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Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the Workplace

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Sep 15, 2022 11:57:31 AM

Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration beginning September 15 and an opportunity to celebrate the diverse culture, rich history, and contributions made by Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. 

Looking for ways to celebrate? We're here to help! Take some time as a company to connect and learn through one of these event ideas.

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Topics: Play, Team Building, Play at Work, Connection, Culture, Company Culture, diversity and inclusion, Employee Appreciation

Get a Glimpse of a ZogCulture City Hunt

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Aug 31, 2022 3:28:12 PM

Is your company looking for a new, creative way to get employees out of the office? Look no further than a ZogCulture City Hunt

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Topics: Play, Team Building, Play at Work, Connection, Company Culture, field day, outdoor events, City Hunt

City Hunts: Explore & Make Memories with Co-Workers

Posted by Jill Nawoyski on Jul 13, 2022 5:20:01 PM

How well do you know your office's neighborhood and your coworkers? 

Now that we're returning to work in-person, it's the perfect time to reconnect, make memories, share laughs, and get to know one another. What better way to do so than through a city-wide scavenger hunt?

Through a ZogCulture City Hunt, your company will break into teams and race against the clock to explore popular destinations, take photos, and answer trivia questions. This outdoor game is designed to bring employees out of their shells (and their cubicles)!

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Topics: Team Building, Play at Work, Company Culture, Fun, company morale, interns, City Hunt, Explore

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

What Does a Field Day Look Like?

Posted by Samantha Roblin on May 11, 2022 12:33:15 PM

You likely remember field days from elementary school, but what does it mean to have a field day as an adult with your co-workers? 

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Topics: Play, Team Building, Play at Work, Company Culture, field day, outdoor events

The What, Why and How of Hybrid Events

Posted by Lacey Gutekunst on Mar 16, 2022 10:53:34 AM

Recently, the concept of “hybrid work” has been swirling around the office, and our clients aren't quite sure what that will mean for running company events. Luckily, we're here to help!

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Topics: Team Building, Company Culture, virtual events, in-person events

GAME ON! 4 Reasons why your next company event needs fun & games

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Dec 7, 2021 3:15:00 PM

Company events can go in a lot of directions. They can be meaningful and heartfelt. Fancy and glamorous. Charitable and benevolent. Enriching and learning-focused. But guess what. Every single one of those events — in tone, style, and substance — can and should include games. Here's why.

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Topics: Team Building, Games, virtual team-building

Build Better Relationships with Your Colleagues with These 3 Tips

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Aug 25, 2021 10:15:00 AM

Think back to when you first started at your job. You were probably nervous, not just about the workload, but about how you'd fit in with the people you work with. Whether working remotely or in the same workplace, those relationships are important to feeling accepted, and feeling like a real member of the team.

No, you don't have to be best friends with everyone you work with, but it is very important that colleagues know each other beyond just the work you do. We've got 3 great tips to help your team connect more smoothly and easily.

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Topics: Team Building, Connection, virtual company events

How the Delta Variant Is Impacting Company Events

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Aug 4, 2021 10:15:00 AM

With COVID case numbers increasing due to the Delta variant, we've noticed some trends amongst our clients. We know there's a lot of uncertainty and that you may be trying to suss out what's happening so that you can make the best decisions for your own company. Here's what we're seeing in the market.

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Topics: Team Building, covid-19, virtual company events, virtual team-building

Should You Plan a Virtual or In-Person Event? The 2021 Dilemma.

Posted by Natalie Simmons on May 26, 2021 10:18:00 AM

Many of our clients have started announcing or rolling out their "return to office" policies for the year. While the progress toward normalcy feels SO great, it does make planning your company team-building events a little bit more complicated. Should you wait it out or risk cancellation and do in-person? Should you stick with virtual? And how do you know whether you're making the right choice?

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Topics: Team Building, company events, digital company events, virtual events, digital events

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

Top 5 Field Day Ideas to Improve Team Bonding

Posted by Angel Torres on Mar 5, 2020 12:36:56 PM

The perfect opportunity to engage your employees and improve company culture is when it gets warm outside. Why? Because it gives you the opportunity to relive the nostalgia of your school days, when you had one day dedicated to fun and good-natured competition.

It's time to have a field day!

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Topics: Team Building, Ideas, Company Culture, Sports, company events, Games, Activities, nostalgia, 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

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

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