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Training isn’t just important to a company’s development and success, it’s essential. But what training should you be investing in to actually ensure that you see a measurable outcome and value for both you and your team?

You can learn a lot from your employees from their desk. Taking note of how your staff use and interact with their workplace is a great way to determine their likes and dislikes and give subtle clues and indications about personality and what makes them happy and therefore productive.

Team leaders can use this knowledge to better facilitate the most suitable work for employees and the most effective training for each team member.

Fundera created nine typical personalities as defined by their desks and we’ve paired them with the type of training and venue that we think would suit them perfectly.

No Nonsense Nathan

Who is he?

Neat, efficient and reliable with strong attention to detail. Nathan is a solid addition to any team.  

What’s on his desk?

Only essentials and perhaps a notepad and a mug at a stretch, but only for the duration of consumption and thereafter it's washed up perfectly and put away neatly.

His working style...

He’s a clear communicator with high expectations from not only himself but the rest of the team. He can get frustrated if he feels other member of the team are lacking in these areas.

What type of training would suit him?

A great problem solver he is task orientated and loves a good challenge. He can be a solitary learner and at times can tend to judge. He’s determined to succeed. Project management and strategic planning tasks will keep him engaged and satisfied.

Where to train...

The home of human ingenuity and achievement the Science Museum is the perfect backdrop for an interactive and educational treasure hunt.

 

Plant Lady Polly

Who is she?

She’ll not only help you grow your confidence but will mentor and guide you in growing your career. 

What’s on her desk?

Every type of plant you've ever heard of (and not heard of). 

Her working style…

She’s a great person to share ideas with and very knowledgeable in her field. If you’re after sound advice she’s the go-to person.

What type of training would suit her?

Her personality makes her the perfect person to take a mentorship role in team training.

Where to train...

Leading her employees in a corporate volunteering or a conservation project at a venue like Bristol Zoo.

 

Snack Zack

Who is he?

The ultimate team player who’s always prepared to share not just his snacks, but ideas and opinions. He always has time to listen to other people's thoughts and viewpoints.  

What’s on his desk?

Crisps, energy bars, Haribo and fizzy drinks. A list of the team's hot drink preferences as he ’s also extremely generous when it comes to making tea for his colleagues.

His working style…

He’s the go-to guy in a crisis. Approachable and always open-minded to finding positive solutions.

What type of training would suit him?

A great team player, something active or sporty would be ideal. His love for food would also be perfect for a cooking activity like learning the ancient art of sushi making from a skilled chef.

Where to train…

For something unique and outdoorsy Beaulieu offers a great range of corporate and team building activities. From clay shooting to duck herding your team can experience an exciting new activity.

 

Messy Miranda

Who is she?

The office creative bursting with ideas and packed full of personality. Miranda’s a great person to have around. 

What’s on her desk?

Everything. 

Her working style…

She’s a dab hand at brainstorming, often coming up with ideas that you never expected.

What type of training would suit her?

Creative thinkers need to be kept interested and engaged as they can get bored easily. Apprentice-style tasks that require creative ideas generation with a competitive edge are ideal. 

Where to train…

Built in 1671, Weston Park is the result if centuries of creativity. The collection if fine art and antiques would make the perfect backdrop to an inventive ideas led activity and is sure to get the creative juices flowing.

 

Dog Dan

Who is he?

He’s a dog Dad first and an employee second.  

What’s on her desk?

Keepsakes that remind him of his furry best friends. Dog treats and spare poop bags he’s forever finding in his pocket.  

His working style…

He is extremely loyal and friendly and once you’ve gained his trust, he’ll have your back for life. 

What type of training would suit him?

No stranger to the great outdoors taking his four-legged friends on long restorative walks, orienteering or fell walking would be ideal. 

Where to train…

Take a walk and talk meeting around the gorgeous grounds of Edinburgh Zoo overlooking the Pentland Hills.

 

Zen Zoe

Who is she?

An eternal optimist, she’s always equipped with a smile on her face and ready to help and offer advice to team members from any department.

What’s on her desk?

An eclectic mix of souvenirs from her exciting life’s journey.  

His working style…

She’s the glue that holds the team together. She’ll know what to say and do when everyone is feeling stressed or an important deadline is looming.

What type of training would suit her?

Corporate wellness training. A natural nurturer and listener she’s positioned perfectly to expand and developed the wellness initiatives of the business.

Where to train…

Surrounded by the peaceful and picturesque environment of a stunning nine-acre lake teeming with birdlife. Kettering Conference & Leisure Village is the perfect location to unwind and develop your team's wellbeing strategy.

 

Family Man Freddy

Who is he?

His family is his priority and he works to make them proud.

What’s on his desk?

Jam-packed with photos of his family, souvenirs from holidays and questionable pieces of artwork dripping with painted pasta that his children have carefully curated at preschool.

His working style…

He’s nurturing and approachable and likes to see things done openly and fairly 

What type of training would suit him?

A people-oriented task that perhaps involves a group discussion. Freddy would thrive on the opportunity to get to know his team members better and tell them about his life outside work.  

Where to train…

Something to impress and support his family’s feelings that he’s a little bit of a hero. Perhaps a visit to the home of his family's favourite sports team? Awarded the best sporting venue for events 2018, Twickenham has a range of rooms to sort all types of training.

 

Stationary Obsessed Stacy

Who is she?

She’s a natural notetaker and the Queen of organisation and project management. 

What’s on her desk?

An impressive assortment of pens and notepads and the entire back catalogue of Paperchases stock.  

Her working style?

Impressively organised and hyper-productive, she’s always prepared for all eventualities.  

What type of training would suit her?

Who else would you want to be deserted on a desert island with than ultra prepared Stacy? Survival and bushcraft skills are the perfect activity to bring out her leadership and organisational skills.

Where to train…

Play to Stacy’ strengths and ask her to take charge of a race day at one of the Jockey Club Venues – organising lunch through to races cards and who knows the thrill of the races might push her to take more calculated risks.

 

Hometown Henry

Who is he?

A natural account manager oozing with charisma. You’re constantly taken aback by how many people he knows in the office, building, streets, cafes… 

What’s on his desk?

Memorabilia from his local football team.   

His working style…

He’s constantly positive and eager to please. Other employees are drawn to him because of his overwhelming charm and humour. He’s an extremely popular member of the team.

What type of training would suit him?

Something fun, unusual and out of the ordinary. He’s accomplished at bringing people together and building the team's confidence when learning new challenging things. His positivity would be the ideal fit to lead a team in taking part in a series of challenges that mix physical and mental skill. 

Where to train…

Survive the blizzard, conquer snow blindness, replicate a sled or even take on a glacier crossing? Take part in the Summit Challenge at the Chill Factore.  

If you’re a busy HR Manager, PA or training coordinator we’re perfectly positioned to help you find your perfect and unique training venues for your needs whether you’re organising a one-off event or complex training schedules.

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