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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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Fighting fire with fine planning

Working in internal comms can sometimes feel like firefighting. 44's Tom Abbott explores how we can use approaches and processes from crisis management to help put out the flames on these busy periods... "My job description? I spend my life with two fire extinguishers strapped to my back putting out fire after fire!" Does this sound like a familiar...
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I soon began to see that this Masters would be a worthwhile commitment

My ten years of experience in internal comms roles was sprinkled with knowledge I had gained by working with other IC experts, a conference or two, or the classic way I tend to learn – from mistakes. I was pretty good at what I did, doing it for one of the most famous names in the UK but, if I'm honest, I always felt like I was missing something – ...
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And at the end, you'll have a fantastic academic qualification that will set you apart

I've worked in internal communications for over 15 years, and was pretty confident that I had a level of knowledge and expertise that meant I was doing a good job. However, when an email landed in my inbox about studying for a Masters in Internal Communication, it sparked an interest immediately.  I've always been incredibly passionate about d...
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My first boardroom experience didn’t feature a killer robot!

Do you remember the scene in the original Robocop movie where the deliciously villainous Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) reveals his Ed 209 police robot and says "It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the future of law enforcement." My first experience as a fully-fledged member of the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) Board was not quite ...
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What difference does an IC qualification make?

I currently work for one professional body and volunteer for another, so you won't be surprised that I think professional standards and vocational qualifications are important things. Both organisations (the CIPD and the IoIC) are dependent upon lots of people agreeing with me in order to function. But I don't believe this because I am involved in ...
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Internal communication – tackling some perennial questions

A familiar question to start: in the future, will internal communication (IC): A) become more distinct as a profession? B) increasingly merge with other professions? C) cease to exist entirely? Taking one of those viewpoints and arguing it is a perennial source of conference speeches and blog posts in the IC world. And yes, I realise that is exactl...
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Q&A on IoIC mentoring scheme with Sharon Viccars and Saskia Jones

Saskia Jones , Communications Coach, has been acting as a mentor to Sharon Viccars, who is the global Internal Communication Executive at Domino Printing Sciences, a leading global supplier of coding solutions and printing technologies. Sharon, what have been the benefits of mentoring for you as a mentee? As a professional, approachable and imparti...
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Trust in a Brexit world

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them" – words from Ernest Hemingway which ring truer than ever in 2019 Brexit-bound Britain. The trouble is, many of us in the UK are increasingly distrusting of people in power, with trust in our senior politicians falling to an all-time low. According to the 2019 Edelman Trust Barome...
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Image is Everything: The Value of Visuals in a World of Flexible Working

We hear a lot about a shift towards a "gig economy" and a world in which work is more fluid and working patterns more flexible. While a more elastic workforce brings advantages for both workers and employers, it also poses some challenges, not least when it comes to workplace communications. As the world of work changes, we must rethink the way we ...
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Get Ready for Gen Z: 10 Ways They Will Change the Workplace

Generation Z is growing up. This population is generally defined as people born between 1996 and 2010 with the oldest of the bunch now graduating high school and college, applying for jobs, and starting to assert themselves in the workforce. While Gen Z shares many common traits with their millennial counterparts , there are some significant differ...
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Building Your Organization's Interactive Culture Synopsis: Why and how you must cultivate meaningful and valuable internal communication

One of the most daunting challenges faced by all businesses and organizations is fostering and maintaining clear communication across all departments and personnel. When substantial growth is occurring within the given entity, a lack of clear communication can become an even greater concern, allowing for failed projects, lost customers or benefacto...
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