Do you work in and Employee Engagement, Internal Communications or a related area? Do you want to keep up to date with new ideas and innovations related to Employee Engagement and Internal Communications? Do you enjoy hearing from peers and fellow professionals about the work they are doing to engage and communicate with their people? Do you like to get inspiration from thought-leaders who are challenging the way we traditionally look at IC and EE?
Engaging Internal Comms is a weekly (eventually moving to fortnightly) podcast where we will be talking to industry experts who are bringing new and innovative ideas to the Employee Engagement and Internal Communications profession.
The Big Picture People’s Craig Smith talks to the FT's Megan Dold about the challenges of communicating within an organisation, and how to overcome them by using empathy. Communicating effectively across a business internally requires empathy in a sense that internal comms people are understanding of the importance of employees’ roles, and are adaptable in their approach to ensuring a message, that they will care about and is of importance to them and their company, reaches them.
While the world has adjusted to communicating remotely, there are still a lot of challenges to overcome. Where previously ideas could be discussed ‘on the fly’ and teams could create ideas and solutions together in a working environment, conferences must now be scheduled, taking distractions and home life into consideration. In this episode of Engaging Internal Comms, The Big Picture People’s Craig Smith talks to Rob Woodhead, who is the MD at Simply Better about how they’ve adjusted to new ways of communicating, and how he believes this will change the future of face-to-face communications at work.
Craig Smith talks to Leanne Spencer, who is co-founder of Bodyshot Performance – an award-winning health and wellbeing company that uses technology and science-based solutions to create happy, healthy and resilient teams for organisations including Britvic and Zurich. The wellbeing of an employee has only recently come into the headlines in line with mental health awareness. But it is becoming evermore transparent to organisations how important it is to ensure the physical and mental wellbeing of their staff both in the office and when working remotely. It’s being discovered that this not only improves the individual’s performance, but the organisation’s too.
This week we are talking to Susan Elliott, who is an Employee Engagement Experience and Wellness Specialist. Susan has a wealth of experience and has held positions as Head of Internal Comms and Employee Engagement with Allied Irish Banks, Head of IC as well as People Engagement for Tesco Bank, and is also a qualified CliftonStrengths coach with Gallup. Susan helps organisations’ employees to connect with their business and play a part in achieving the company’s goals. There are copious amounts of content claiming to define employee engagement. But Susan cuts through to the evidence-based theories of what engagement really is.
In Episode 16, Craig Smith talks to Jamie Mustard, multimedia consultant and author of The Iconist: The Art and Science of Standing Out. Peppered with history, analogies and metaphors, this is an engaging episode that puts slogans and taglines in their place and describes how to communicate in an iconic way that will resonate with your target audience. What is an iconist?“Someone who punches through their own unease or discomfort and the constant thrum of messaging noise that goes on around them and figures out a way to get through, get attention, get engaged, and get their offering out to the world.” Jamie asserts in his book that you can achieve iconic status (something that is emblazed within our minds) with a targeted individual or group in five minutes.