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How Letting People Work From Home Benefits Your Business

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The remote working revolution is nigh and each year, more and more businesses make the decision to give their tribes the option of working from home.

If you’re yet to embrace this flexible way of working, then you’re already late to the party!

 

Whether it’s for one or several days a week, giving your tribe free rein of where they work has many benefits – and not just for your employees! Let’s take a look at some of the ways remote working can prove advantageous for your business:

Productivity boost

 

A Harvard Business Review study, which analysed the efficiency of staff working in a particular call centre, found that productivity jumped by a whopping 30% when they were offered the choice of working from home. And we all know what a boost to productivity means…a boost to your business’ bottom line! It might not suit everyone, but certain members of your tribe might feel like they’re less distracted at home than in the office (especially if they’re sat next to Linda the loud mouth).

Greater loyalty

 

Giving your tribe the option to work from home is like telling them – “I don’t need to see you to trust that you’ll do your job!” You’re also essentially letting your tribe customise their own work schedules and saving them the hassle of enduring the dreaded, daily commute. You’re helping them to strike that gloriously golden work/life balance, and you can be sure that they’ll express their gratitude through hardwork and loyalty.

Healthier, happier tribe

 

Sans the daily commute, employees who work from home find that they have more time to squeeze in some exercise, whether it’s a morning run or an evening bike ride to de-stress and reconnect with nature. Healthy tribe members are less likely to fall ill and take days off sick – they are also happier and more productive! A win-win…win?!

Cut down costs

 

There’s no doubt about it: having all staff centrally located in an office is expensive. There’s the cost of space, electricity, equipment and other things like free food and drink. Having staff work remotely can help to keep these costs to a minimum. At the same time, utilising tools like cloud hosting and communication platforms (think Skype and Huddle) means you won’t need to invest in in-house infrastructure such as servers, meaning more money saved!

 

It’s greener

 

Now more than ever, companies are being scrutinised for the steps they take to limit their impact on the environment. If you’re reducing the amount of electricity you use or ink cartridges you buy thanks to remote working, then great news: you’re shrinking your carbon footprint at the same time! Also, by allowing your tribe to work from home, you’re reducing the number of cars (with their nasty fumes) that are on our roads. Flexible working is a greener choice, for sure!

 

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!

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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 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.

Why an office dog is as essential as a desk

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How nice is that doggy in the office, wagging his cute little tail?

Today we present to you the mightily underappreciated creature known as the ‘office dog’.

Who let the dogs out? We did!

Here at Go Ape, we have our own herd of office dogs. They wander aimlessly around, digging in the dirt and chasing their tail around trees like nobody’s business. They have a whole forest for walkies after all!

And we’ve noticed this interesting phenomenon: on the days one of our pooches ambles into the office, the whole place perks up substantially. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that office dogs are essential rather than optional, for us anyway.

They’re not part of the furniture, or an added extra, they’re one of the things that makes it worth getting up and going to work in the morning. They make us human beings wag our metaphorical tails.

We’re just part of the pack

We’re by no means the first company to ever paw-therise dogs in the office, and plenty of big wigs such as Blue Cross and Nestle have a ‘dog-ffice’ environment, too, where people can bring in their lovable canines. But there are plenty of places out there that don’t, and we want to know why.

Why aren’t you letting the dogs be free and wild, able to settle down and nap near the water cooler? Who doesn’t need that in their life (unless you’re allergic of course, in which case, we completely see the issue)?

Have a ‘ruff’ task to get through?

According to the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, dogs reduce stress hormone levels, making human beings in the near vicinity 24% more trusting than usual. That’s a blooming huge difference.

Because it helps relax people, they’re also more likely to be productive (wahey!), meaning a nice office dog could help them beast through that super tough task that was making them really stressed in the first place.

Dogs are like catnip for people

In fact, it’s even thought that the bump in relaxation and productivity can have a significant impact on profits – yep, you heard us right – a doggy or two could even help increase how much your business makes. If that doesn’t incentivise you to follow our lead (teehee), we’re not sure what will.

Man (and woman)’s best friend, dogs are one of those wonderful things that make life seem infinitely better. Why not ask at your office if you can bring your four-legged friend into work? Don’t forget to mention that evidence shows that it could pay off for the business in the long-term.

Woof! Woof! Until next time!

 

Are you looking for ways to perk up your office? If you don’t have a pet dog to hand, how about some quality time together as a team outside of the office? Take a look at Go Ape’s team building days and request a quote today.

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