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Insightful blog posts written by corporate communications professionals on ways to improve employee engagement, organizational change management and internal communication strategies


One by-product of workplaces spreading beyond office walls and to the coordination of many workers around the globe all at once is increasing diversity in workforces. Now, workplace diversity is a necessity for many companies. How can the Human Resources department help support everyone spread all over the globe be more productive and understood?

It’s 2009. You own a company that’s been doing fairly well. It’s not at the top of the field, but it’s comfortably living among the mid-range organizations in its business arena. Then the bottom falls out of its market.

Millennial engagement and career fulfillment begins with the employer and ends with the employee. If a position does not offer an employee the favorable factor (s) of work and life balance, most millennials tend to look elsewhere.

The term “office environment” can often be an alternative way of saying frustration and angst, and that is exactly what you don't want it to be. In fact, there is probably a mathematical formula somewhere that shows success going down as these go up. And vice versa.

Financial wellness has long been a hot topic for employees and employers even before millennials started taking jobs while saddled with huge student debt amounts. With tax season mostly over, there’s no better time to discuss how you can help employees be more secure with their finances.

If someone tells you that employee benefits communication doesn’t matter when hiring and retaining skilled employees, they’re lying.

When you’re in a toxic office situation, it’s easy to blame the boss. Managers have gotten away with uncivil work environments in the name of ‘getting things done’ for decades, but with the rising tensions in the workforce and the winds of change blowing, incivility can cost organizations much more than hurt feelings. In many cases, the costs of incivility spreading throughout a corporate culture outweigh the benefits of ‘getting things done.’

Almost every week, we read in the news of a company's data security breach, and personal information used for employee benefits is vulnerable to crooks and identity thieves.

Business is rife with catch phrases, and has been for quite some time. Some are horrid clichés…”run it up the flagpole” or “drink the Kool-Aid.” In fact, in an article for Business Insider, Jacquelyn Smith found 26 catch phrases that are as annoying as the muddied use of the word “literally,” which is presently considered one of the most annoying and misused words in English.

On the surface, recruitment and retention seems straightforward. You find the best people for your organization, you hire them, you make them happy, and in return, you get great results, happy clients, and more money for everyone. What makes it complicated is that everyone is trying to do the same thing, and your rivals are looking for the same candidates as you are.

Rising concerns over financial wellness plans like retirement programs are trickling down to younger generations of workers who want to plan ahead. Already, many companies are improving their retirement plan options for their employees, making them more streamlined and easy to use, to help provide for better employee financial wellness.

In my 35 years working in the private sector, the thing that appalls me most is incivility in the workplace. People who normally mind their Ps and Qs outside the office or shop can turn into the rudest individuals around. And people who are a little coarse to begin with turn into monsters. It affects everything in an organization from customer service to recruitment and retention.

What does it mean for workplaces to be diverse? Does it always have to do with race? The answer is no.

Shifts in the basic understanding of how we work is changing all parts of Human Resources, including what it means to be engaged, and even what it means to be a ‘typical’ worker. Employee onboarding is changing rapidly because the ‘typical’ employee is changing. Technology, like video communications systems, is both fueling the change and helping managers adapt. How can the shift to video help you?

You’ve probably heard of how millennials are taking over the workforce, creating drastic changes in offices and the very nature of work itself. As a result of Generation Y entering careers and the workforce over the past decade or so, companies have to compete to lure up-and-coming talent, and employee benefits is one way to do that.

To talk about how hyper-personalization of technology and management can help your company’s employee engagement, I think it’s important to define employee engagement.

The health of your employees plays a significant role in the overall health of your company. If employees are sick and out of the office, it will reduce productivity, which will affect your bottom line. That’s where employee benefits come in.

Normally, branding and content refers to the marketing initiatives your company is pushing out to your target customers or target audience. But selling your brand to your own employees is as important for the long-term success of any company.

More HR managers and corporate leaders are turning to the concept of mindfulness, along with the tradition of meditation, as a way to improve overall employee wellness and health. Is this approach a simpler, less expensive alternative to hit-or-miss employee health initiatives or smoke and mirrors?

Could an infusion of younger workers shake up your corporate employee communications systems in a positive way?

If you throw out your preconceived notions, your talent acquisition department will find plenty of value in previously untapped talent pools.

'Corporate communications' is an amorphous and all-encompassing term. It could mean just about any type of communicating that goes on within a corporate setting. (We'll also assume one doesn't literally have to work at a corporation to be a corporate communicator.)

A great many studies, articles, seminars, webinars and presentations exist to tell you, the manager, how to prepare for rapid change. Very few of these look at change from the employees' point of view, and frankly, that is the perspective you have to focus on. The reason is simple: if you can't get the employees to change in the direction you want, the change won't happen.

By now you’ve heard about a million times that open communications is the key to helping your employees work better and harder, but how do you get from an effective open communications plan to effective management strategies?

Amidst the cascade of sexual harassment claims and scandals emerge ways a culture of harassment can carry on in any workplace.

It’s human nature to wonder what people are saying about you when you’re not around. After all, there’s nothing that feels worse than walking up to a group of people who all stop talking when they see you. What were they saying about you? Do you have spinach in your teeth?

The high stakes in employee benefits communications can impact your business. Businesses should recognize that there is a direct correlation between employee benefits and employee productivity.

Being a new hire is only slightly better than being the new kid in school – but not by much. Basically, it comes down to the fact that you don't know very much about the basics.

I love music. Love good songs. And I love to sing. It's safe to say the songs I usually like best are those with a strong vocal lead.

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