Corporate Team Building Brings Out The True Personalities Of Your Staff

Let The Individuals Shine Within A Fun Team Setting

Understanding the personality types that make up your workforce, and using team bonding activities to get the most of their unique character traits.

The teams in your workplace are made up of a wide variety of personalities. Coming from all walks of life, with different religions, genders and backgrounds, your employees may not naturally choose to spend time together in any setting other than the workplace. Yet, together they must work as a team, all striving to produce results for your organisation. The difficulty is that personalities can clash and cause conflict, which may spell disaster for your bottom line. So how can you help your team to bond effectively, whilst allowing the individual personalities of your team to shine? The answer is with corporate team building.

Identifying Personality Types In The Workplace

Many of the personalities that you come across in the office can be grouped into the following categories:

Ambitious – keen to be a leader, with a view to promotion in the near future, this personality wants to shine by being the ‘best’ at every task. Whilst their aims are often in line with the vision of the company, it can be tricky to manage an ambitious employee if they’re happy to step on the toes of their colleagues.

Introverts – often the people to shy away from after-work drinks, the quieter members of your team may actually be some of the most hard-working and pillars of your organisation.

Ego – similar to the ambitious type, those with an ego love to stand out, but you may find that they take credit for work and ideas that were generated by their fellow team-members.

The Ticking Time-Bomb – many organisations have a red-faced employee who is always close to boiling point. Whilst it is important that staff have passion towards achieving company goals, it’s essential that angry employees are dealt with carefully so that they don’t affect the reputation of your business or the mood of your other employees.

Negative Ninny – some people are natural worriers, but unfortunately their anxiety can spread and lower staff morale across your organisation. Positive communication is key here.

How Corporate Team Building Can Help

If you’re looking for activities to bring all of your varying office personality types together, aiming to reach the same goal, whilst having barrels of fun along the way – then corporate team building is an excellent investment. If you’re looking for corporate team building ideas in London for example, then you won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re looking to host a team day at your offices, in one of London’s spacious parks, or hit the streets for a challenge, there are countless ways to bring your team together. Choose from activities such as Urban Art for a creative exercise, an indoor Crystal Maze challenge to work on logic and time-challenges, or a Trading Floor experience to hone those investor skills.

The key to this type of corporate bonding experience is to break up your staff into teams that allow each member to offer their individual skills to the group. If you’re looking to uplift the mood of a negative ninny, then put them in charge of PR for the day and express the need to convey a positive message. Alternatively, an ego-driven employee should be encouraged to cheer on their fellow teammates.

Give corporate team-building a go, and you’ll be amazed at how it brings together the various personalities within your organisation.

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Truckers are the Unsung Heroes of the Business World

Paying Tribute to The Men and Women Behind the Wheel of Commerce

The captains of industry who develop innovative products get all the plaudits. But it would all be for nothing without our transportation infrastructure.

The world is full of great innovators, who are credited with delivering products and services that have revolutionised our lives. Alan Sugar played a major role in bringing personal computing to the masses in the 1980s. Then at the turn of the millennium, Steve Jobs brought us the wonders of mobile technology and was largely responsible for the smartphone revolution.

Except that’s not entirely true. In Europe, and indeed across the globe, whether it is in the USA or the vastness of Australia, the economy really runs on wheels. Without road freight, these product innovations would never make it out of the warehouses and onto the shelves. Here, we take a look at the important role of the men and women who keep the economy rolling across the motorways, autoroutes and highways.

European road freight continues to rise

The latest available figures show that in 2016, European road freight transport went up by 4.5 percent over the previous year. This was the highest it had been in five years, and is the clearest signal yet of a continuing slow but steady recovery in the overall European economy since the dip experienced in 2012.

More than half of the freight we see being transported on Europe’s roads is travelling long distance. Much of this can be explained by the immense growth seen in emerging markets such as Lithuania, Romania and Poland. UK freight companies are seeing increasing trade with these markets and are offering regular groupage services, at least once per week.

Are there alternatives?

There are always alternatives, but as far as European transportation goes, none of them are compelling. Air freight is fast but expensive, sea freight is slow and inefficient, and as for the trains – the European rail network is at breaking point, and has suffered from so many delays and failures over recent months that shippers have lost all confidence in it. The entire infrastructure needs a major overhaul that will take years.

Meanwhile, road freight is cost effective and at the same time offers speed, flexibility, and reliability. And that is thanks to the unique individuals behind the wheel who often spend weeks on the road keeping the European economy flowing.

What does the future hold?

Technology plays an important role in every part of our lives, and across every industry. The road freight sector is no different. Already, freight companies are using technology to help shippers and receivers track their cargo in real time every step of the way. If there is a delay due to traffic congestion in the middle of Belgium, they will know about it, and be briefed on the revised delivery time.

Going forward, this is an exciting time for the transport industry. Electric vehicles are certain to supersede diesel at some point in the coming years, while increased automation and smart safety technology, such as automatic braking will make the roads safer for everyone.

