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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

While your main goal is to make a profit in business, you should never forget the workers who made those profits happen. Keep them engaged and motivated and you will not only improve retention but will make your company an even bigger success because the people behind the scenes feel like a valued part of the team.

As a ‘seasoned’ corporate communicator (i.e., one who got his start before Dave Grohl was in that band before the Foo Fighters), I’ve long felt one of the toughest employee communication issues I faced were when internal clients were overly-eager to share information.

American author Robert Lee Fulghum is best known for a book he created entitled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The book’s title is from the first essay and poem in the volume, which was published in 1986. The author lists the lessons normally learned in American kindergarten classrooms, and he reflects upon how the world would be improved if adults adhered to the same basic rules as children. Those rules? They include listening, sharing and living a life that balances work and play. We’re now seeing those principles in employee communications systems and HR training

Human Resources managers have to manage compliance at all levels of an organization, including adherence to fair labor and employment practices. One way Human Resources departments get into trouble with compliance is when they are faced with age discrimination claims

Millennials are taking over workplaces all over the world. Here's how you can create better employee engagement in an office full of Millennials, according to a Millennial.

Compliance is a huge component of success in many industries that have tight regulations to follow. Any business that has to follow a set of strict, unbending laws, such as the financial institutions, must create a scaffold of internal reporting and internal communications systems that ensure compliance on all levels

When it comes to business communications and change management, it's axiomatic that you need buy-in from the C-suite executives of your company. Regardless of what you need to achieve, it's simply easier if you have them in your corner.

Retention costs the company much less in terms of productivity and the process of finding and hiring new talent. The higher the employee turnover, the faster any organization can fall into oblivion. What causes high turnover and how can you limit it?

Retention is a large part of internal communications for any organization because it’s expensive to interview and onboard newcomers to replace a truly valuable employee. Here’s how to keep your talent in-house.

Internal communications involves many complex processes, from getting the brand statement and mission to trickle down to all employees from management to internal branding and methods of communication between employees. When managers invest time in opening dialogues with their employees, they save time in the long run. Here is the power of the open conversation.

The trend taking over employee communications and performance management in many industries right now is to abandon the performance rating and annual review in favor of a less formal approach with more frequent conversations. As an employee, I have always thought of the annual review as an exercise in demoralization.

Employee Engagement is all about engaging with everyone at an organization, no matter their age, background, or personal beliefs. As Generation Y grows into more responsibility at work, employers have to adapt to the changing workforce. Luckily, Millennials are coming into positions better prepared than ever to succeed.

Learn how to improve your Internal Communications when dealing with employee complaints to keep your employee retention rates high.

Employee Communications start with intelligent employee talent acquisition. In today’s mobile-driven world, recruiting on social media is increasingly important.

Today, companies are embracing wellness programs and using them as a way to keep employees and the company in good shape. As employees continue to be more health-conscious, companies continue to encourage employees to stay healthy.

Internal communication has a deep effect on employee retention. The ability of managers, executives, and the employees themselves to get their information across prevents frustration on the part of workers on all levels of an organization and makes company goals, as well as individual employee goals, crystal clear.

Is the millennial generation taking over your workplace? Are you an HR professional trying to manage employee communications with a major generation gap within your staff? There is no over-the-counter prescription for this but that is why I am here, as a millennial, to fill in the gap and make sense of this unique group of individuals.

Employee communication and talent is the lifeblood of any company. Sometimes the best thing a potential new employee can add to an organization is their personality and communication style. But qualifications are a huge part of any onboarding process. How do you balance personality with qualifications?

It's time to make employee recognition part of the fabric of all organizations that rely on them.

A large part of employee communications is finding the right talent for the right job. What happens when you get the right person in the wrong position?

Technology has brought a revolution to human resource management and corporate culture. It has changed recruitment, training, the use of data and the performance management process. But the technology revolution is only just beginning.

Hello and welcome to the Employee Communications Council (ECC). You’ll find timely, relevant, and useful information and research on the ever-changing fields of employee communications, employee engagement, and internal communications. Because this is a rapidly changing arena, my team and I will be constantly updating this blog section with new content focusing on the many facets of employee communication.

Employee communication starts before candidates become employees. Recruiting and onboarding starts from the moment your organization selects a candidate to bring on board. To help orient potential new employees and select the ones perfect for your organization, here are some questions to pose to your candidates.
Corporate Social Responsibility has become more important to organizations across all industries in recent years for a variety of reasons. Employees want to work for companies that put Corporate Responsibility high on their priorities list. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it helps engage employees and build brand loyalty.
Employee engagement helps organizations develop a corporate culture, but what does that mean and how does it help a growing business?
In a world where over half of consumers don’t trust paid advertising and an overwhelming majority trusts earned promotions, branding is everything. A good brand is one that stays positive in a customer’s mind. In order to avoid souring the brand and losing a chunk of your customer base, your company has to be fully aligned with the brand story and identity top to bottom. You need the tools and the strategy to reach your employees.

Employee communication becomes more complicated when those employees are working remotely. Here are five tips to improve coordination across remote teams.

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