Posts Categorized: Management

Can frequent feedback promote an efficient company culture?

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Millennials are all about instant gratification in their personal lives. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, even texting, all result in immediate responses — I like this, she shared that, you commented on that. Or, as I’m sure we’ve all said, “I posted that hours ago. Only three likes?!” We’ve known since the advent of Snapchat (the first… Read more »

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

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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 »

Investing in Your Culture: The Bottom Line

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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 »

Resolved: Increase Retention in 2015

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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

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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 »

‘Tis the Season of Performance Reviews

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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

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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 »

Creating arbejdsglæde in your office

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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 »

Spotlight: From the Farmer

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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 »