For those unsung heroes who literally deliver the conveniences of the modern age, that can only be good news.

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Cold Food Transport Brings Supermarket Prices Down

Positive Knock-On Effect Of Germany’s Efficient Distributions

Ever wondered why German brands Aldi and Lidl are claiming a larger market share of the UK supermarkets year on year?

Germany has been ranked top of the World Bank’s Logistic Performance Index which analyses the efficiency of supply chain networks in both domestic and international markets. Attributes that are considered when determining Germany’s position as world leader of logistics include the quality of infrastructure available for trade and transport, shipment prices that are competitively priced, reliability of delivery times and the ability to track and trace consignments.

Success Of German Operations In The UK

Synonymous with efficiency, it is Germany’s ability to produce top class logistics that is partly responsible for the international success of the nation’s own supermarket brands such as Aldi and Lidl. Both companies are growing steadily within the UK and are rivalling the biggest names in the industry. Aldi has recently overtaken the Co-Op to become our fifth largest supermarket chain with a market share of 6.9%, whilst Lidl has also beaten luxury brand Waitrose into seventh place with a healthy industry portion of 5%. The combined share of both Aldi and Lidl has increased 80% since 2013, proving that our love of German brands doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down.

Brits Love Low Prices

One of the draws of both these German supermarket chains is the low cost of groceries, which is made possible by focusing on a limited range of goods as well as the low cost of cold food transportation that has brought the food to the UK. As cold food transporters such as Kuehl Speed expand out of Germany to bring more efficient and reliable courier methods to the supermarket industry, Aldi and Lidl are set to double the number of UK stores they hold. This in turn will continue the price war with bigwigs Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons, forcing their prices down lower to the delight of British shoppers.

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Health and Safety Team Building Events

Enhance Cross-Departmental Collaboration At Any Time Of Year

Health and safety is one of the most important aspects of industrial business and studies have shown that teams that work together well are less likely to suffer from accidents in the workplace. So let’s look at team activities to help build a stronger team this year.

If you’re looking to enhance productivity and boost the team spirit of your internal departments, then corporate team building events are a must. They allow your employees to step outside of the relative comfort zone of the office environment and to try new activities, which when done well are an incredibly fun day out for all involved.

However, there are such an extensive range of team building activities available that it can be difficult to choose one that is ideal for your organisation, particularly when you have to think about the logistics of finding space either at your office, in a hotel event venue or risk going outdoors in the good old British weather. While no-one can predict the latter, here are some team building options that are suitable for the various seasons of the year.

Spring

When the weather is still a little Arctic outside, it can often make sense to book an indoor team-building activity so that your team is able to make the most of the experience without worrying about keeping warm. A Crystal Maze activity is ideal in all weathers – participants are split into teams and get to complete tasks in a variety of different Physical, Mental, Mystery and Skill games with the opportunity to win a crystal for their efforts. As the finale, the crystals are converted into seconds that each team spends in the ultimate arena of the Crystal Dome. Teams must grab as many golden tickets as they can within their allotted time and those with the most win the coveted crystal trophy!

Summer

Summer team building activities are exceptionally fun and can even save you money on venue costs if you opt to host your event in a local park. One of the most popular events is an ‘It’s a Knockout’ style tournament which is the perfect way to bring out the competitive nature of your employees whilst enjoying some incredibly silly behaviour. Your team members can enjoy battling against each other in hilarious games involving crazy costume relays, giant inflatables and throwing water-filled sponges.

Autumn

With the summer holidays over, signalling start of term for the kids, why not hold a ‘Back to School’ event for your team too? Your employees are bound to enjoy the nostalgic nature of games such as the Egg and Spoon race, Blindfold Sprint and the Backwards Long Jump. The day concludes with an enormous team relay race and medals aplenty will be dished out to successful competitors.

Winter

Morale is often high in the pre-Christmas period, as the festive spirit seeps into the office and encourages a positive atmosphere. Why not capitalise on this natural boost in morale by rewarding your team with a team bonding experience that can double as a Christmas party. As well as the typical celebrations that you might expect, you can also incorporate Christmas team-building games which are guaranteed to encourage cross-team relationships.

These are only a small selection of seasonal team building activities that are available – have a think about the size of your team, the end goal of what you’d like to achieve from your corporate bonding and the personalities that make up your various departments. This will allow you to narrow down the selection and create an experience that is effective for both your team members and your company.

 

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Is Your Business Wiring Safe?

The importance of ensuring your business wiring is safe and meets your requirements. Hiring electricity generators if extensive wiring work is required.

Checking for safe wiring and how to stay operational if work is required

It’s obviously very important to ensure your business wiring is safe and capable of providing a reliable supply. There’s also the legal implications of providing a safe workplace and complying with Health and Safety regulations, so regular checks and remedial work is important. Thanks to alternative power sources such as portable generators, this needn’t disrupt your workload.

