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Feeling Isolated During COVID-19 Quarantine? Try these 3 things.

Posted by Samantha Roblin on May 20, 2020 10:35:36 AM

It's been nine weeks since stay at home orders made their way across the country, but for many of us, it has felt much longer. Because we are working remotely, we no longer get as much social interaction from our peers and colleagues. And, at a certain point, the endless string of video meetings is more draining than energizing.

But we're here to show you that hope is not lost.

You do not have to feel isolated or alone during the COVID-19 quarantine. There are still plenty of ways to feel connected to your team, your company, and the work you're doing.

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Topics: Remote Working, Working Remotely, coronavirus, covid-19, isolation, virtual social activities, quarantine

Best ideas for team-building activities for remote workers

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Mar 17, 2020 1:24:01 PM

With the latest advice from the coronavirus task force to limit gathering to groups with 10 or fewer, many companies across the country have decided to implement teleworking policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Whether your company always works remotely or is doing so temporarily, there are very real benefits gained from offering this flexibility to employees.

But it does take some forethought to build or maintain a team when you're not physically in the same place.

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Topics: Team, Team Building, Connection, Games, Remote Working, Working Remotely, coronavirus

How do you keep your company culture intact in the time of coronavirus?

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Mar 11, 2020 11:13:38 AM

Many companies have already implemented policies, communications, and contingencies for how they will operate during the current public health issue of the coronavirus (COVID-19). And while there is no way to overstate how important those preparations are, there's another hugely important thing for companies to consider:

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Topics: Connection, Company Culture, Leadership, coronavirus

What 3 Bigtime CEOs Say About Improving Company Culture

Posted by Angel Torres on Mar 6, 2020 11:37:43 AM

Company culture is more than just a buzzword: It's your company's DNA and who you are as an organization. It permeates every facet of your business and impacts every single aspect of your company's day-to-day, workplace, and bottom line.

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Topics: Company Culture, Leadership, Core Values, Business Tips, Learnings

Top 5 Field Day Ideas to Improve Team Bonding

Posted by Angel Torres on Mar 5, 2020 12:36:56 PM

The perfect opportunity to engage your employees and improve company culture is when it gets warm outside. Why? Because it gives you the opportunity to relive the nostalgia of your school days, when you had one day dedicated to fun and good-natured competition.

It's time to have a field day!

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Topics: Team Building, Ideas, Company Culture, Sports, company events, Games, Activities, nostalgia, field day

Employee Recognition 101: How to plan events to improve company morale

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Feb 20, 2020 10:45:00 AM

Many of our clients are looking for more than just another repetitive happy hour. They want their company events to truly improve company culture, to drive connections, and improve working relationships in the office. 

One key area for those improvements is with regard to employee recognition. If you're looking for help infusing recognition into your company events, you'll want to start with these simple questions.

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Topics: Company Culture, company events, Employee Recognition

Ideas to Improve Employee Recognition in Your Office

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Feb 13, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Think about a time when you really nailed it. That feeling when you reached a milestone. That moment when you hit your goal. It feels good, right? It feels even better when someone else notices. So, how do you amplify the positive feeling so your employees feel recognized?

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Topics: Company Culture, Employee Recognition

5 Ways Company Events Positively Impact your Company Culture

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Feb 3, 2020 3:37:00 PM

Your company event strategy can have a huge impact on the culture of your organization. So, rather than planning events last minute, it's important to consider what you really want to gain from the events, and how you want your company to grow.

We have some key tips on how to use events to create greater recognition, connection, balance, inclusivity, and fun.  

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Topics: Company Culture, company events, company party, office events

#TBT - Why nostalgia makes ice skating the coolest event of the winter

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Jan 23, 2020 10:40:04 AM

Remember how winter felt when you were a kid? The exciting feeling of the first "snow day" of the year. The warm, sweet, creamy first sip of hot cocoa after a snowball fight. The carefree delight of ice skating with your friends. 

Those were the good old days. Why did things seem so good, so simple back then? 

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Topics: company events, company party, nostalgia

Top 5 Icebreakers at your company holiday party

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Dec 5, 2019 9:30:00 AM

It’s that time of year again. There’s a chill in the air. Puffy jackets, hats and scarves are on. Your morning coffee is dressed up in a holiday cup. And your company holiday party is just around the corner.

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Topics: Holiday traditions, Holiday, Tips, Fun, Activities, company holiday party

Leaders In Play: Meet Qiana Martin, Eat Soccer's Energetic Empress

Posted by Angel Torres on Nov 7, 2019 12:13:47 PM

Welcome to Leaders In Play! We interview people who take having FUN at work very seriously. We know, it seems like a crazy concept, but incorporating Play At Work has been proven to improve employee engagement, creativity, recruitment, retention, and provide countless other benefits that help create healthy company culture. Read on to learn more about our featured leader and their definition of Play, both in and out of the workplace.

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Topics: Play, Play at Work, Soccer, Interview, Leaders In Play, Fun, women in business

How “Baby Shark” won the World Series: Company Culture Lessons from the Washington Nationals

Posted by Rob Herzog on Nov 4, 2019 11:29:05 AM

Sports, at the end of the day, should be fun--even in the professional ranks. After all, they do play “games” every night, don’t they? The difference is their games often come within a high pressure environment where winning is the primary goal. There’s not one blueprint for how to win.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Team, World Series, Team Building, Creativity, Play at Work, Reflections, Ideas, Employee Engagement, Work Culture, Culture, Company Culture, Goals, Sports, Baseball, Learnings

5 Super FUN places to throw your work holiday party

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Oct 31, 2019 9:45:00 AM

It's basically November, which means one thing:

It is OFFICIALLY company holiday party crunch time.

If you're still looking for the right venue, location, or partner for this year's company Christmas party, it's all good. The clock is ticking, but there are still tons of great places out there. We're here to help.

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Topics: Holiday Party, company events, company holiday party, bowling, christmas party

Why Bowling is One of the Best Company Holiday Party Ideas

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Oct 29, 2019 11:20:47 AM

Okay, so it’s late October, and you’re getting down to brass tacks on your company holiday party. You want it to feel special. You want your employees to be excited about it. You want to celebrate a great year with a night that is memorable and fun to keep them feeling engaged and valued.

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Topics: Play, Holiday Party, company events, Games, Fun, Activities, Venues, company holiday party, company party, bowling

3 Ways to Make Your Company Holiday Party  More Than Just Drinking

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Oct 3, 2019 1:15:00 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Because as we roll into October, it's time to start hardcore planning.

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Topics: Holiday, Holiday Party, company events, company holiday party, company party

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