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Inviting your internal audience to have their say in the future of the organisation is critical for engaging them on the road ahead, especially during times of change.

IoIC’s Insight seminar in November will help you find ways to unlock employee voice and show how giving your people opportunities to influence decision-making can improve productivity, innovation and profitability, and make happier workplaces.
 
Among the presentations, Claire Jones and Sam Grayston from Nationwide Building Society will talk about how they are transforming conversations and communications throughout the business, Cathy Brown from Engage for Success will discuss the difference that employee voice makes to engagement, and Sheila Parry of theblueballroom will lead an interactive session encouraging us to think more deeply about employee voice and how the ultimate performance of an organisation is in the hands of its employees.
 
Also, Paul Philips (left), head of IC and engagement at Time Inc UK, will talk about how the publisher is ensuring employee voice is heard during an ongoing programme that is changing business and culture and how it is impacting on a diverse and cynical audience.
   
“Time Inc UK’s portfolio of brands includes NME, Country Life, Marie Claire and TVTimes,” says Paul. “We have been at the forefront of creating quality content for passionate consumers for well over 150 years. But with consumers’ needs changing rapidly and traditional print in decline, we are now focused on reinventing the organisation for the digital age.
 
“What does that fundamental change mean for Time Inc. UK’s 1,200-plus employees and more importantly, how did the company engage them and give them a voice during the biggest transformation in its history?”

Cathy (right) from Engage for Success says that employee voice is one of the Four Enablers of Engagement, along with strategic narrative, engaging managers and integrity. 
 
"It forms the backbone of a healthy, engaging culture in a workplace," she says. "The concept is far bigger than simple communication, and has the power to not only safeguard your organisation from reputational damage but also to involve everyone in your organisation in making it better.
 
"There are many manifestations of employee voice: surveys, enterprise social media, focus groups, and union relationships are all elements of it – not forgetting the simple act of talking to people. It's also vital to it that people feel safe to give their voice, and that they feel welcomed and acknowledged."

Claire (left) and Sam from Nationwide Building Society, both senior managers, engagement & events, will talk about the journey Nationwide went on to engage and involve its employees in its new strategy – how the ‘TBC’ campaign, under a new CEO, created a shift in emphasis towards a different, more inclusive conversation, and how that contributes to the Society’s shared ambition of building society, nationwide. She will share the highs and the lows of the campaign activity, and an insight into what happened next….


In our session on the 14th, we will look at the difference Employee Voice makes to engagement - the evidence that it works, what needs to improve, and what the current thinking on Employee Voice is. 
 

In three hours, the IoIC Insight seminar will challenge your thinking, and highlight how Internal communicators have the power to support and influence effective dialogue.
 
 

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