Posts Categorized: The Better Workplace

The 8 Co-Workers You’ve Definitely Had

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If you’ve been working in “the real world” for at least a few years, you’ve probably realized that you’re going to interact with all kinds of personalities in the office. And unfortunately, you may not always get along with everyone. I mean, spending 40 hours a week (at least!) with the same people can really… Read more »

Tips on Beating Monday Morning Blues

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Feeling the Monday blues again? You’re not alone — it’s always tough to have to go back to work after a nice, relaxing weekend. In fact, according to a study done by British researchers, the average worker can’t even crack a smile until 11:16 am on Mondays. That’s how demoralized some of us can feel… Read more »

It’s Time to Go Pro Puppy at Work

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It’s almost Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 24th, if you didn’t already know), but why can’t every day be Bring Your Pet to Work Day? Some companies already allow pets in the workplace as one of their cornerstone office perks, and see that the benefits go far beyond simply having a furry friend… Read more »

5 Cool Productivity Apps to Check Out

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We take our smartphones and tablets almost everywhere we go. They’ve made it easy to get things done on-the-go, socialize and kill time. But the easier it is to do so, the more help we need focusing and staying on top of everything. No matter how short your attention span is, these apps will help… Read more »

Why You Should Listen to Music at Work

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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

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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

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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 »

7 DC offices we’re swooning over

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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 »

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 »