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What your favorite sport says about your ideal career

Posted by Angel Torres on Apr 1, 2019 9:01:50 AM

Let’s get one thing straight right from the gate—general “aptitude” tests are kind of the worst. They ask a few multiple choice questions that attempt to boil down your personality and talents into a Bucket O’ Traits that apparently make you the right fit for a career path you may or may not be interested in.

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Topics: Play, Team, Football, Reflections, Soccer, Lifestyle, Sports, Tips, Basketball, Skills, Baseball, Hockey, Careers, Softball, Fun

8 Ways March Madness Promotes Healthy Company Culture

Posted by Angel Torres on Mar 20, 2019 11:58:18 AM

Don’t run from it. Don’t fight it. Don’t ignore it. Lean into it.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Team, Play at Work, Work Life Balance, Fun at Work, Work Culture, Connection, Culture, Employee Experience, Community, Company, Company Culture, Sports, Tips, Games, March Madness, Basketball, NCAA Tournament

Leaders In Play: Meet Amanda Delaney, Blend's EX Extraordinaire

Posted by Angel Torres on Mar 15, 2019 9:02:56 AM

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: Office Culture, Event Planning, Play at Work, Work Culture, Connection, Culture, Employee Experience, Company, Company Culture, Leadership, Human Resources, company events, Employee Recognition, Games, Interview, Leaders In Play

Celebrating International Women's Day With Our Resident Expert In Play, Kelaine Conochan

Posted by Angel Torres on Mar 8, 2019 8:51:53 AM

It’s International Women’s Day, so we thought it was the perfect time to spotlight one of our favorite women, who champions PLAY in all its forms. She loves wordplay, hosts trivia, and, true story, even threw a field day as her bachelorette party. She’s a fierce advocate for women and girls in sports and a fierce competitor, too. So, we’ve got just 3 questions for our very own Kelaine Conochan, the National Marketing Director for ZogSports and ZogCulture.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Reflections, Community, Sports, diversity and inclusion, Women, Empowerment, Interview, International Women's Day

Leaders In Play: Meet Jon Yousefzadeh, Our Favorite Person In People Ops

Posted by Angel Torres on Mar 1, 2019 1:34:38 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: Office Culture, Play, Play at Work, Gratitude, Culture, NYC, Company Culture, Core Values, Human Resources, Employee Recognition, Interview, Leaders In Play, Employee Appreciation, Employee Appreciation Day

Leaders In Play: Meet Sam Arpino, DoSomething's Culture Queen

Posted by Angel Torres on Feb 25, 2019 11:40:42 AM

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. So, without further ado, enjoy our first installment of this interview series!

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Play at Work, Fun at Work, Work Culture, Gratitude, Culture, Company, Company Culture, Leadership, Core Values, Goals, Women, Interview, Leaders In Play

It's award season: Time to recognize star employees in your office

Posted by Angel Torres on Feb 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

It’s that time of the year when renowned artists and entertainment industry titans come together to recognize the best of the best—it’s award season. The Grammys came and went, and the Academy Awards are around the corner, but award ceremonies don’t have to be limited to Hollywood. 

What if your office had its own fun way to recognize the stars who made significant contributions to the company’s success all year?

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Topics: Office Culture, Employee Engagement, Work Culture, Gratitude, Culture, Company, Company Culture, Core Values, Human Resources, Empowerment, Employee Recognition, Awards

Holiday traditions to warm you up this season, Part II

Posted by Angel Torres on Dec 13, 2018 4:42:00 PM

Earlier this week, we explored some of our staff’s favorite holiday traditions. As is the case with so many storied traditions, we learned some endearing, charming, and heart-warming things about the people we work with every single day.

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Topics: Office Culture, Holiday traditions, Play

Holiday traditions to warm you up this season, Part I

Posted by Angel Torres on Dec 11, 2018 4:30:00 PM

Adding some meaningful holiday cheer to the office doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. Hearing about your colleagues’ holiday traditions is a great way to learn more about them, and build even stronger, more intimate connections with the people in your workplace.

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Topics: Office Culture, Holiday traditions, Play

Embracing office rivalries: What we can learn from the World Series

Posted by Angel Torres on Oct 23, 2018 2:35:00 PM

Extra innings. Do-or-die Game 7s. Grand slams. Miraculous catches. Heroic strikeouts. Safe to say, all our World Series memories can be found in a mental folder named “Fond — Do Not Erase.”

Every year around this time, the crisp weather gives way to the fiery intensity of the last two teams battling for supremacy on the diamond. It’s bigger than that, though.

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Topics: Office Culture, Team, World Series

Why fight it? We love tailgate season

Posted by Angel Torres on Oct 10, 2018 2:26:00 PM

Burgers simmering on the grill while the bratwursts are slathered in a secret family recipe. Cheap beer and soda chilling in countless coolers. Games of corn hole, flip cup, and Spikeball for friendly competition. Lively chatter filled with jittery anticipation. Fellow fans flaunting your team’s colors, as far as the eye can see.

It’s officially tailgate season.

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Topics: Play, Football, Team Building

When employees team up for a cause, everybody wins

Posted by Angel Torres on Sep 21, 2018 9:52:00 AM

On every news broadcast this week, we’ve seen and heard of the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence. It’s heartbreaking. But we are not powerless. As in past years, many companies have stepped up to the plate and demonstrated that being part of a community about more than just the bottom line.

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Topics: Office Culture, Nonprofit, CSR, Charity, Hurricane

5 days, 5 ways: How to make PLAY a part of your work week

Posted by Angel Torres on Jul 11, 2018 4:37:00 PM

Why is it that people dread the work week so much?

They complain about having a “case of the Mondays.” Wednesday comes with the burden of getting over the humpday. By Friday, everyone seems to be just thanking unseen forces for gracing us with the fortitude to survive another five days before retreating to our respective escapes on the weekend. #ThankOprahItsFriday.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play at Work, Productivity, Employee Engagement, Fun at Work

3 Business-savvy ways to embrace World Cup in the workplace

Posted by Angel Torres on Jun 28, 2018 9:56:00 AM

As you may have noticed, World Cup mania is well underway. But as the tournament moves into the high stakes knockout stage, that doesn’t have to mean complete madness in the office.

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Topics: Play at Work, Productivity, Soccer, World Cup, Work Culture

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