Why You Should Listen to Music at Work

If you’re reading this now, chances are you’re wearing headphones. Maybe you’re listening to some mellow jazz music, or Beyoncé’s Lemonade (which you should definitely check out if you haven’t). Either way, music is a must when you take the subway to work every morning or want to relax at home in the evening. But… Read more »

How Colors Affect Work Productivity

Have you ever noticed the color of the walls at work? If the walls in your office aren’t white, they’re probably gray. Unfortunately, according to FastCompany, you should never paint your office walls white. It might seem clean, fresh, and crisp, but doesn’t it also remind you of a hospital? Too sterile and bland for… Read more »

How Companies are Revamping “Traditional” Employee Benefits

One of the best ways for employers to attract and retain employees is through offering a generous suite of benefits. Cash may still be king, but benefits are undeniably royalty. More and more employers are offering a unique portfolio of benefits to differentiate themselves from their competitors. The glitz and glam of the new age… Read more »

Six Effective Leadership Styles — Which One Do You Use?

Effective leadership is essential to getting the best out of your employees. It takes time and experience to achieve a leadership style that works, though. In order to speed up the learning curve and become a great leader quickly, it’s often helpful to study how others lead. You can pick up tips and tricks by looking at those around you, and… Read more »

10 of the Most Popular Employee Perks of 2015

Who doesn’t love cracking open a cold one with your cube-mate and chatting about the latest in the office? A good happy hour is a staple in the perk world, but it can be hard to come up with other ideas to engage employees in the workplace. We’ve spent the last year providing some awesome… Read more »

Breaking Down Employee Benefits: 5 Different Types You Should Know

Employee benefits are quickly becoming a vital tool for employers when attracting new talent. The companies that offer these fringe benefits, instead of just competitive salaries, are better able to stand out from the crowd. Here is a list of the five basic benefits that companies are now offering – are you keeping up with… Read more »

5 Unconventional Corporate Perks your Staff will Love

5 Unconventional Corporate Perks your Staff will Love By Aspire You spend more time with your colleagues than almost anyone else. You know their families, what TV show they’re currently binge-watching, and their favorite lunch spots (yeah, we all know you go to Chipotle every Friday). Sometimes when you plan team bonding activities, though, all… Read more »

5 Ways to Pull Off a Fantastic Event

I’m terrified of planning events. If I put all the time and effort into a giant birthday party for our company and no one shows up, who will eat all of my handcrafted cake pops? Worse, what if only a handful of people arrive and it’s… boring!? This is the stuff of nightmares for me and consequently… Read more »

7 DC offices we’re swooning over

We office hunted a few months ago here at Aspire, and we’re feeling great about our choice. But, we were inspired by DC Inno’s “Office Envy” series to take a look at offices other companies have built for themselves in the Metro area to see just how well we did. Having a sweet place to call your home away… Read more »

5 ways to beat that Halloween sugar rush in your office

This year, Americans will spend over $6.9 billion celebrating Halloween. That includes the costumes, pet costumes, decorations, and $2.1 billion spent on candy. The season is spooky and fun, but it’s also expensive and packed with sugar and drinks. While we love this holiday as much as the next guy “dressed up” in his superhero t-shirt, we’re… Read more »