Employee Engagement

Why employee engagement needs to be more than just campaigns and rewards

In 2020 I read The Art of Resilience by Ross Edgley. In the book, Ross shares the story of his swim round the UK. There are many aspects to the story that have stayed with me and one, in particular, made me write a blog at the end of last year too about how easily …

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Working from home reduces productivity by 20%

Last week I shared a podcast clip from The Diary of a CEO. It’s hosted by Stephen Bartlett and in this episode, he interviews retail consultant and broadcaster, Mary Portas. The clip I shared (25.30) is the part of the conversation where they discuss remote work and the importance of the office – I agree …

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Setting our direction – a virtual event for LifeArc

LifeArc is an independent medical research charity helping turn promising early science into products that improve patients’ lives. At the start of 2021, the charity wanted to communicate its strategy and launch four new goals to all employees. We have worked with the LifeArc Corporate Affairs team over several years. Our role has been to …

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The pandemic revolution

The pandemic revolution

It’s going to take us 25 years to reap the true benefits of flexible working… that’s if the industrial revolution is anything to go by. During my camping holiday in Cornwall I finished reading Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed and I cannot recommend it enough. I have highlighted so much of the book but a …

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How to return to the workplace (or not) – in a post-COVID world

This article is a snippet from the Inspiring Workplaces eBook, which is packed with lots of suggestions from the top 101 influencers. Jenni was asked to contribute and she talks about the fact that hybrid isn’t new; people have been working flexibly for years and there are millions of workers who serve on the frontline …

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Finding calm in a global crisis

In this article for CIPR International about finding calm in a global crisis, Jenni discusses The Field Model™ and the impact of globalisation on organisations. “Internal communication has never been more important. In a year when we’ve been forced to change how we’ve worked for decades, the need to connect and engage a workforce in …

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Leadership Insights for Professionals

Six leadership skills to master for better internal communication

In this article for Insights for Professionals, Jenni discusses how leadership is more than being able to delegate. Without effective communication, a leader’s team can quickly descend into chaos and disorder: “The defining trait for leaders shouldn’t be their ability to transform – doing what you do well, focusing on the basics and becoming an …

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autonomy

Empowered decision-making is not really decision-making at all

When it comes to the different approaches to management and culture, many leaders have moved on from command and control. This top-down approach has its place in organisations where leaders prefer to be the authority figure – the ultimate decision-makers. The problem is that this rigid approach doesn’t allow team members to develop management or …

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audio zoom fatigue

How to beat Zoom fatigue and harness the power of audio

May is National Walking Month in the UK. When I was speaking at the Global Women in PR Inside Stories event recently, I talked about the rise of audio and how its popularity is due largely to the fact you can listen while you walk, drive, run or clean. During the hour session I shared …

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Communication and chaos

Keep calm: fix organisational chaos, streamline communication and drive engagement

Organisations are complex. People are complex. It takes time and some difficult conversations to find calm amongst the chaos. This article – Keep calm: fix organisational chaos, streamline communication and drive engagement – was written by Jenni Field for Catalyst, the publication of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Jenni talks about how chaos …

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Influential Internal Communication

The Internal Comms Podcast – in this episode, Jenni talks to Katie Macaulay about the ideas and frameworks outlined in her new book, Influential Internal Communication. Katie and Jenni talk about chaos – what this looks like from a business perspective and what causes disorder – and how to use communication as a diagnostic tool …

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How to make your online event a success

For an event organiser, “online” and “virtual” have been the industry buzzwords over the last year. Here Sarah Weston, who is part of the Redefining Communications collective, talks about what makes an online event a success. Hosting a virtual event requires the same thought and attention to detail as an in-person event. It is important …

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Trust and narrowing the say-do gap

How often do you say you’re going to do something and then put it on the backburner? Here, Chloe Michel, marketing specialist, and part of the Redefining Communications collective discusses the say-do gap and what we can do to narrow it. With so many deadlines, conflicting demands and constantly changing circumstances, the say-do gap – …

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What is Mental Resilience?

