Blend and Friends Featured for Playing

It’s not all websites and strategy. Sometimes ... it’s curling.

  • Jun. 24 2014

 

Blend Interactive — and downtown friends Fresh Produce, as well as Poet and Raven — were featured in a recent Argus Leader article about the importance of taking time off to have shared experiences with your colleagues. In our case, it was curling.

And, the Washington Times picked it up. Which is cool, but we'll be honest: thankfully, we’re not getting a glut of requests to make new curling sites.

From the original Argus Leader article, "Businesses find playing pays off":

When people work hard, it is important to balance that with play, executives say.

While none of the companies can list a monetary return on investment for team building, they say it fosters teamwork, stronger communication and content employees. That adds up to better company productivity.

Getting to know each other outside of work helps at work, Santi said. That’s one reason Blend has lunch catered into the company kitchen each Friday. Workers sit around one big table and can talk about things other than work. Blend designed its office to have a full, homey kitchen and other collaborative space.

“I feel like communication is critical on projects. When you know the people well that you work with, it’s easier to communicate,” Santi said.