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How to Plan Your Company Event Like You're an Olympian

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Jun 16, 2021 10:00:00 AM

For the past month, the sports world has been abuzz with jaw-dropping performances of the world's top athletes, as they attempt to qualify for this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo. From well-known names like Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, and Serena Williams to new, exciting athletes like Caeleb Dressel (swimming) and Noah Lyles (sprinter), the Olympics are going to be must-see content for the summer.

We're so inspired by these athletes that we thought we'd apply some of their lessons to planning your company event.

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Topics: company events, virtual company events, olympics

Improve Your Virtual & Zoom Meetings with These 4 Best Practices!

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Jun 9, 2021 10:15:00 AM

After working from home for a while, your team may have fallen into some bad habits around your virtual meetings. Maybe the meetings drag on a bit. Maybe they lack focus or don't get the results you need. Maybe employees are tuned out because it's hard to get a word in.

Well, after months of hosting and managing large events, working with our clients to understand how their organizations work best, we're ready to share what we've learned.

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Topics: virtual meetings, meetings, best practices

Pride: Why authenticity matters most of all.

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Jun 2, 2021 12:25:00 PM

Now that it's June, you many notice lots of companies changing their social media identities to the rainbow flag.

Yes, Pride is here... And there! And everywhere! At best, it's exciting and educational and a chance to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and connect authentically with coworkers. But at worst, it's viewed as nothing more than a corporate stunt, and could get your company called out. 

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Topics: Pride, pride month

Should You Plan a Virtual or In-Person Event? The 2021 Dilemma.

Posted by Natalie Simmons on May 26, 2021 10:18:00 AM

Many of our clients have started announcing or rolling out their "return to office" policies for the year. While the progress toward normalcy feels SO great, it does make planning your company team-building events a little bit more complicated. Should you wait it out or risk cancellation and do in-person? Should you stick with virtual? And how do you know whether you're making the right choice?

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Topics: Team Building, company events, digital company events, virtual events, digital events

Choose Your Own Adventure: What event should you plan for your team?

Posted by Natalie Simmons on May 19, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Decisions, decisions. 

Every team has dynamic personalities and varied interests, so sometimes it's tough to figure out what kind of virtual event is fun and engaging for everyone. Trust us: the answer is NOT to just plan something bland and generic. Come along with us, we're going on a Choose Your Own Adventure joyride!

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Topics: company events, company party, virtual events, virtual company events, olympics

Summer Games: Why Virtual Company Olympics are the PERFECT Team-Building Event

Posted by Natalie Simmons on May 12, 2021 10:30:00 AM

The Olympic Games may have been postponed last year, but that only makes us more excited for this year's Summer Games. And we're not just talking about Tokyo... we're talking about a can't lose virtual summer event that is perfect for any company looking to have fun, stay connected, and play to win!

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Topics: virtual events, virtual company events, summer events, olympics

Pride Month Events: how is your company celebrating?

Posted by Natalie Simmons on May 5, 2021 10:15:00 AM

With June just a few weeks away, now is a perfect time to start planning your company's Pride celebration. We've got a bunch of great ideas to help you show your support for the LGBTQ+ community, celebrate diversity and inclusion, and enjoy a chance to connect and have fun with your coworkers. It's a win-win-win!

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Topics: diversity and inclusion, company events, LGBTQ+, virtual company events, pride month

It's Time to Start on Your Summer Employee Engagement Plans

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Apr 21, 2021 10:30:00 AM

Last year, many of us were caught off guard by the pandemic. We didn't know how long we'd be working from home. We didn't know how to keep our company culture strong while working remotely. We didn't know what we didn't know.

But now, we know better. And that means, we better get on the ball! So, this is your polite reminder to get started planning your summer virtual programming. Here's what to do.

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Topics: Summer, virtual company events, summer company events

Gift Boxes: The Secret to Taking Your Virtual Event to the Next Level

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Apr 14, 2021 10:15:00 AM

We love how many of our clients keep asking us about the next big thing in virtual events. They want to stay at the head of the class, leading the way on the newest and most innovative new ideas. So, what have we been telling them? What are the best and most exciting developments in virtual events? Gift box activations. Here's why.

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Topics: virtual events, care packages, gift boxes

5 Reasons You Should Attend Our FREE Virtual Demo Event!

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Apr 7, 2021 10:05:00 AM

For months, our clients asked us for a demo so they could see and experience what a ZogCulture virtual event was like. So, on April 14th, we're hosting a free one-hour virtual event to give you a sense of just how fun, engaging, and interactive our games and activities are.

You asked. We listened. And now you're invited!

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Topics: free virtual events, demo

3 Ways to Bring Spring Cleaning Mentality into Your Work Life

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Mar 31, 2021 10:30:00 AM

The weather is warming up, the flowers are blooming, and the daylight keeps stretching longer and longer. It feels like everything is getting better now that spring is finally here!

If you're like us, spring also makes us think about the soul-cleansing experience of "spring cleaning." But we're not talking about dusting the bookshelves or putting away your winter wardrobe. We're here to give you some amazing ways to bring that same rejuvenating cleanliness to your work life.

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Topics: Mental Health, Work Life Balance, Company Culture, virtual events, spring cleaning

3 Important Reasons to Do a Virtual Take Our Kids to Work Day in 2021

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Mar 24, 2021 10:15:00 AM

Like almost everything this year, National Take Our Daughters and Sons to WorkTM Day is going to look and feel pretty different. But there's enormous value in continuing the tradition, especially in a year when our home and work lives are endlessly overlapping. 

Why should your company adapt your Take Your Kids to Work Day if there's no office? Will kids take away valuable learnings from a virtual experience? The answer is yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Here's why.

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Topics: virtual events, take our sons and daughters to work day, take your kids to work day

One Year In: Why now is the right time time to bolster your team's mental health

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Mar 17, 2021 10:15:00 AM

This week, we passed a significant and pretty sad milestone: It's been a full year from when we shifted from our "normal" work environment and relationships to abruptly having to work from home due to the pandemic. It's been a lot. It's been heavy. Reflecting on the one year mark may bring up some feelings for your team. So, now is a great time to do something to support their mental health.

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Topics: Mental Health, mental health awareness, wellness, virtual wellness

3 Free, Easy Ideas for How to Celebrate Women's Month in Your Company

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Mar 10, 2021 2:58:00 PM

Although it's already March 10th, it's not too late to think about how your company can celebrate Women's Month. We've got some great ideas for Women's Month that are easy to pull off. Even if you've been really busy or your event budget got cut, that's really no excuse. You've still got 21 days and that can-do attitude. That's what we love about you.

Read on for ways to celebrate the ladies!

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Topics: Company Culture, Women, virtual company events, international women's month, diversity equity & inclusion

The 3 Key Questions Every Company Should Ask When Planning their 2021 Summer Event

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Mar 3, 2021 10:15:00 AM

It's already March, which means spring is just around the corner. And not to jump TOO far ahead, but that means that summer isn't too far behind. 

Speaking of being far behind... no one likes to feel that way. It's stressful to play catch up. So, how about we get ahead of the game. Let's start planning your company's big summer virtual event now.

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Topics: Event Planning, virtual company events, 2021 event planning, summer company events

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