Building better connections through PLAY.

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

Founding Zog Story

Posted by Rob Herzog on Sep 19, 2017 12:43:00 PM

Many of you have heard me tell this story. In July 2001, I got a new job as the VP of Operations for Marsh & McLennan’s internet group. My office was on the 96th Floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower. On the morning of September 11th, there were dozens of little things I did on my way to work that I didn’t usually do: I hit the snooze button twice, dropped off my laundry, picked up my held mail (and stopped to toss the junk mail), took the local train instead of the express, and numerous other small decisions that caused me to arrive at work five minutes late.

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Topics: CSR, Team, About, Company

I Was My Company's Team Captain and It Changed My Life

Posted by Rob Herzog on Aug 11, 2017 10:22:00 AM

I was 22 years old. It was my first job post college. I already missed the camaraderie of college and playing intramural sports, but this was my first real job (and a tough one at that — at global consulting firm Mercer). I needed to focus 100% on work. Make a good impression. Show them how committed I was. Didn’t I?

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Topics: Play, Team, Connection, Community, Company Culture

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