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How to start strong in 2021 in 3 easy steps

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Dec 16, 2020 2:19:54 PM

As this year comes to a close, we're all ramping up for 2021. Because next year is going to be different. It's going to be better. It just has to be. Right?

Our clients keep telling us how important it is that they set a positive tone for 2021. But that won't just magically happen. It takes a little planning and forethought. Well, good news, team. Because we've got big plans for you!

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Company Culture, virtual events, virtual company events, 2021 event planning

Hey team! The Company Halloween Party is NOT Cancelled.

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Sep 30, 2020 11:15:00 AM

If you can believe it, tomorrow will be full-blown October. For many employees working from home, grinding day after day without seeing their coworkers, it feels like time is simultaneously flying and standing still. 

That feeling of monotony and disconnection can really take its toll on a team. So, you've got to do something. Something fun. Something different. Something together, even while we're physically apart. But how?

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Topics: Halloween, Company Culture, company events, Working Remotely, digital company events

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

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

3 Super Easy Ways to Bring Inclusivity into Your Life

Posted by Amelia Haarer on Sep 12, 2019 11:36:19 AM

Feeling excluded really stinks. That’s why it’s so often part of the story arc for high school cult-classic movies, and—on the positive side—one of the first lessons you learn as a kid. Exclude nobody and include everybody, always.

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Topics: Team, Values, Reflections, Culture, Company Culture, Tips, diversity and inclusion, Learnings

#TIL: 3 Learnings to Improve Your Office Culture

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Aug 20, 2019 12:00:00 PM

If you want to improve your company culture, grow your business, and inspire your team to improve, you’ve got to be ready to learn. We did some homework and wanted to share our findings with our Culture Community. Check out what we learned today.

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Topics: Company Culture, Business Tips, Learnings

5 Tips to get employees excited for company events

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Jul 30, 2019 11:04:57 AM

We often hear from our clients that the most difficult part of planning a company event is the work that goes into getting people excited for it. We get it and we’re here to help. Here are five ways to build up anticipation and have employees ready to fully enjoy the festivities once the day arrives.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Event Planning, Corporate Event Planning, Ideas, Employee Engagement, Culture, Employee Experience, Company, Company Culture, Tips, company events, Employee Appreciation, Fun

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

Posted by Angel Torres on Jun 6, 2019 11:48:13 AM

The World Cup is back in full-swing--this time, women are taking the global stage. As the tournament kicks off tomorrow, that doesn’t have to mean complete madness in the office. You can turn this into a real opportunity to connect with coworkers.

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Topics: Play at Work, Productivity, Soccer, World Cup, Work Culture, Company Culture, Sports, Women, Fun, Women's World Cup, USWNT

Working Remotely Done Right, Part 1: 6 engaging ways to keep your team connected

Posted by Samantha Roblin on May 20, 2019 9:05:00 AM

When all 25 New York City-based team members of the ZogLife office worked remotely for nearly two months while their workspace underwent a refresh, the team used it as an opportunity to experiment.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Team, Team Building, Productivity, Ideas, Employee Engagement, Connection, Employee Experience, Company Culture, Leadership, Goals, Tips, Fun, Working Remotely

Leaders In Play: Meet Mike Vaughan Cherubin, U.S. Soccer Foundation's Consummate Player-Coach

Posted by Angel Torres on May 16, 2019 12:22:15 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, Nonprofit, Charity, Play at Work, Work Life Balance, Values, Soccer, Culture, Company Culture, Leadership, Sports, Empowerment, Leaders In Play, Careers

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