Do yourself and everyone else – a favour and rest up in bed!

Do: Express gratitude to anyone who helps you out, for instance, when a colleague gives you some ideas for a project.

Don’t: Rock-up to work wearing your weekend clobber if everyone else dresses smart.

Do: Offer to help colleagues out when you’re light on work and can see that they’re snowed under with it.

Don’t: Gossip about your colleagues or managers, as doing this makes for an unhealthy work environment.

Do: Encourage your tribe to get to know one another better outside of work. You could always come and swing through the trees at Go Ape!

Don’t: Steal a colleague’s special mug simply because yours is dirty – wash it up!

Do: Smile!

Don’t: forget to think and work as a team. Set shared goals, help one another out, talk openly about issues. That way, you can ensure your office is a happy, healthy and productive space to work!

 

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.
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