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Employee Experience

Help for corporate editors

Developing great stories and features for your corporate intranet or newsletter is a time-consuming and often thankless task. You spend hours researching and writing articles that are read in a matter of minutes (if at all) and then displaced almost immediately by the next feature. Expectations are high and the workload is relentless, yet feedback (let alone praise) is hard...

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And the award goes to…

Here at Brilliant Ink, we’re in the midst of awards season. No, we’re not indulging in the Teen Choice awards or the MTV Video Music Awards (okay, maybe some of us are). For the past several months, we’ve been working with our clients to pursue a number of workplace awards, from Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best Companies,” to more specialized...

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Develop sweet communications – the fat-free kind

Look up from your screen for a moment and count how many tchotchkes you have sitting on your desk. Now, count how many are collecting dust. Sure, we all like a freebie every once in a while, but communications is more than ice cream socials and thousands of pens with your company’s logo.As communicators, we are storytellers with important, and...

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Wow your intern

My friends and I have been around the internship block. Some internships are superb, but others become horror stories for the freshmen. As Brilliant Ink’s newest student intern, allow me to shed some light on what internships make us sing about our employers.We love employers who: Give us worthwhile work. Nothing builds professional confidence like completing an important project from...

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Fresh Idea: Homegrown Speaker Series

Graduation season is approaching, which reminds me of a tradition at my Alma matter. School administrators don’t bring in big-name speakers for the commencement ceremony; instead, they invite graduating seniors to apply for the honor of giving the speech. The fact that there could still be snow on the ground in Maine in May could have played a part. But...

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Show Me the Meaning

“Show me the money.” It’s a now infamous line, thanks to Cuba Gooding and a little movie called Jerry Maguire. And let’s be honest: Gooding’s character, Rod Tidwell, was on to something. Money is important. It enables us to pay our mortgages, provide for our children, put food on our tables and fill our lives with the activities and possessions...

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Think twice about perks

How many times have you turned green with envy when you heard about a company’s jaw-dropping perks like these: dry cleaning on-site, decked out game rooms, free haircuts and subsidized (or free!) gourmet dinners? These seemingly fabulous incentives put visions in my head of wearing perfectly pressed clothes every day and turning into an organic-eating health nut. If I could...

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How to inspire the candidates you admire

Last week, the U.S. Labor Department announced that applications for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly four years. It’s encouraging news when a lot of what we’re hearing about the economy is gloom-and-doom. Here at Brilliant Ink, we’re seeing our own signs that things are turning around, too. One of our clients recently sought our support for...

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Learning from the best of the best

Yesterday, Fortune released its annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Since the list was introduced in 1998, it has become the gold standard of workplace awards, plastered across winners’ websites, touted by recruiters and coveted by companies across the country.So, what can the rest of us learn from these top companies? Sure, perks like gourmet food...

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