What electrical safety measures are required?

There are certain basic wiring requirements for electrical installations (IET Wiring Regulations), and these cover various aspects of a typical electrical installation such as the fusebox, switchgear, power sockets, light fittings and the wiring itself.

The type of wiring and its condition is taken into account; for example, black rubber coatings on wiring has been superseded by PVC insulation.

How to ensure your wiring is safe

It’s not really a job for anyone other than a qualified electrician. They will inspect your wiring for safety using the IET regulations as a benchmark and provide a full report; their inspection could take half or even a full day.

Ensure your electrician is NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) certified, and arrange to have an inspection done at least every five years. If your premises is leased or rented, then ensure your landlord has had regular electrical inspections carried out.

Is your wiring adequate for your needs?

Even if your wiring is safe structurally, it may be inadequate for the demands you’re placing on it – effectively meaning it could soon become unsafe. This information from the Health and Safety Executive website could prove helpful.

Sockets – do you have enough of them? With the amount of electrical equipment in use in modern workplaces, with some of it often permanently switched on, you may be constantly having to plug and unplug equipment to provide power – or find yourself over-using splitters and extension cables.

If this is the case, some additional sockets may be required. A larger space with only one or two sockets could indicate relatively old wiring.

Fusebox – if it’s an older design with renewable or wire fuses it could likely require replacing; your electrician can advise. If you have a newer looking fusebox, it doesn’t necessarily mean your wiring is also new.

Tripping, cut outs and dimming –

power interruptions, especially if the main trip switch ‘trips,’ could indicate an overloaded wiring system as would lights dimming or flickering periodically.

Keep powered up even if wiring work is required

If a new wiring system is required, possible in an older business premises, then you don’t have to suffer major business disruptions as you can keep the power on using a generator. These can be hired for a short period or longer from companies such as this generator hire in Hertfordshire specialist.

You can choose a model to hire of a power output suitable for your business needs along with related equipment such as cabling and connectors. The hire company will usually deliver the generator to your business place and collect when you’re finished with it.

Check the generator hire company you use is industry qualified such as holding ISO 9001 and 14001 certification, and that they’re happy to advise on what equipment to use based on your requirements.

A popular power alternative

Generators are a popular option, and indeed play a very important part in circumstances where any kind of power outage would be inconvenient. Hospitals and data centres where computer servers have to be running at all times are typical examples, and many have generators in place ready to step in as and when required.

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The Logistics Of European Trade

Transporting goods to Europe

The EU is our biggest trading partner, and road freight transport plays a key role in transporting goods to and from the continent.

As well as our nearest neighbour, Europe is also our biggest trade partner, with 44% (or £250 million) of UK exports going to the continent last year. In order to export goods and services, companies need to have an effective freight transport and delivery system in place. And in the UK and Europe, the majority of deliveries are carried out by road, with the road freight transport sector ferrying over 46 million tonnes of goods each day in 2016.

Getting the logistics right

While European trade is important to both individual businesses and the wider economy, it takes a lot of careful planning and preparation to get right. In order to satisfy customer requirements, freight and haulage companies have to ensure that goods are delivered on time, to the right location, and in the right condition. For countries with well-established trade routes this is often fairly straightforward, but for emerging markets in Eastern Europe for example, more care sometimes needs to be taken to ensure things go to plan.

For example, for all trade deliveries it’s vital for companies to have access to accurate and effective tracking systems so that they can keep tabs on their vehicles and cargo throughout the delivery journey, and troubleshoot any problems that may arise.

In this, as in other areas, the use of technology can make a big difference to performance, and the freight and logistics sector is beginning to recognise and embrace the opportunities offered by smart tech and digital applications. From the automation of paper-based processes, through to the monitoring of vehicle health, and enhanced tracking and notification capabilities, digital technology has the potential to streamline services, helping to improve accuracy and further increase efficiency.
The advent of new technology, along with the availability of goods consolidation and groupage services, means that transporting goods across Europe is becoming easier and ever-more efficient, and many small businesses are benefiting from the lower costs this brings.

The Brexit effect?

Of course, with Brexit on the horizon, we can expect to see some significant changes to how we trade with and transport goods across Europe. One of the main concerns within the sector is that leaving the customs union and single market could lead to additional checks and processes at border crossings, which in turn could result in increased transport costs and a higher likelihood of delays. Other potential issues surround a potential shortage of workers (many of whom are currently from the EU), and changes to regulations

All of these factors would make it difficult for logistics company to meet the levels of service required by their customers throughout the supply chain, and could have a knock-on effect throughout the sector.  With Article 50 only recently being triggered, however, it’s far too early to predict with any accuracy what will happen, and the sector is doing its best to lobby for a fair deal.

What is certain is that Europe will remain a key trading partner for many UK businesses, and the logistics and haulage sector will continue to play a vital role in our economy.

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