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Best Practices

Small team, big strengths.

Because Brilliant Ink is a fully remote team, with employees spread across the country, our annual company retreat has become a sacred time for us. We gather for two days to unplug from our day-to-day work and refocus on some of our bigger priorities - connecting as a team, growing as individuals and developing as an organization. And with a...

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How to get your mojo back after a flop

  Whether you work at a growing start-up or your company’s name has turned into a verb, you’re going to have setbacks—big and small. You’ve probably experienced this a few times over the course of your career, and if not, call me. I’ll share a few of my spectacular screw-ups.   So, how do you recover gracefully? Here are some ideas (and hiding...

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How to Make Working From Home Actually Work

“I would never get anything done.” “I would stay in my pajamas all day.” “I would sleep in every day.”   These are the common responses I receive when I tell people I’ve worked from home for the past four years. Working remote can be a controversial topic, as evidenced by instances of companies cracking down on workers who telecommute (see: IBM and Yahoo)....

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Choosing a new intranet

Choosing a new intranet solution? Start here.

Thinking of revamping or re-launching your intranet and don’t know where to start when choosing a new intranet provider? Read this first. As employee experience aficionados, we've seen our fair share of intranets (we’ve even built a library for all-things intranet-related). Believe us—choosing an intranet is no small feat. So, here’s our best advice for choosing a new intranet provider wisely:   1. Ask...

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GPTW Great Place to Work

GPTW: Learning from the best of the best

  Last week, I attended the Great Place to Work Conference in Chicago. This enormous and well-attended conference is hosted annually by the Great Place to Work (GPTW), which developed and publishes the 100 Best Companies to Work For list in Fortune magazine, among many other top workplace awards. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best List, and GPTW...

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Grief: Addressing the elephant in the office

Cake, balloons, a champagne toast. These are just some of the ways we might celebrate a colleague’s birthday, engagement, or pregnancy at the office. But what do we do when a member of the team experiences loss or grief? Jointly signing a sympathy card or sending flowers might sound familiar. Because of the fear of making our grieving coworker feel uncomfortable or...

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job application experience

8 Tips to Improve Your Job Application Experience

Think about how the job application and hiring process has changed in a few generations. From word-of-mouth to the local paper to online professional networks and job sites, a lot has changed in just a few decades. Today, according to Pew Research, among Americans who have looked for work in the last two years, 79% utilized online resources in their most...

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