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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

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

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

It’s Not Magic: Tips to Get EVERYONE Playing at your next company event!

Posted by Natalie Simmons on May 1, 2019 9:15:00 AM

The experts have spoken: Play is more than just fun and games. But as HR professionals and people leaders, how can we be strategic in using play to engage your coworkers? How can we design experiences that make employees excited to raise their hand and jump in the game?

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Team Building, Event Planning, Play at Work, Corporate Event Planning, Company Retreats, Ideas, Employee Engagement, Fun at Work, Connection, Culture, Employee Experience, Company Culture, Tips, Human Resources, diversity and inclusion, company events, Employee Appreciation, Fun, Play Personalities, Stuart Brown

The 8 Play Personalities that illustrate how we have fun

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Apr 8, 2019 8:55:57 AM

Let’s get one thing straight: Play isn’t just kid stuff. There’s a science to how we play, and it affects our lives in important ways—from how we work to what we find fulfilling. In fact, some social scientists suggest play might be the most important work we do.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Play at Work, Reflections, Fun at Work, Connection, Culture, Company Culture, Skills, Fun, Play Personalities, Stuart Brown

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

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

Spread love, it's the culture way: How to playfully express gratitude in the office

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Feb 13, 2019 3:20:35 PM

As a kid, did you buy those pharmacy-branded Valentine’s Day Cards with cheesy sayings like “Just speeding by with Valentine 'Hi'”?

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Topics: Office Culture, Team Building, Holiday, Gratitude, Connection, Culture, Employee Experience, Company, Company Culture, Core Values, Tips, Human Resources, Games, Valentine's Day, Love

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

The 3 biggest reasons why Fyre Festival failed

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Feb 7, 2019 11:14:40 AM

After Netflix and Hulu dropped dueling documentaries, the world is on Fyre. At every office, coffee shop, and happy hour, people can’t stop talking about Fyre Festival. And for good reason—what a complete and unmitigated disaster.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Event Planning, Training, Reflections, Ideas, Culture, Lifestyle, Community, Company

What to Look for in Your Next Job

Posted by Rob Herzog on Nov 14, 2017 10:29:00 AM

In my previous life I had six jobs over fourteen years during which I spent a lot of time managing my career and thinking about what I should do (and learn) next.

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Topics: Values, Employee Engagement, Hiring, About, Culture

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