Staff Engagement

Why use our staff engagement services? 

Managing a team can be extremely challenging, especially during a time where everyone is less connected. Staff engagement is a way of encouraging your employees to work as a team rather than as individuals. This is crucial in a time where workplace wellbeing is needing to be prioritised. Creating a good workplace environment is important for building relationships within your company and maintaining a good standard of health for your team.

What staff engagement services do we offer?

Weekly staff visits to your beehive, you will be given a weekly slot of around 30/40 minutes, we suggest you staff are on a rotor so everyone can enjoy the bees. 

We provide the following activities, which can be conducted either at your office/premises or as away days from the office. You have the option to select from two wonderful locations in the Kent countryside: Hands of Hope or Whiterocks Farm College.

As you arrive at the grounds of Hands of Hope or Whiterocks, you'll be captivated by the breathtaking natural beauty of these locations. Each site offers its own unique charm; whether it's the stunning views of the apple orchards and the friendly animals at Whiterocks or the vibrant community spirit and bountiful food production at Hands of Hope, you're sure to be impressed by the experience.

Below are some of the wide range of staff engagement/activities and talks we offer.

Beekeeping Days:

  • Polish and fire starters
  • Honey spinning and tasting
  • Beekeeping and hive demonstration
  • Lip balm and soap
  • Pollination and planting

 

To find out more, please use our contact form. 

How does team building work? 

The Beehive Model

We can look at bees as a great example of team building. Bees live in hives with clear social organisation. Each type of bee is adapted for its work. The workers change their duties as their age increases. They start by feeding the larvae; then they ventilate and cool the hive by fanning it with their wings; then they clean the hive and finally they leave on food-collecting expeditions. Bees of different ages carry out all these varied tasks at any one time.

The workers collect food for everyone in the hive. Worker bees out collecting food, pass on messages to tell other bees where to find food. The beehive has a structure that is clear and understood by all its members. The bees live together. The bees live close together and work together well.

Teams are made up of individuals, and it is their different values, skills and experiences that help the team to work well. Effective teams need a mix of people able to work together. There is a clear division of labour in the hive, but no bee is forced to work – they do it willingly. The workers ensure that the hive has all the practical resources it needs to perform well. 

 

Benefits of team building:
  • Improves morale and leadership skills
  • Finds the barriers that thwart creativity
  • Clearly defines objectives and goals
  • Improves processes and procedures
  • Improves organisational productivity
  • Identifies a team’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Improves the ability to problem solve