Posts about Employee Engagement

How Is Your Company Celebrating Employee Appreciation Week?

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Feb 2, 2023 3:17:20 PM

Each year, Employee Appreciation Day falls on the first Friday of March. The week leading up to it is the perfect time to recognize the hard work and dedication of your employees! What's the best way to show your gratitude? By bringing some fun to your workplace, of course! 

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Employee Engagement, Fun at Work, Human Resources, Employee Appreciation, Fun, Networking, virtual company events, company morale, in-person events

National Fun at Work Day is Coming. How Are You Celebrating?

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Jan 13, 2023 10:00:24 AM

Did you know that National Fun at Work Day is Friday, January 27?

The beginning of the quarter is always a whirlwind. We know you have meetings to attend, new hires to train, and big goals to reach. With everything going on, it can be hard to find the bandwidth to plan a last-minute get together for your employees.

That's where ZogCulture comes in. Let us take the planning off your plate! We can whip up a fun in-person or virtual event for your company that will leave your employees feeling connected, celebrated, and appreciated.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Employee Engagement, Fun at Work, Human Resources, Employee Appreciation, Fun, Networking, virtual company events, company morale, in-person events, winter events

Why You Should Consider Hosting a Company Gathering in January

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Dec 21, 2022 1:37:12 PM

Feeling like the holiday season snuck up on you this year? You're not alone. We blinked and December was upon us! If the last quarter of the year was a whirlwind and you didn't get the chance to plan the holiday gathering if your dreams, we're here to help.

In January, your employees will return to work with a fresh sense of excitement for what's in store for 2023. Coming together as a company is a great way to start the year off with a bang! 

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Employee Engagement, Fun at Work, Human Resources, Employee Appreciation, Fun, virtual company events, company morale, in-person events, winter events

Why You Should Plan a Corporate Pickleball Tournament

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Dec 8, 2022 11:54:24 AM

Looking to bring something fresh, fun, and exciting to your colleagues? Well, get your paddles ready because we’ve got just the idea for you. If you haven’t heard of the sport that’s taking the United States by storm, we guarantee you will soon. As in, right now. Introducing: pickleball.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Employee Engagement, Fun at Work, Sports, Human Resources, Employee Appreciation, Fun, Pickleball

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

Start Your Summer Planning

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Jan 19, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Summer programs are an important tool for attracting top talent and now is the time to start planning!  

ZogCulture is the summer programming partner for dozens of firms and this is how we recommend our partners begin their planning.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Summer, virtual company events, summer company events

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Simple ways to make your events more inclusive

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Jan 15, 2019 2:01:19 PM

Do you ever feel like you can’t get your events strategy right? Ever feel like you don't have the answers on how to make an event inclusive and still deliver an experience that is fun AND helps your team connect?

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Company Culture, diversity and inclusion, company events

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

Four Things To Ask Before Accepting That Job Offer (still OK to ask later!)

Posted by Rob Herzog on Dec 8, 2017 11:51:00 AM

Understanding expectations before you start a new job seems obvious. You read the job description, you know the title, and you asked “what does a normal day look like?” Isn’t that enough?

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Startup, Hiring, About

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