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Employee Experience

Bored by the daily grind

Disengaged by the daily grind? Time to speak up!

Disengaged by the daily grind? Time to speak up!   A friend of mine recently shared on LinkedIn:   “Despite working in an exciting lab, I find myself being worn down by the daily grind. Too much routine seems to be pedantic and saps my creativity in the lab. What are your tricks for staying engaged at work?”   If you’re feeling a bit ‘meh’ about...

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attract candidates stellar interview

Make Your Candidates Fall in Love: Tips for a Stellar Interview

  We all know how important first impressions are, right? My first impression of Brilliant Ink has been stellar. I am new to the field, and wanted to share an observation I had on the world of internal communications and the employee experience – especially as someone who’s just gone through the interview and hiring process.   It seems that the relationship you...

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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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diversity

Diversity is NOT a four-letter word

  Last week, as I’m sure you’ve heard, a Google engineer had his very own Jerry Maguire moment. He penned a 3,000-word memo diving deep into gender biases, and (I’m generalizing here) concluding that biological differences explain why there isn’t equal representation of women in tech and leadership positions. Apparently, according to “Jerry”, women are more agreeable and strive for work-life...

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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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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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Stop begging candidates

Stop begging your candidates!

  We have been doing a lot of work lately helping our clients to define their Employee Value Proposition (or EVP), and one thing that I’ve LOVED seeing is how many of our clients are embracing the fact that their company isn’t for everyone. All too often, companies are so focused on “selling” their workplace to prospective employees, that they lose...

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employee experience

The Employee Experience Summit Recap

Last week, I had the pleasure of chairing the Advanced Learning Institute’s Employee Experience Summit here in New York. It was tremendously energizing to step away from my daily work and spend a few days with so many super-smart people who care so deeply about creating meaningful employee experiences. When you consider that the average worker spends about 90,000 hours at...

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mindfulness

Mindfulness for the Real World

  “Between stimulus and response, there is a space.” – Viktor Frankl   At a recent planning session for our team, we spent quite a bit of time discussing mindfulness. Yes, mindfulness has become quite the buzzword lately, but what exactly is it? And what might it mean in the real world, outside the yoga studio? According to UC Berkeley’s Greater Good, mindfulness is defined...

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