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Employee Experience

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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Simplify Your Intranet

Your Intranet: No Need for Instructions

What’s your New Year’s resolution? We’ve got one you can stick to—and it doesn’t require any fancy gym equipment or crazy diets. Make your intranet easier to use. There are ways to make your site fool-proof without a major re-haul. We promise! We believe employees shouldn’t need training to use an intranet. They spend at least part of their day online—watching...

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Less is More

The picture to the left shows the many posters we’re required by federal, state and local government to display in our little office. If you’ve already fallen asleep, I can’t blame you. Have you ever seen anything more boring or less reader-friendly?We’ve posted them in the closet because, frankly, they’re an eyesore. More importantly, they’re absolutely ineffective at their apparent...

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Collaborating Co-workers

The Brilliant Ink team has grown a lot in the past year (and I don’t just mean the recent arrival of two new Brilliant babies). As we’ve continued to welcome new team members – many of whom work remotely in other cities outside of San Francisco – we’ve had to work harder than ever to make sure we’re working together...

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