Creating arbejdsglæde in your office

If you’re in the U.S., you’ve probably never heard of arbejdsglæde. You probably can’t even say arbejdsglæde. Actually, you probably have no idea what that little “æ” is! Arbejdsglæde is incredibly important for the U.S. workforce though – and our Nordic friends have a word to tell us what we’re missing. Arbejdsglæde — pronounced ah-bites-gleh-the… Read more »

How do you measure company culture?

Seems counterintuitive, right? How can you measure something that is by its very nature intangible? It’s like measuring a friendship. What makes a “good” friendship? Well, the first thing you have to determine is what “good” means. Does “good” mean that you know everything about each other’s lives and are so close that sometimes people… Read more »

Spotlight: From the Farmer

We spent a brisk, fall morning touring the warehouse and getting to know the people at From the Farmer, a local startup delivering farm-fresh food to the doorsteps of DC, MD and VA residents. Read on to learn how companies like yours are focusing on intentionally creating inclusive cultures. You can tell you’re in a… Read more »

What happens if we get rid of management?

Just a little backstory for those of you who don’t know Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, The BFG (which is short for big friendly giant) in which the world’s only good giant pairs up with a young girl, Sophie, to convince the Queen of England to capture the child-eating giants in Giant Country. The BFG… Read more »

Why you should be investing in your employees

About half of your employees are gazing out the window right now, dreaming of a job where their bosses applaud their efforts, where they can take the slide down to the 5th floor instead of the elevator, and where whole teams sign up for Tough Mudders on the company’s dollar. These day-dreams are many employees’… Read more »

Welcome!

Welcome to Aspire’s blog, Building Better Workplaces! You’re probably here because you, like us, think there’s a little something you can do to make your workplace just a little happier, a bit more fulfilling, or a smidge more awesome. Together, we will look for that something through posts about the big stuff and the little… Read more »