Building better connections through PLAY.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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