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Meaningful Employee Recognition Programs That Don’t Cost a Thing

To combat my end-of-ski-season blues, I’ve been dreaming about a pair of expensive, tricked-out skis. They’ll help me float through any snow conditions, backwards or forwards, and are magenta, a huge selling point for me. So, should I spend more than a month’s rent on them? The jury’s still out. But when it comes to recognizing your people, do you need the latest and greatest flashy technology? I’d argue that there are plenty of ways to help your people shine without spending a dime. Here are a few things to consider: First, consider your culture. Like any initiative, think about what will READ MORE ››



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Dancing like Maniacs

Today we had a dance party. That’s right – a dance party. Arms were flying, legs were kicking and booties were swaying. Right there in the middle of the office, we danced around for five minutes to a peppy song without judgment or chatter about work. And no, we haven’t lost our minds.As our fearless leader Liz Kelly mentioned in her blog about finding wisdom at work, movement throughout the day is essential for clear minds and efficient work. At Brilliant Ink, we’re making the conscious effort to get up and get moving. Here are a few things we’re trying:Walk & TalkOne-on-one meetings, updates READ MORE ››



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The Worst Interview I Ever Had

I thought I’d found the perfect job for my next career move as I was finishing up my MBA. It was doing strategic communications for a large Austin-based technology company (hint: it rhymes with Bell) and I’d done a couple of rounds of phone interviews. The team seemed great, the work was interesting and I was excited that they’d asked me to fly out for a final round of interviews. With a company provided plane ticket, rental car and hotel information in hand, I boarded the plane out of San Francisco hopeful about the future.We know from our Employee Experience Survey that 89% of employees say READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Happy Employee Appreciation Day! Here are some things to think about as you head into your weekend:3 Signs You’re Being Too Nice to Your Team- Being “too nice” can hinder employees’ growth. We gathered some advice on entering into this zone.How to Be More Appreciated at Work- Become more appreciated at work. Check out our simple tips to garner an engaging environment.The Secret to Starting a Big Project at Work: Treat it Like an Adventure – Ready, set, go! Take on new projects as if you we’re traveling to an unfamiliar place.Your Coaching Is Only as Good as Your Follow-Up Skills – Ever find READ MORE ››



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Finding Wisdom at Work

When was the last time you had a truly extraordinary day at work? I’m lucky enough to say that mine was yesterday, when I attended one of the most interesting daylong events of my entire career.The event was Wisdom at Work, which was held in conjunction with Wisdom 2.0 – a conference that explores the intersection of mindfulness and technology, and that has drawn 2,500 attendees to San Francisco this weekend.Wisdom at Work was considerably smaller – only 50 attendees or so – and it’s designed to create a space for participants to explore their gifts and true purpose, and discuss how to READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Friday. Inklings. Happy reading.The 12 Best Ways to Reward Employees on a Budget – Looking for some ideas about how to boost employee engagement? Look no further.11 Google apps you probably didn’t know existed – It goes without saying that Google rolls out many apps. Check ‘em out!How to sharpen your personal brand – “Branding” is a word that is thrown around a lot, especially in relation to business. How often do you stop to assess your personal image, though?What A Sober 6 A.M. Rave Can Do For You – That’s right…a dance party at 6AM. Attend one and maybe it will benefit your team’s dynamics READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Happy Friday, Inklings readers! See what’s been trending this week:5 Ways To Get Out Of A Funk – Got the winter blues? Try these tips to shake those funky feelings.Assessment: Should We Pursue This New Project? – Which questions should we be asking ourselves and colleagues to determine if we should pursue new projects? Here’s one checklist to try.How to Name Your Company (Infographic) – Have a great business idea but aren’t sure what to name it? Consider this.Which Is Better, To Be a Jack of All Trades or Master of One? – Perhaps it’s possible to be a bit of both.               How READ MORE ››



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Life's Little Blessings

When I was interviewing with Brilliant Ink, I remember being impressed by the unlimited vacation policy, generous bonus program, and attractive benefits, but I never thought to inquire about the company’s maternity leave policy. Perhaps I’m wrong here, but unless having a child is in your immediate future plan, a maternity-leave policy isn’t even a thought in your mind – at least it wasn’t with me. That is, until I found out I was expecting.Suddenly, I felt stressed and overwhelmed about how little I knew about maternity leave. How much time will I be able to take off to spend with my newborn? READ MORE ››



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Inklings

The weekend is just around the corner. And this week’s Inklings have arrived – check them out:3 Expert-Backed Tips for Achieving Your Biggest Goals – Most of us are quite proficient at setting goals…it’s achieving them that sometimes seems to be the problem. How do you get to the stage of reaching them?Stop Trying To Bribe Your Employees And Do This Instead – Bribery versus intrinsic motivation –which engages you more?Great Leaders Are Self-Aware – Do you agree that self-awareness is an essential characteristic of successful leaders?Project Manage Your Life – Project management skills are READ MORE ››



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Hearts Forward

Giving back has always been a part of who I am, and being part of a company culture that continually shows appreciation for others is vital to my workplace happiness. It keeps our people engaged, conveys a sense of purpose and allows us to contribute to something bigger than ourselves. Our CEO recently stated that as an employee engagement agency, we’re in the pursuit of “making businesses more human.”This statement stuck with me, as I tend to think companies are just in the business of making money rather than creating a better world. I did a bit of research and discovered that corporate READ MORE ››



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