A company culture based on empathy? 13 reasons why ... | InspireHUB

It's one thing to make policies that put people first in company culture. It's another thing entirely to model them. But being part of a corporate social experiment designed to prove that putting the bottom line and people first are not competing ideals? Better buckle up!

Getting beyond lip-service often means a lot of falling down and getting things wrong before you find your groove. Our Founder, Karolyn Hart, jokes about our being "UnInspireHUB" while we fumbled through the transition from a more traditional workplace to the 100% remote -- and empowered -- workplace we have now. She's bent on disrupting some of the most toxic foundations of corporate culture, starting with ours.

While the sign-off on rebooting might happen at the top, the biggest changes often start from the bottom up. Buy-in has to be across all teams and pay grades. "Ask me anything" style collaboration, a willingness to kill sacred cows and valuing "impact" over "hours" may make great sound-bytes, but feel like very risky business when it comes to the bottom line.

And yet something funny happens when you treat people like capable adults. They tend to rise to the occasion, and so does your ROI.

 

Here are some of the experiments that have paid off best at InspireHUB...

 

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Ever wonder what building a piece of software looks like? | InspireHUB

We're pulling back the curtain to give you a peek at the magic behind the scenes.  Who knew the technical orchestration of bringing a piece of software to life could be so beautiful?  This video chronicles the adventure we embarked upon in 2014, unfolding the work of our development team right through to  February 2019.

Here's a glimpse at the birth of InspireHUB's award-winning IHUBApp, the Progressive Web App that makes communicating, collaborating and engaging simple!


InspireHUB 2018 Recap

Happy New Year! As we enter 2019 we’re left to reflect on all of the adventures we’ve had here at InspireHUB in 2018. Of course, we couldn’t have done any of this without our amazing support of family, friends, and clients alike!

Enjoy our 2018 InspireHUB Recap!


Creative Ways to Throw the Most Inspiring Holiday Workplace Celebrations Ever | InspireHUB

How do you cultivate meaningful moments of celebration in the workplace in a way that respects the diversity of cultures and traditions that make up the beautiful tapestry of your people? At one point or another, most of us have done the potlucks, the ugly Christmas sweaters and the Secret Santa gift exchanges. But the celebrations that pack in the most meaning and fun are the ones built around "experiences" not more "stuff."

At a time of year when budgets are already stretched thin, here are a handful of ways to reinvent holiday celebrations in the workplace, including the virtual ones, with a focus on inspiring experiences and "presence" not "presents."

Here's how to kick it "InspireHUB" style ...


Use These 6 Childhood Games in Your Organization to Instantly Increase Morale | InspireHUB

How important is a morale booster to your team?  Many communicators are stuck in ancient protocols that leave their internal communications boring and dry.  As research points out, employee engagement leads to both a happier workforce and a significantly healthier bottom line.

An increasing number of organizations are finding interesting lessons in the art of play, and more specifically in "gamification." Gamification recognizes that human behaviour revolves around the need for "validation" and "rewards" so finding what things are most meaningful to your employees in those areas and simple ways of "making it so" can be game-changers.

Here are 6 games you can adapt right now...


The startling scheduling hack that can increase your productivity, morale, and innovation at the same time! | InspireHUB

When we started InspireHUB, we knew that a “start-up” culture meant that we could expect long hours and days.  We were no exception as our small team passionately pursued our dreams. As the leader of our team, I had only one rule and that was that I requested everyone take one day off every seven days.  (Back then, it wasn’t unusual for us to work weekends. Welcome to startup life.) Some followed it, some did not as they elected to try and get ahead of their work.

To say our team was “highly engaged” would be an understatement.  Requests from managers for staff to take extra time off (meaning working a normal work week like everyone else) was met with protest.  Our team wore their efforts like gamified badges even bragging about “starting second shifts” when the normal people of the world went home.  We were putting out huge amounts of code and work products. The team was passionately engaged. We were living the startup dream!

We were in serious trouble.


5 simple ways to use video to reach employees and boost engagement | InspireHUB

People prefer video!  You are desperate to keep your employees "in the know" but the reality is that with increasing dispersed channels it's not easy.  Nothing is worse than one of your employees discovering an important company announcement from an outside channel.  Video is a game changer and we're here to help with some great ideas on how you can leverage this great tool for your organization's internal communications.

 

Want more proof that video gets more engagement than text-based content and email? Read on...

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