Totem is Helping Customers Bring Office Culture Online
Totem is Helping Customers Bring Office Culture Online

Totem is Helping Customers Bring Office Culture Online

The long awaited lifting of lockdown is here and employers are planning their return to the office, however new safety regulations, adaptability to remote working and growing anxiety has impacted what that return looks like. That’s why we’re excited to announce our new features that help businesses increase visibility, build trust and help businesses adapt to the new normal.  Research shows 65% of people in the UK are anxious about the return to work and 57% do not want to go back to a normal office environment with normal office hours. COVID has shaken up the way we think about...

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Employee Engagement: What Good Looks Like in the New Normal
Employee Engagement: What Good Looks Like in the New Normal

Employee Engagement: What Good Looks Like in the New Normal

The world of work has changed dramatically in what feels like an eternity of the same really long day. Company stand-ups, all hands, coffee breaks and brainstorms have all moved online, where we’ve realised new challenges around video call burnout, unprecedented realms of wifi issues and general challenges around remote productivity.  As we start to consider our return to the office and how that might look, it’s important to consider the impact so much change has had on employee engagement. We know what good looked like, but how does that translate to the new normal?  Taking Accountability for Employee Engagement...

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How COVID is Transforming Culture, Wellbeing and the Workplace
How COVID is Transforming Culture, Wellbeing and the Workplace

How COVID is Transforming Culture, Wellbeing and the Workplace

It’s hard to gain clarity when you’re sitting in the eye of the storm, that storm being COVID-19. The virus has single handedly rocketed working life into the future. Huge businesses have done in a matter of weeks what would have taken years to implement but with this comes questions around the impact this has on employee wellbeing? And how will company culture adapt and evolve to support the new normal?  We were thrilled to have Marcus Thornley, Play and Totem CEO, join Mercer’s Nick McClelland, Partner & Growth Leader, and Teresa Beach, HR Director in their webinar to discuss...

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Taking Ownership of Your Work From Home Routine
Taking Ownership of Your Work From Home Routine

Taking Ownership of Your Work From Home Routine

Melissa Van Der Hecht, Product Manager at Kong, explains the importance of exploring and creating a remote working routine unique to you. It’s approaching June and many of us have been adjusting to remote working for the best part of two months. For a lot of us, this is very new and are finding it difficult to navigate time management, productivity and mental wellbeing. We held a Culture Open Mic Night to learn from other professionals adapting to the new normal, where they could share experiences, advice and tips to inspire and motivate us all.  In these sessions, we focus...

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How Totem is Keeping Furloughed Teams Engaged for Free
How Totem is Keeping Furloughed Teams Engaged for Free

How Totem is Keeping Furloughed Teams Engaged for Free

To help companies reconnect with their 7.5 million workers currently furloughed across the UK, we’re offering the Totem app for free.  COVID-19’s impact has forced workplaces to implement remote work culture overnight, transforming the way they communicate with their teams. Many management teams are ill-prepared to keep their people informed, engaged and connected; furloughed employees feeling particularly disconnected from their companies and colleagues.  In light of this, we’re offering Totem free to companies supporting furloughed teams. At Totem, it’s our goal to help companies build, measure and evolve work culture leading to a central space for company communication. So how...

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Culture Open Mic Night – Just Out Of Reach
Culture Open Mic Night – Just Out Of Reach

Culture Open Mic Night – Just Out Of Reach

Thank you to everyone who joined us on 2nd April for our first ever ONLINE Culture Open Mic Night. We had such a special evening learning from our speakers about how to maintain great workplace culture through working from home and remote working. Culture has been seen as a feeling or a vibe that you get in an office, and leaders have been able to let fate and spontaneity cover that for them. In a remote setting, the only way you are going to have culture is if you are intentional.  Darren Murph – GitLab Be sure to follow Totem...

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Cultural Connectedness During Crisis – A Chief Product Officer’s View
Cultural Connectedness During Crisis – A Chief Product Officer’s View

Cultural Connectedness During Crisis – A Chief Product Officer’s View

A lot can change in a short period of time. Just two weeks ago the Totem team had arrived back from a company ski trip. High on energy and looking forward to the challenges of the new financial year ahead. Like most of Europe, we hadn’t appreciated the full threat of Coronavirus on a global scale. We hadn’t appreciated that two weeks later the majority of us would be working from home. An alien notion for a company that prides itself on the culture we have built within our office. When the government’s Cobra meeting announced that the country would be...

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Play & Totem Secure Innovate Funding
Play & Totem Secure Innovate Funding

Play & Totem Secure Innovate Funding

In 2019 Play Consulting was successful in securing Innovate UK funding for the further development of Totem as a tool to measure, nurture and improve organisational culture. Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, funded by the UK government. They fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation, drive economic growth, and realise the potential of new ideas.  Play applied for funding to support our goal in developing a world-first approach to employee engagement through Totem, a unique workplace Culture Tech tool. We are looking to address global productivity gaps through the application of sophisticated analytics and gamification...

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Totem Talks #2 – Building Tech That Improves Culture
Totem Talks #2 – Building Tech That Improves Culture

Totem Talks #2 – Building Tech That Improves Culture

We’re joined by Chief Product Officer, Scott Byrne-Fraser from Play Consulting who explains his transition from managing culture change and engagement in previous roles such as DAZN, Amazon, BBC and Sky – through to leading a product team to build Totem, a solution that helps companies drive their internal culture goals.  In this episode, we explore how technology that is inspired by Social Media can drive engagement, and how Totem is different from the traditional tech stack at work. Scott explains how Totem uses Work Social to create a space for employees to engage with their company culture. Totem isn’t...

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Social Media – Good or Evil?
Social Media – Good or Evil?

Social Media – Good or Evil?

It was a brisk November evening on Bermondsey Street. The pavements had started to fill with feet busily rushing back to the warmth of their homes, bracing themselves for the commute ahead. Marching in the opposite direction, however, was a group of sales and marketing professionals en route to a very special event. An event designed around experience and how that can influence how someone thinks and feels… The Jiminny Open Mic Night was an utter hoot, and it was great to see so many new ideas shared across such a broad spectrum of individuals. I was lucky enough to...

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