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Benefits Of Team Building Activities

To Bring People Together

Over the past several years, businesses have been seen to be moving towards workplaces where collaboration and cooperation between staff is the secret to success as opposed to the highly competitive work environments of yesteryear.

Companies have started undertaking regular team building activities as part of this change. The activities may range from a short, problem-solving activity to retreats that last a few days. While some people might view team building activities as a ‘nice break’ away from work, they actually have an important purpose, which is developing the knowledge and skills of your staff.

If you organise team building activities with a purpose and objectives behind planning them, your organisation will reap numerous benefits.

To Boost Productivity

Boosting productivity is one of the commonest goals of team building activities. Take the opportunities to identify ways of improving the 3 Ps (i.e. procedures, processed, and policies) likely to impact productivity. If you encourage employees to learn to work together in a more effective way and reduce duplication of effort, then employees will work more efficiently.

To Increase Motivation

Team building activities can be used for increasing employee motivation as well as the nurturing of a successful company culture in several ways. If a group of employees complete a team building activity successfully it helps create momentum and makes them feel good about themselves, it increases the confidence of employees in their own ability as well as that of the team, and also shows employees that the organisation is ready to invest in them.

To Increase Collaboration

Greater collaboration between employees is one of the key benefits of a planned team building activity that’s properly planned. Collaboration is about knowing who can answer what question or who has what knowledge, trusting them along with their experience and being able to access that individual when you actually need it. If you create activities that people experience and enjoy as a group, employees are able to build relationships and establish networks of contacts beyond their everyday role that can help them in the future.

To Encourage Creativity

If you want to have a successful business that’s based on innovation and creativity, it is important to hire people with different perspectives and levels of expertise to ‘cross-pollinate’ the organisation with new ideas. Team building tasks that are out of the ordinary allow employees to use their imagination to develop creative solutions and help send the message that creativity and bouncing ideas off each other in the workplace is actually welcome.

To Boost Positive Reinforcement

Team building activities can also be used for providing recognition to employees by highlighting the work done by specific employees as well as the behaviours that have led to the recipient actually getting the recognition. If you incorporate recognition into your team building activities you help send a strong message to all attendees about your company values as well as what that means to your organisation’s success.

To Improve Communication

Improved communication between employees is probably …

The Top Reasons Marketing Professionals Are Choosing to Work Remotely

Woman working on laptop

More marking professionals are working from home now than ever before. It is believed that more of these professionals will start working remotely in the coming years. You may wonder why marketers are choosing to work from their homes instead of working in a traditional office. The Marketing Salary Survey of 2019 provides more insight into the many reasons these professionals have made such a change in their lives.

Less Time Spent Commuting

Many respondents agreed that spending less time commuting was one of several reasons for them to make the decision to work from home. The marketing professionals that responded to the survey were from several different areas, including London, Hertfordshire, and Essex (with most marketing manager jobs in London), and they know exactly how difficult it is to get through traffic during the workweek. Trying to commute from home to an office can take time, especially if there are a lot of other cars on the road. Traffic jams occur and can cause a lot of frustration for everyone involved.

If a person spends less time commuting, he or she can get straight to the work. As a result, the workday may end a bit sooner.

Higher Productivity Rates

Along with avoiding a commute, respondents often felt more productive when working right from home. Those working in the marketing industry often need to be creative and come up with some great ideas that work best for their clients. Because creativity is required, it helps to have these marketing professionals working in places where they can tap into their creative side and begin thinking outside the box. When working from home, marketers have that flexibility to take breaks when needed and to work when they are not being distracted by anything that is going on around them.

Availability For the Children and Loved Ones

Some marketing professionals are parents and they want to have more time to spend with their children. Although they love their jobs and the work they do, they want to have time to pick their children up from school and even take them to different types of extracurricular activities. Working remotely gives marketers that freedom to see their children more often and spend that extra quality time with them rather than depending on a sitter to do those things for them.

Aside from having more availability to care for the children, a work from home schedule gives marketers more time to spend with their loved ones. Many individuals have the responsibility of caring for an ageing or disabled loved one. If they are working from home, they will get to make a full-time income while still providing care for a loved one.

Improved Mental and Emotional Health

Research shows that roughly 54% of respondents claim to feel better when they are working from home instead of working in a traditional office. Some people naturally feel more at ease when they are at home and that is better for their mental and emotional health. Having …

Improving Mobility and Accessibility in Your Home

Composite front door

For many people, accessibility and mobility are challenges. So when designing your door, what things need to be considered if you need some help with staying mobile?

It includes those who have requirements that are clearly defined. For example, those who use a wheelchair, and even those who are simply getting a little older and might need a bit more help to remain mobile. As the UK population continues to live longer, the later stages of life are becoming increasingly important. Currently, around 18% of the UK population is at least 65 years old, and by 2046 this will skyrocket to 25%.

Remodelling and re-thinking how our homes are designed in order to fit in with changing requirements as we continue to live longer are going to be critically important for everyone. Not only for ourselves, but for our friends and family who may already have these requirements.

Improving the Accessibility of Entrance Doors

Entrance door sympathetic design is key to assisting individuals who have restricted mobility to be able to lead independent lives.

There are many things that a great door design can do to help support people who need a bit more help in order to stay mobile and help them minimise their risk of injury and maintain their independence.

According to figures from the government, approximately one-third of individuals who are 65 years and over, and about half of people 80 years and older in the UK, fall once a year at least, which causes loss of confidence, injury, pain, and distress.

Adding a ramp, railing, or handrail, can reduce risk and improve accessibility.

Ease of operation and reliability are key as well. PVC-U doors and composite doors, such as those offered by KJM Group, are practically maintenance free and are not subject to the warping and twisting that can impact timber door operation.

A low threshold is the most important thing that needs to be considered. A standard door’s threshold (the bottom part of the frame that is stepped over) is usually around 70mm. It is set at that height in order to seal the door and improve its thermal efficiency.

However, at 70mm, that can be challenging for people who have limited mobility and can make it hard to bump the wheels of a wheelchair over them.

A low threshold will sit at about 12mm high, which will improve the access for wheelchair users significantly.

Wheelchair Access Doors

If you use a wheelchair, there are several other specific things that need to be considered. Including the Minimum Effective Clear Opening Width (ECW).

It is recommended that 900mm is the ideal ECW. However, in older properties that cannot always be achieved.

There are other practical considerations as well. In order for a standard wheelchair to be able to turn 360 degrees, there needs to be 1500mm x 1500mm of space available. Therefore, it is important to ensure there is a clutter-free and clear space inside the door, the hallway, for example.

Also, doors should …