Building better connections through PLAY.

Looking For July Events?

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Jun 22, 2022 4:52:50 PM

Interested in bringing some summer fun to your office? Beat the heat and gather your colleagues for one of our July featured events. All you need to do is contact us and say you're interested - we'll do the rest!

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Topics: Team, Fun at Work, Company Culture, virtual events, summer company events, working from home, Remote Work, Summer Fun

New Hire, Remote World

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Jun 15, 2022 2:01:46 PM

A few weeks ago, I decided to take the next step in my professional career and leave my previous employer to become the Marketing Manager for ZogLife. For me, change can be hard – and sometimes scary – but there was a different type of change that I had to consider when taking this new role: I would be working fully remote. Yup, that meant my bedroom would now be my office, I no longer had an hour-and-twenty-minute commute, and my newest colleague was my dog.

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Topics: Team, Employee Experience, Company Culture, virtual events, working from home, Remote Work, New Hire, Marketing Manager

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 to Clean Up Your Calendar

Posted by Samantha Roblin on May 25, 2022 1:55:13 PM

It's a common problem in the professional world. People call meetings to share information and ideas or to have the team brainstorm solutions or opportunities. Meetings, as a construct, aren't intrinsically bad. But their ubiquity can be a real burden and distraction from actually getting work done. Looking for guidance on how to keep your schedule open and productivity up? We got your back!

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Topics: Team, Team Building, Productivity, Company Culture

Best ideas for team-building activities for remote workers

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Mar 17, 2020 1:24:01 PM

With the latest advice from the coronavirus task force to limit gathering to groups with 10 or fewer, many companies across the country have decided to implement teleworking policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Whether your company always works remotely or is doing so temporarily, there are very real benefits gained from offering this flexibility to employees.

But it does take some forethought to build or maintain a team when you're not physically in the same place.

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Topics: Team, Team Building, Connection, Games, Remote Working, Working Remotely, coronavirus

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

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

What your favorite sport says about your ideal career

Posted by Angel Torres on Apr 1, 2019 9:01:50 AM

Let’s get one thing straight right from the gate—general “aptitude” tests are kind of the worst. They ask a few multiple choice questions that attempt to boil down your personality and talents into a Bucket O’ Traits that apparently make you the right fit for a career path you may or may not be interested in.

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Topics: Play, Team, Football, Reflections, Soccer, Lifestyle, Sports, Tips, Basketball, Skills, Baseball, Hockey, Careers, Softball, Fun

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

Team sports are good for your mental health. Want proof?

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Nov 27, 2018 12:04:00 PM

Depression and anxiety can be terrifying. But if you want to feel better, you don’t have to face them alone. In fact, research shows it’s better that you don’t.

Instead of traveling down the winding road of recovery by yourself, what if you had a team behind you? What if you had a group of people invested in your well-being, regularly engaging with you on a meaningful level, all while playing a fun game you enjoy?

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Topics: Play, Mental Health, Team

Embracing office rivalries: What we can learn from the World Series

Posted by Angel Torres on Oct 23, 2018 2:35:00 PM

Extra innings. Do-or-die Game 7s. Grand slams. Miraculous catches. Heroic strikeouts. Safe to say, all our World Series memories can be found in a mental folder named “Fond — Do Not Erase.”

Every year around this time, the crisp weather gives way to the fiery intensity of the last two teams battling for supremacy on the diamond. It’s bigger than that, though.

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Topics: Office Culture, Team, World Series

Why it’s important to add play to your annual budgeting process

Posted by Kelaine Conochan on Oct 5, 2018 2:45:00 PM

To some, budgeting and planning are boring. To most they’re stressful. But to all, they’re a whole lot of work.

As the experts in Play At Work, we’re here to give you tips on how you can start to enjoy and be more creative, productive, and innovative as you think about where to spend next year.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Team, Budgeting, Business Strategy

Build the most effective teams in 3 easy steps

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Sep 13, 2018 3:58:00 PM

A great team is more than just a group of people lumped together. A great team is a well-oiled machine running on all cylinders, fueled by purpose, positivity, and playfulness.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Team, Team Building

A smarty’s guide to picking teams

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Aug 23, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Do you have an upcoming company event planned which involves breaking the company into teams? Nervous about how that might shake out? Don’t worry. We got you covered.

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Team, Company Retreats

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