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The art of writing your CV

When it comes to updating your CV why do we find this the hardest thing to do in the job search process? Not the interview, but updating the CV? After giving this some thought I have decided to share some of my thoughts about what I, as a specialist internal communications recruitment consultant would like to see from you when you are applying for ...
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Speaking My Language: Navigating Internal Communications with Intergenerational Employees Following COVID-19

Intergenerational differences in the workplace are really nothing new. For decades, the standard was that you would take a job shortly after high school or college and remain with that employer until you retired. That meant that your work environment, from start to finish, was staffed with employees representing every generation. Today, work life i...
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Making Kindness Matter

When I think back over the last couple of months, the stories that have overwhelmed me and even sometimes brought tears to my eyes are ones of kindness and community. One that springs to mind is a friend's partner who saw a 90-year-old woman visibly upset and struggling to find essentials in a sparse Sainsbury's. He asked the shop assistant if thes...
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The Employee Experience Opportunity

In 2017, Forbes named creating a compelling Employee Experience (EX) as the No 1 HR trend. And yet, as we move into the summer of 2020, the reality is that most organisations do nothing more than pay lip service to employees being their best asset. According to 2018 Gallup figures, only 15% of employees worldwide feel engaged in their work, leading...
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The Road to Recovery

Internal comms teams will be pivotal in the gradual move back to some sort of workplace 'normality'. Here are our key points to consider as you start that journey. It's fair to say that mixed in with the pride of what we've achieved as internal communicators in recent weeks, there's a decent amount of trepidation over what comes next. Returning to ...
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Trust and influence: how internal communication is responding to Covid-19 challenges

Recent research says that trust in government is rising higher than trust in businesses during this crisis, how are internal communicators approaching this challenging time? IoIC President, Suzanne Peck, reflects on the IoIC's own recent Covid-19 comms survey. At the start of the crisis, a colleague warned that how organisations communicated with t...
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Bring the benefits of remote working back to the office

Most of us working from home will be itching to get back to a more sociable corporate environment, but the current situation is a chance to take stock of our organisational culture. Here, Maya Riebel, communications manager for enterprise communications experts LumApps , suggests we consider the things we appreciate about the way we work in the off...
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How to secure a seat at the table post COVID-19

Recently, I've seen quite a few conversations about the importance of internal communications during COVID-19. Some have argued that this newfound responsibility and seat at the table may be the lasting change we have always hoped for. Without wanting to jump on one bandwagon or another, I've tried to look at the situation from both the employee an...
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Back to the books - why study for an internal communications qualification?

How often do you take the opportunity to stop and think about why you're doing what you're doing? As internal communicators, now more than ever, circumstances often dictate that we work reactively and at high speed, with limited chance to reflect. The IoIC's Advanced Diploma of Proficiency in Internal Communications offers you a unique opportunity ...
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Five Considerations to Keep Your Workers Happy

What are some of the first things that come to mind when you think of the word "happiness"? Perhaps you think of being on holiday in a tropical setting, or maybe even a quiet evening where your only company is that book you've been dying to get to. It's unlikely that when most people think of "happiness," they think about their job, but research su...
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How a Work Wife Can Supercharge Your Career

What is a work wife?  A work wife is a colleague who has your back at work, providing support and encouragement.  Chances are you or someone you know has a "work spouse." More than 50% of female employees and 44% of male employees have one. A work wife is a colleague who has your back whether you need to bounce ideas off someone, or you j...
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Employee Engagement over the Festive Period

Coinciding with the end of the year, Christmastime can be a time of heavy workloads, looming deadlines, shrinking budgets and personal and social responsibilities, all of which can accumulate to make it a time of stress and distractions for employees. Here we look at ways that companies can go about effectively engaging their employees throughout o...
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​Internal communication in 2020 - finding the middle ground between immediate pressures and long-term uncertainty

Reading through the raw results from the IoIC's recent 'future of work' survey the one thing that really leaps out to me is how many possible futures internal communication people envisage. Depending on which of the 150-ish responses you pick, internal communication is going to become part of HR or become entirely separate to HR. It is going to be ...
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2019: An opportunity to pause, reflect and plan our future

​ The end of any year always provides opportunities to pause for a moment and reflect on everything that we have achieved over the last 12 months as well as look ahead to the future. For the IoIC, the end of 2019 provides an even more significant opportunity to just do that as we come to the end of the year in which we've celebrated our 70 th anniv...
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The highlights of our FutureNet journey in 2019

Since its inception at the start of 2018, FutureNet – the network for newcomers to internal communication – has gone from strength to strength. This year, we've refined the purpose and key objectives of the network – to develop professional and personal skills of IC newcomers; to raise awareness of internal communication as a career of choice; and ...
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We need to make it as easy – and normal – to talk about mental health

Internal comms pro Matt Batten reflects on his experience of managing his physical and mental health in the workplace – and the greater support that employers can offer. If you follow me on Twitter (@CommsGuyMatt), you'll already know I talk a lot of b*llocks. I had testicular cancer about three years ago and I have been on a mission to remind men ...
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How Internal Communications can drive organisational success

Internal Communications has long been poor relation to its more flamboyant cousins in the External Communications department. But times are changing. Internal Comms and Employee Engagement are increasingly being recognised for what they can do for both profile (traditionally the realm of PR) and sales (where usually advertising stakes its claim). S...
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The Future of the Workplace: How new ways of working will transform IC priorities and channels.

There is definitely something in the air at the moment when the topic of the workplace arises. A whole lexicon is springing up around organisational priorities when it comes to offering employees "the workplace of the future", whatever that means. In an average meeting / brainstorm / casual chat in the staff kitchen on the topic, the word "flexible...
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What FutureNet means to me

​Get the lowdown on our network for IC newcomers. ​ FutureNet is the first and only network of its kind. It's dedicated to supporting new internal comms professionals as they find their feet in IC. Whether you're striving to be a future leader or want to perfect your craft, it ticks all the boxes.  Aimed at people just starting on their intern...
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From the outside in

I recently made the move from a social media agency to an internal communications one. From what I hear, this is a relatively unusual move. There are some (read: many) working in social that still don't know what internal comms is. And there are no doubt some in internal comms that don't feel I'm qualified to advise at a senior level without years ...
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