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How diversity and inclusion has an effect on employee engagement

Employee engagement goes way deeper than our teams turning up to work each day and getting the job done to a good standard. Did you know that high performers can hit their targets and be high-functioning team members without ever being engaged? Is engagement all about performance? Engagement measures whether our employees feel a true connection to ...
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5 ways to make your communications more inclusive

It takes more than a quick read through your diversity and inclusion policy to make sure that you and your team are living the values it outlines, and communication is an area where to you can make a real difference to how connected and involved everyone in your organisation feels. It is vital that you are not being too complacent when it comes to ...
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Reliance on Cascading to Achieve Shared Meaning

The idea behind cascading is deceptively simple: that a set of messages defined at the top of the organization can move down through the hierarchy with no loss of meaning as they reach the bottom. The underlying logic for cascading is based on the idea that everyone will do as they are told, say the same thing as the process moves forward, and natu...
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Careless language when moving from “purpose” through to “priorities”

The terms "purpose", "vision", "mission", "principles" and "priorities" all convey certain types of organizational intent. But without a shared understanding of what those words mean in practice across functions, teams and geographies, the power and that intent can easily get muddled. Part of the problem is in the architecture of business language ...
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What sabotages alignment?

This is the first in a special short series of blogs, entitled 'Communication Traps that Sabotage Alignment'    Alignment is a hot topic in the business world these days. But if alignment means "people are able to make decisions and take actions that line up with the wider organization's strategy and priorities," where does it all go bad?...
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Different Ways to Create a Communicative Remote Work Culture

Remote operations are becoming a more familiar aspect of our business landscape. While the COVID-19 pandemic may have forced many companies to unexpectedly adjust to this method, many more are discovering the economic and social benefits of working from home, period. One study even suggests that 16% of employees who have recently moved to remote pr...
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The creative era of corporate social responsibility

 Our creative industries are in desperate need of support. Thanks to lockdown restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, most entertainment venues are now closed. Nightclubs are serving food at tables in order to just stay open. Cinemas are closing their doors. Gigs and festivals aren't being booked. Panto season was cancelled ...
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Recognising our qualified members from 2020

Completing a professional qualification or Master's degree is no mean feat at the best of times, but completing a professional qualification or Master's degree during a pandemic when your profession is more important and in demand than ever before? Now that's cause for celebration. This year, 39 IoIC members did exactly that and we want to cel...
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Our future as a profession is bright

It has not been a year any of us planned or even saw coming but as 2020 draws to a close and I take a moment to look back at what has happened, what we have achieved, what we have learnt and the impact this has had on our professional and personal lives, it is all quite overwhelming to process.  But as I try to process, the thoughts and emotio...
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2020 according to FutureNet

Becky Leonard, FutureNet committee member, looks back and celebrates what the network – and indeed the entire IC profession – has achieved in 2020. Eleven years, sorry months ago, I wrote up FutureNet's resolutions for 2020. Let's get 2020 off to the best start possible, wide-eyed, un-socially distanced Becky said. But as I opened the blog today, r...
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