How To Get Rid Of The Destructive Silo Mentality In The Workplace

Oliver Sheer
There are few things that are more destructive to an organisation than silo mentality. What is that? It’s when teams within an organisation close themselves off to the rest of the business. They refuse to share information or collaborate without other departments – or individuals – within the business, and the knock on effect of this is that the business suffers from lowered morale, poor productivity, mistrust, and open conflict.

You do want your business’ teams to be close-knit groups and you want like-minded people to collaborate with one another. But at the same time you want to make sure that this doesn’t start to form silos within the organisation. To help prevent this from being an issue, there are five critical things that you should reinforce within the business.
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The Challenge of Improving Workplace Wellness

Kingsley Seale
All business owners want their workers to be healthy and happy so they can perform at their best. But have you ever considered the role that team building challenges can play in workplace wellness?

A healthy recommendation

Be Challenged recently received some wonderful recognition for our work in improving workplace culture and employee happiness. A well-respected provider of corporate health insurance plans – Bupa Corporate, featured us in an article on their blog, about ideas for improving wellness in the workplace. We have been talking about the positive effects of team building for a long time, and it was lovely to be featured in the “Inspiring Ideas for Workplace Wellness” article, as it really puts team building on the map as one of the ways Read more

Five Quick Steps To Improving Employee Engagement

Oliver Sheer

A report from Gallup shows that only 13% of employees across the globe are engaged in their work. This number is seriously concerning for businesses, at a time where employee retention is absolutely critical. With skilled employees becoming increasingly difficult to find, employee retention is the only way to guarantee that you keep critical skills within your business. However, engagement is a significant metric in determining an employee’s happiness and willingness to stay in the organisation, so when employee engagement is low, turnover tends to be high.
Highly engaged employees also work harder, and are more creative and innovative, driving better results within the Read more

The Difference Between A Leader And A Manager

Kingsley Seale

“Leaders” and “managers” are both bosses; they have staff working underneath them, and ultimately their job is to make sure that their teams are adding value to the organisation and operating to peak efficiency and productivity.
But in the modern workplace, the “manager” has become something of a dirty word; it implies a boss that isn’t able to achieve true leadership. It’s someone who isn’t keeping up with the pace of the modern workplace environment, and critically, a “manager” isn’t seen as particularly inspiring – especially towards millennials.
So, what are the character traits that define a “leader”, rather than a “manager?” There are four character traits in particular, and everyone who has the responsibility for managing teams of people should consider developing these traits in order to be Read more

Nine Critical Tips For Better Team Building

Oliver Sheer

Having a successful business requires the employees to come together and work well as teams. The more cohesive and effective the team, the greater the productivity back into business. Building a successful team doesn’t just happen automatically, and nor is it a matter of hiring the right people (though that’s also important). Building an effective team requires work and initiative from management, as well as clear policies and investment, with clearly defined end goals to work towards.

There are nine key things to keep in mind in developing a team building strategy:
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Team building delivering value within the workplace

Kingsley Seale

Team building delivering value within the workplace from Key Media on Vimeo.

Stu Robertson, CEO at Team Up Events says the traditional perception of team building is changing as organisations see the merits of using it as part of their employee engagement and development program. Robertson says team building is an important part of driving workplace culture, and can deliver real results.

CEO Magazine Feature

Oliver Sheer

Be Challenged Featured In The CEO Magazine

Six years ago, Be Challenged Managing Director, Oliver Sheer, and Director of Operations, Kingsley Seale, purchased the company. Having been friends and colleagues through much of their life, the two realised that a missing part of many businesses is the ability for teams to work closely and collaboratively to drive greater results. Their story, and the growth of Be Challenged itself, was recently highlighted in the highly prestigious The CEO Magazine.

You can read the full and in-depth feature here: http://www.theceomagazine.com/business/oliver-sheer-kingsley-seale/
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Company Team Building Games

Kingsley Seale

An engaging way to improve productivity and morale

Games are not just entertaining; they are highly engaging, too. They inspire the mind, improve mood, and are one of the most natural ways in which humans learn things. One of the best things that you can do to help build your team morale, cohesion, and effectiveness is to take them on a company team building games session.

We offer a huge range of games programs. Each has been carefully designed to help the players – your staff – get to know one another and work productively in a group together. They’ll get a better sense of one another’s respective strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to complement the skill sets of everyone in the team.

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When did you last visit the Zoo?

Oliver Sheer

If you haven’t been to the Zoo in a while then you are missing out! Not only is Taronga Zoo the best seat in the house to view magical Sydney Harbour but Be Challenged has just created the ultimate scavenger hunt around the Zoo using iPads and the new GPS app taking the world by storm called – Go Team.

If you are looking for the latest, interactive, hot of the press idea then Go Team is the product for you. With the flexibility to design and create trails anywhere around the world, Go Team has been a breath of fresh air to the Be Challenged creative team and a welcome new option to their clients.

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How Many Friends Do You Have?

Kingsley Seale

I was recently watching a segment about Facebook on the ABC and as you can imagine there were a number of differing views and opinions on the position that social media plays in our lives.

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