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How Are You Celebrating National Relaxation Day?

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Aug 10, 2022 4:34:12 PM

When was the last time you kicked back and relaxed?

We all know what happens during our typical 9-5. We answer emails, tackle long to-do lists, attend meetings, and try our best to help our company reach its goals. When it’s time to log off for the day, what do you do for yourself from 5-9?

In honor of National Relaxation Day on August 15th, we’re sharing some ways to feel calm, cool, and collected during your time off the clock.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Company Culture, National Relaxation Day, Relax

How to Create a Worthwhile Experience for Your Next Intern Class

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Jul 27, 2022 5:49:16 PM

Ahh, internships. The perfect way to provide real-world experience to novices while also bringing fresh talent and new perspectives to your company.

If your organization has decided to hire an intern (or bring in a full intern class!), it’s important to take the steps necessary to make their experience a great one. In the long run, this will benefit not just the individuals, but your company, as well.

As you read this, you may be nearing the end of this year’s summer intern program, or you may be gearing up to start a new program in the fall. In the spirit of acknowledging National Intern Day, below are tips for before, during, and after your program to make sure your interns feel recognized and engaged throughout their experience. 

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Topics: Training, Ideas, Company Culture, Networking, virtual meetings, 52 connections, interns, internship programs

City Hunts: Explore & Make Memories with Co-Workers

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Jul 13, 2022 5:20:01 PM

How well do you know your office's neighborhood and your coworkers? 

Now that we're returning to work in-person, it's the perfect time to reconnect, make memories, share laughs, and get to know one another. What better way to do so than through a city-wide scavenger hunt?

Through a ZogCulture City Hunt, your company will break into teams and race against the clock to explore popular destinations, take photos, and answer trivia questions. This outdoor game is designed to bring employees out of their shells (and their cubicles)!

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Topics: Team Building, Play at Work, Company Culture, Fun, company morale, interns, City Hunt, Explore

How Much Do You Know About the Fourth of July?

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Jun 29, 2022 1:10:45 PM

Ahh, the Fourth of July. A day full of BBQs, hot dogs, fireworks, and time spent with loved ones. Besides the fact that we get a long weekend (woohoo!), there’s actually a lot to the holiday that most Americans don’t know. Here are a few fun facts to share with your family, friends, and co-workers this week that are sure to spark your patriotic pride.

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Topics: Holiday, Holiday Party, Summer Fun

Looking For July Events?

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Jun 22, 2022 4:52:50 PM

Interested in bringing some summer fun to your office? Beat the heat and gather your colleagues for one of our July featured events. All you need to do is contact us and say you're interested - we'll do the rest!

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Topics: Team, Fun at Work, Company Culture, virtual events, summer company events, working from home, Remote Work, Summer Fun

New Hire, Remote World

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Jun 15, 2022 2:01:46 PM

A few weeks ago, I decided to take the next step in my professional career and leave my previous employer to become the Marketing Manager for ZogLife. For me, change can be hard – and sometimes scary – but there was a different type of change that I had to consider when taking this new role: I would be working fully remote. Yup, that meant my bedroom would now be my office, I no longer had an hour-and-twenty-minute commute, and my newest colleague was my dog.

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Topics: Team, Employee Experience, Company Culture, virtual events, working from home, Remote Work, New Hire, Marketing Manager

Returning To Work In-Person

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Jun 8, 2022 11:18:41 AM

After two years that were anything but normal, your office has reopened and is welcoming employees back in. There isn’t an official return to work policy in place, though a few teams have selected certain days when team members can work together in-person. The hand sanitizer dispensers are filled, the Keurig is stocked and fired back up, and you’ve even tried to woo people in with free lunch.

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Topics: Office Culture, Team, Team Building, Company Culture, field day

How to Clean Up Your Calendar

Posted by Samantha Roblin on May 25, 2022 1:55:13 PM

It's a common problem in the professional world. People call meetings to share information and ideas or to have the team brainstorm solutions or opportunities. Meetings, as a construct, aren't intrinsically bad. But their ubiquity can be a real burden and distraction from actually getting work done. Looking for guidance on how to keep your schedule open and productivity up? We got your back!

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Topics: Team, Team Building, Productivity, Company Culture

Celebrate Pride Month

Posted by Samantha Roblin on May 18, 2022 10:54:46 AM

There are so many ways to celebrate Pride Month with your office even if your team is still virtual or hybrid. Here are a few of our favorite (and fun) programs. Contact us to learn more!

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Topics: Play, Play at Work, Company Culture, Pride, virtual social activities, virtual company events, pride month

What Does a Field Day Look Like?

Posted by Samantha Roblin on May 11, 2022 12:33:15 PM

You likely remember field days from elementary school, but what does it mean to have a field day as an adult with your co-workers? 

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Topics: Play, Team Building, Play at Work, Company Culture, field day, outdoor events

Play and Mental Health

Posted by Samantha Roblin on May 4, 2022 9:00:00 AM

Did you know that play is one of the best tools for children to learn how to navigate stress?  According to the Baltimore fishbowl, play also helps kids with developing feelings of self-confidence, concentration, resilience, and developing healthy relationships with caregivers and peers. 

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Topics: Play, Mental Health, Play at Work, Company Culture, Remote Working, mental health awareness

Meet The Team: Mariana

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Apr 27, 2022 9:56:53 AM

At ZogCulture, we believe life is better with real personal connections, a caring community, and a sense of play. No one embodies our mission more so than our event facilitators.

Your facilitators are the reason why your event runs so smoothly and you can have a fun, stress-free opportunity to connect with your colleagues. Our Meet The Team series introduces you to some of our event facilitators so you can learn about their diverse backgrounds and unique skillsets. 

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Topics: Hiring, meet the team

Creating Connections in Times of Change

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Apr 6, 2022 11:11:02 AM

Has your team recently gone through a reorganization, merger, or acquisition? We can relate!

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Topics: Company Culture, company events, Remote Working, Working Remotely, working from home, mergers, acquisitions, change

The New Workplace: How to build culture when your staff is in only a few days a week

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Mar 29, 2022 7:03:45 PM

For many companies and their employees, the way we work has shifted dramatically in the past two years. As we transition to "the new normal," many companies are working with a hybrid model and having their employees visit the office only a few days a week. So, with all these changes and less time together in-person, how do we make sure to maintain a strong workplace culture?

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Topics: Company Culture, company events, Remote Working, Working Remotely, working from home

Meet The Team: Talley

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Mar 23, 2022 12:56:13 PM

At ZogCulture, we believe life is better with real personal connections, a caring community, and a sense of play. No one embodies our mission more so than our event facilitators.

Your facilitators are the reason why your event runs so smoothly and you can have a fun, stress-free opportunity to connect with your colleagues. Our Meet The Team series introduces you to some of our event facilitators so you can learn about their diverse backgrounds and unique skillsets. 

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Topics: Hiring, meet the team

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