As a mental resilience trainer, John Humphreys’ goal is to help people learn the art of resilience. John is part of the Redefining Communications collective and, in this long read, he answers some frequently asked questions related to mental resilience. What is mental resilience? Firstly, let’s look at the dictionary definitions of both words: Mental …

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Employee engagement and internal communication are not the same thing

Internal communication was in the spotlight as one of the core disciplines within the communication remit last year. As we’ve moved office teams to work remotely and our frontline teams have been front of mind during the pandemic, our work in internal comms has enjoyed a bit of stardom. After years of being in the …

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Why being more specific in 2021 is essential for organisations

At the end of last year, I asked my community across LinkedIn and Twitter what they thought the trends were going to be for business and communications in 2021. I asked people from across the globe and I also reached out to my contacts in the USA to find out what their specific views were. …

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Maslow's hierarchy of needs

Aligning needs to employee engagement – how we can easily get it wrong with the best intentions

Many people working in communications, marketing and PR will be familiar with Marlow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It is often one of the main models taught when studying the theory behind what we do. I revisited it recently in the book Art of Resilience, by Ross Edgley, and a story in that book made me think …

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Mental resilience

Spotting burnout: seven ways to solve your stress cycle

I’ve been doing a lot of research recently into mental resilience, reading about the increasing burnout, stress and loneliness we’re experiencing; the sense of being overwhelmed and difficulty in separating our work life from home life. Much of this, of course, has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that many of us …

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Why routine and focus is a challenge right now

This week I finished listening to the audio version of Ross Edgley’s Art of Resilience. He talks a lot about circadian rhythm in the book (which tells the story of his endurance swim round the United Kingdom) and towards the end he mentioned zeitgebers. All of this got me thinking about work, why we are …

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Employee Apps – where do we start?

In a world where most of us have smartphones (76% of people in “advanced economies”), be that a company device or personal, we are better connected with our employers now than ever before. Thanks to our devices we can receive news/updates, employee services, and all manner of work-related activities anytime/anywhere. This has been of particular …

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Hybrid working – what people are really thinking

The phrase “Hybrid working” isn’t new but it’s being used more and more. Most of us will understand it to mean a blend of working from home and the office, with greater flexibility than we had pre-Covid. It sounds reasonable enough, but what are the realities of this new way of working? What do leaders …

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What questions are we still asking?

Our blog celebrated its 10th birthday this week and we’ve been going back through the archives to see what has/hasn’t changed. We’ve picked the top three things that jumped out at me but feel free to have a scroll through, let us know what you think! 1. What is internal communication (IC)? Back in 2012 …

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When home-working isn’t always the future you think it is

Since we all shifted to working from home I have been wondering; what will cities and offices look like in the future and what will our homes become if this becomes the ‘new normal’. I’m fascinated to see what will happen to the world of work when we are gradually allowed back outside and back …

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How do ‘Connected Companies’ communicate in a crisis?

This morning I joined Hannah Sardar from Workplace by Facebook for a webinar hosted by the team (Graham Mackay and Jack Paine) at Generation Digital. Between the three of us we covered some of the themes around communications in a crisis, how Workplace can be the tool to help connect your teams and how to …

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Edelman’s Trust Barometer 2020: is ethics on your radar?

Edelman’s Trust Barometer has been running for 20 years. With over 34,000 respondents across 28 markets, it’s a trusted source and snapshot into trust in business, government, NGOs and media. Many of us working in communications have the annual launch date of this report marked in our diaries because we use these findings to inform …

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How do you achieve great communication in a multi-site organisation?

Last year Lee Sheldon, founder of Mastering Multi-Units (MMU) invited me onto his podcast to talk about my experience in supporting organisations communicate with a remote workforce. I worked with Lee during my time at SSP as the Head of Internal Communications for the UK where our challenge was to communicate effectively with 10,000 employees. …

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Why the new labour policy won’t help the employee voice

This week the Labour party announced plans to bring the employee voice into the Boardroom. Under Labour’s plans, all companies with a workforce of 250 or more, whether public or private, would be required by law to reserve at least one third of places at the boardroom table for employee representatives. While the theory is …

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The art of science and engagement in internal communication

We know that internal communicators are struggling to influence at the top, finding digital adoption hard across organisations and working with limited budgets. Some of the conversation we need to have are increasingly challenging and opinion or experience might not be enough to win your case. Last week, at the CIPR Northern Conference in Newcastle, …

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From informing to engaging: the role of IC in driving engaging and authentic leadership communications

This morning CIPR Inside and Luminous hosted an Ask the Guru event all about the shift from informing to engaging audiences inside organisations. As the Chair of CIPR Inside I was there to open the event and facilitate any questions. The event was designed to explore the role of internal communication in driving engaging and …

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Employee engagement isn’t about happiness, it’s about outcomes

Is employee engagement still on your agenda? A few weeks I blogged on AB thinks (for my client AB) about employee engagement and employee experience – here are my thoughts on how things have changed… Today commentators are using a new term – employee experience – described as the next competitive frontier for organisations. The …

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Tips for communicating with volunteers

Last week I was asked for some insight into volunteer communication on the back of my involvement with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). I have been working with CIPR for a number of years and leading the internal communications group has given me some understanding of what to consider when communicating and engaging …

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Four things I heard at the Employee Engagement Awards Conference

Last week I attended my first Employee Engagement Awards Conference – hosted by Ruth Dance and organised by Matt Manners and the team behind the global employee engagement awards. I was excited to attend a conference dedicated to employee engagement as it’s been a while since I attended something that wasn’t focussed purely on communication. …

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What is the state of the sector in 2018?

