The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

How many times have you done someone a favor, not because you actually wanted to, but because you respect and care about the person who asked you? If you’re anything like me, it’s a lot. Now, imagine if you had these kinds of relationships with your boss – or better yet, with your customers. How… Read more »

Can we salvage the interview process?

Designed by Freepik We’re hiring (!) here at Aspire, so we’ve been reading far and wide to discover the best and most creative ways to approach the hiring process. From the first interview to the final offer, how can we find the right candidates for our company? No one (and we mean no one — not… Read more »

Investing in Your Culture: The Bottom Line

5:27 AM. A busy CEO rolls over, glancing at his phone before his morning run. 513 unread emails. “Q4 numbers – URGENT,” “Focus group study results in – new shirts underperforming” read just two of the first ones he glanced at. With only 24 hours in a day (and really, you need to sleep at… Read more »

How can we keep our millennials?

Some millennials plan to grow at their companies, picturing graduation from their entry-level cube to a corner office. Others have short tenures already in motion, using their cube as a launching pad to a new position, a new company, and maybe even a new industry. Can you influence how many of your millennials stay? You… Read more »

Resolved: Increase Retention in 2015

What are your resolutions for 2015? Everyone has some personal ones (“do laundry before it becomes a living monster in my closet” or “quit eating the whole box of Oreos in one sitting”), but do you have any that are work-related? We’re betting you do – and that lots of people on your team do,… Read more »

A Vacation Policy to Reflect our Culture

Here at Aspire, we like upending workplace norms. We wrote before about flat organizational structures and we relish the experiments at Buffer that are opening the doors on secret salaries. We recently installed a couple of standing desks to see if we could maybe not have sore backs by the end of the day. [Update:… Read more »

Happy Holidays from Aspire!

After a very exciting first year delivering perks, we’re looking forward to an awesome 2015! Below are a few pictures from our recent silent auction with DC’s WeWork community. We’re looking forward to spreading more smiles next year!  We wish you a happy holiday season and hope you spend time celebrating with those most important to… Read more »

‘Tis the Season of Performance Reviews

Now that it’s December, you’re probably setting aside time to hole up in your office and write end of year reviews for your direct reports. If you’re like 99% of the world, this gives you massive anxiety. Having direct, frank conversations with even your top performers can be a stressful endeavor. Read on for some… Read more »

SWATCHROOM Company Spotlight: Designing a Workspace to Reflect Your Culture

We had the opportunity to sit down with the Founders and Principals of SWATCHROOM to discuss the role of design in company culture. MaggieO’Neill and Warren Weixler founded SWATCHROOM as an interior, furniture, lighting, 3D art and creative design firm focused on experiential design. SWATCHROOM locally sources much of its work from artists in the heart… Read more »