Building better connections through PLAY.

Team sports are good for your mental health. Want proof?

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Nov 27, 2018 12:04:00 PM

Depression and anxiety can be terrifying. But if you want to feel better, you don’t have to face them alone. In fact, research shows it’s better that you don’t.

Instead of traveling down the winding road of recovery by yourself, what if you had a team behind you? What if you had a group of people invested in your well-being, regularly engaging with you on a meaningful level, all while playing a fun game you enjoy?

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Topics: Play, Mental Health, Team

Me? I’m a 3-Season Man

Posted by Rob Herzog on Nov 26, 2018 1:52:00 PM

Ugh. "Fall back" is right. It’s dark before I leave the office and getting darker every day. The increasingly frigid weather means my days of biking to work are numbered. Everyone has a limit, and my hard limit is 35 degrees, no snow or ice. But pretty soon, slushy 20-degree days will be the norm.

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Topics: Insider, Office Culture, Play

3 Halloween lessons to take into the workplace

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Oct 31, 2018 11:47:00 AM

What if we told you that your childhood Halloween experiences helped influence your professional career? Witch hats, fairy wings, and Superman outfits may be more important in your professional development than you think.

This article will convince you on how you learned to be more risk — taking, creative, and detail-oriented — even when dressed as Dracula.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Halloween

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

3 FUN and FREE things any company can do to improve office culture

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Oct 18, 2018 10:21:00 AM

Maybe you already went all-out for your company’s summer picnic. Maybe you spared no expense on planning the company holiday party. But we get it — the Fun Committee’s budget might be looking a little meager by this time of year.

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Topics: Insider, Office Culture, Low Budget

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

Why it’s important to add play to your annual budgeting process

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Oct 5, 2018 2:45:00 PM

To some, budgeting and planning are boring. To most they’re stressful. But to all, they’re a whole lot of work.

As the experts in Play At Work, we’re here to give you tips on how you can start to enjoy and be more creative, productive, and innovative as you think about where to spend next year.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Team, Budgeting, Business Strategy

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

Build the most effective teams in 3 easy steps

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Sep 13, 2018 3:58:00 PM

A great team is more than just a group of people lumped together. A great team is a well-oiled machine running on all cylinders, fueled by purpose, positivity, and playfulness.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Team, Team Building

September is the perfect time to reengage your employees — here’s why.

Posted by Rob Herzog on Sep 4, 2018 10:06:00 AM

There’s just something about that back-to-school timeframe that makes us want to get back on our grind—in a good way. Hustling. Motivated. Ready to crush it.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Productivity, Back to School

The company event planning calendar for PEOPLE WHO GET STUFF DONE

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Aug 30, 2018 11:55:00 AM

You’ve got a million things going on. You’re on other committees. You’ve got sales in the pipeline. And that’s on top of your regular day-to-day work. Planning the picnic or holiday party isn’t exactly in your job description.

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Topics: Office Culture, Event Planning, Productivity, Calendar, Corporate Event Planning

A smarty’s guide to picking teams

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Aug 23, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Do you have an upcoming company event planned which involves breaking the company into teams? Nervous about how that might shake out? Don’t worry. We got you covered.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Team, Company Retreats

Holidays in August? Nope, but it’s time to start planning.

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Aug 15, 2018 9:12:00 AM

Step away from the tinsel. Turn off the holiday playlist. And whatever you do, do NOT say one word about S-N-O-W. We know ’tis NOT quite the season just yet, but the companies that are really on top of their game are already making their holiday party plans. And we’re here to help make yours the most meaningful, impactful holiday party you’ve ever had.

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Topics: Office Culture, Event Planning, Holiday, Holiday Party

3 Reasons the best ideas come when we’re outside the office

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Aug 6, 2018 10:25:00 AM

Your idea might be half baked, but it also might be fully genius. So you ask the bartender for a pen, scribble it down on a bar napkin, and continue laughing with friends over a cocktail. You never really know when the muse will visit, which is why the “back of the napkin idea” has become a universal adage.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Creativity, Innovation, Ideas

Thanks Ken!

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Jul 19, 2018 12:59:00 PM

Read: Ken's Story

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