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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

Returning To Work In-Person

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Jun 8, 2022 11:18:41 AM

After two years that were anything but normal, your office has reopened and is welcoming employees back in. There isn’t an official return to work policy in place, though a few teams have selected certain days when team members can work together in-person. The hand sanitizer dispensers are filled, the Keurig is stocked and fired back up, and you’ve even tried to woo people in with free lunch.

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Topics: Office Culture, Team, Team Building, Company Culture, field day

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

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

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