Posts Categorized: Management

How Companies are Revamping “Traditional” Employee Benefits

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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?

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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 »

Are You Offering the Right Employee Perks?

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When attracting the best talent, it is vital that you have the right employee perks to offer them. This goes well beyond the traditional benefits package. In a competitive job market, potential employees are often looking for more than just a few weeks of paid time off and dental insurance. Looking beyond the benefits package… Read more »

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 »