The Big Yak is an internal communications unconference run by The IC Crowd. I had my first ever Yak experience this weekend and it was brilliant.
As part of Volunteers’ Week, I put together a brief animation about why I love volunteering with CIPR Inside.
As part of this mental health awareness week, I’ve posted on the CIPR Inside blog about the role of internal communications in improving wellbeing amongst an organisation’s employees.
Inspired by a recent article in the Gatehouse Journal of Internal Communications (‘Spring clean your internal communications’), I’ve been thinking about the internal communications ‘sweet spot’… Doing enough communication and engagement without bombarding our people with too much stuff…
Trust… One little word… With huge implications for internal communications. Without trust, our communications are worthless. Our people need to trust that we’re telling them the truth, that we’re operating in a fair and transparent way, and that we’re representing an accurate picture of the organisation.
Roller derby and internal communications don’t, at first glance, have very much in common… But, during roller derby training the other week, something struck me. In roller derby, you first have to learn the ‘minimum skills’ you need to play safely.
How do we recognise the achievements of our people? The temptation is to engineer some vastly complicated recognition scheme, which ends up taking so long to administer that we’ve all forgotten what we’re recognising by the time we get around to it. So, I’m suggesting a much simpler approach… Just saying ‘thank you’.
The debate of where the internal communications function ‘lives’ within an organisation continues to rumble on. At the recent CIPR Inside AGM, Sasha Watson from Arm discussed how she views this question – and eloquently argued that our ‘home’ should firmly be within HR.
I’ve never asked so many questions since I started working in internal communications… And the most common? Why? Why do our people need to know this? Why should they care? Why do we want our people to do things differently? Why do we need this change?
I’m proud to have completed the Chartered Institute for Public Relations (CIPR) annual continuing professional development programme for this year.