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This Start-up wants to help companies re-engage employees while returning to the office

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale start-up, JabberYak, has developed a new team-building Office Name Plate to help employees re-connect and re-engage as they return to the office.

"As we enter a post-pandemic world, we are seeing companies go through major transitions as they try to navigate the return to the office. Isolation, Zoom fatigue, and lack of social interactions among team members have had an adverse mental impact on employees," says Gail Levinthal, CEO of JabberYak.

At the same time, employees can feel overwhelmed and disconnected during the transition and a poorly designed work model can have a profound negative impact on teamwork and productivity.

JabberYak is set to make the transition smoother by getting co-workers to re-connect and get to know each other again. JabberYak's platform enables employees to select their top seven personal interests that give insight into who they are. The selected interests then get printed on customized name plates and displayed on offices, cubicles, or collaborative workspaces. This will enable employees to learn something new about each other, build relationships based on common interests, ease social interactions, and improve the level of engagement with team members.

"Folks are returning to the office, and they have not seen each other for a year or two and many new employees have not even met their team members. There is lot of pressure on companies to find ways to build cohesive teams that know and trust each other," adds Levinthal. "We have taken an old office item, like a name plate, which is there for everyone to basically ignore... completely revamped it and turned it to a fun team building tool."

JabberYak's analytics dashboard helps companies understand what activities are valued by the team members and what appreciation perks should be offered.

JabberYak's other icebreaker, team-building, and customer engagement products include customized T-Shirts, event badges, name tags, and free event scheduling tool, designed to ignite meaningful, face-to-face communication.

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This Startup Wants to Get People Talking Again!

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A new Arizona company, JabberYak, is on a mission to engage people with common interests using their ice breakers products, including customized T-Shirts, event badges, name tags, and office name plates designed to ignite meaningful, face-to-face communication without relying on personal devices.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting more than 40 million adults*. During the pandemic, about four in ten adults in the U.S. reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder. As things start to open post-pandemic, many people are experiencing even more anxiety when thinking about getting back into a social routine after isolating for so long. (*Citation: see link below.)

One area that is most concerning to people is the socialization that comes with returning to the office or events. Many professionals haven't seen their coworkers in over a year and those that are new to the company will be meeting their peers in person for the first time. When you are in the office, you're expected to connect with new people, and it can be difficult to navigate the flow of conversation.

JabberYak is founded by two Scottsdale-based women. Gail Levinthal is a former event planner who immigrated from South Africa in the 1990s, and Shideh Doerr is an entrepreneur and first generation Persian American. The two women developed JabberYak after seeing how difficult it was for those around them to connect with others, especially in large group settings such as corporate and singles events, holiday parties and even family reunions. While on a cruise with her family, Levinthal noticed how many people stopped to talk to her son because of the college shirt he was wearing. She saw that people were more willing to connect if they had a common interest.

The duo connected with serial entrepreneur and investor, Mack Baniameri and launched the JabberYak products in June 2021.

"The pandemic disrupted our lives in such a way that going back to a pre-covid routine can be intimidating," said Gail Levinthal, co-founder and CEO of JabberYak. "It's natural to feel anxious about the world opening up again, but with the right tools in place, the transition can be smooth and seamless. Knowing the interests of the people around you before the first word is even spoken can ease social anxiety and lead to more quality, meaningful conversations."

JabberYak's platform enables individuals to select their top seven personal interests that give insight into who they are. The selected interests then get printed on customized items that can be worn to work, meetings, events and displayed in the office. JabberYak products ultimately create a fun atmosphere, eases social interaction, build relationships, and improve the level of engagement with conference attendees, co-workers or customers.

JabberYak also offers an analytics dashboard to organizers prior to an event, providing valuable insight into who will be attending.

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