Last week I attended the Gatehouse (Gallagher Communications) State of the Sector research*. It was an insightful morning with some good debate in the room and a clear desire to further understand some of the data points. The research shows the results from over 650 communication professionals representing more than 400 organisations and based all …

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Time to choose salad instead of a pie

Attending the Edelman trust research breakfast launch earlier this week got me thinking. Trust in organisations and leadership is something I feel incredibly passionate about. This is, in part, because it’s something we all have the power to change. And while it isn’t simple, it shouldn’t be difficult to be open and honest with employees.  …

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Align, drive or engage – can all three come together?

Everything I am reading about what 2016 will bring to internal communications is about employee engagement. And at a time when I’m putting pen to paper on my own communications strategy it got me thinking about what it does in my organisation – and I’m not sure employee engagement is on the list. Writing that …

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We’re all in the same boat… well ark!

I attended my first SMiLE London event yesterday hosted by the lovely team at Simply Communicate. In the summer of 2012 we launched an online tool to allow collaboration, de-centralised comms and people directories. It wouldn’t be a lie to say we have struggled with adoption ever since. It is our only online platform and …

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If you don’t care about me then I don’t care about you

Is employee engagement this simple? If an employee feels that their employer doesn’t care then do they stop caring about what they’re doing? 2013 saw a huge surge in conversations around employee engagement; conferences, podcasts, toolkits from the government but have we actually made any difference. With papers coming out about CEOs thinking it’s a …

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Yakkety Yak! The launch of The Big Yak with The IC Crowd

Yesterday The IC Crowd hosted The Big Yak in Richmond. Over 130 internal comms people came together on a Saturday for debate, discussion and idea generation on all things internal comms. As one of the founders of The IC Crowd it was a great experience to organise the day and something we are all very …

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Twitter, Brands and Employees: Are you an ambassador online?

Tonight I tuned into #swchat on Twitter where the topic of employees, brands and social media was the discussion point. The debate opened with the question: Are employees on social media ambassadors for their brand even if their role is not a customer facing one? It was a timely debate given the article I read …

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Melcrum Summit Day Two: From the Twittersphere 2012

After posting about the content shared from day one, I thought it was only appropriate to do the same for day two. The topics for this years summit was Competing on the Curve: Re-engineering internal communications for agility, productivity and impact… And looking at the content the delegates were sharing, I’d say this was achieved. …

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Getting started in internal comms? Why not ask a guru?

Yesterday I attended a session hosted by CIPRInside called Ask the Guru. An event aimed at new people in internal comms and providing them a few hours to ask a panel of three gurus anything they liked. I was very privileged to be one of the gurus, alongside Dana Leeson and Tom Crawford. We were …

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Building a social workplace? It’s all about business change

Yesterday saw the second Social Workplace Conference hosted by Crexia take place in London. With a bigger turn out than November we had some great discussions and saw some great case studies about what works and what doesn’t in the world of social tools in the workplace. Here are some of my highlights….. The biggest …

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To build a team we must be rowing in the same direction

Earlier this year our Rail division went through some changes and our Operations Director for London and Midlands, was asked to take over the Northern Rail business aswell. He had developed a strong culture (known as the Friendly Division) in his region so I asked him to write a guest post explaining how he will …

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Creating an Internal Brand – it will keep your customers

Over the next few days I am reviewing my past 9 months in my role as internal communications manager and looking into papers and research I have gathered to help. Combining all this information is not only going to help me finalise my communications plan and policy, but also ensure that I have a focussed …

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Melcrum’s Strategic Communication Management Summit: Day Two 2010

After a brilliant day one I was holding out a lot of hope for day two and it certainly delivered. With talk on the internal comms role in business, culture, social media and Melcrum research there are lots of highlights to share with you all. My first caveat is that due to work meetings I did …

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Melcrum’s Strategic Communication Management Summit: Day One 2010

For those that did attend or could not make it – here are some of the highlights from Day One at this years Melcrum SCM. If you want to keep up to speed throughout tomorrow check out #melcrumscm on Twitter! Cascade Vs Dialogue A main topic for the day – how do you get people talking …

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Understanding the deskless workforce – the results are in

I know it has been ages since I last blogged but things have taken a turn for the busy! What I can now do though, is feedback on the results from the survey that I undertook in my first six months. As I started the function here I needed to find out more about what people thought of the current …

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