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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


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.

There has been a shift of considerable proportion in the workforce, as millennials are eclipsing Baby Boomers and Gen X. Many things are changing in the workplace, including benefits packages and incentives. As every one person out of three currently working is a millennial, their wants – especially relating to the “goodies” beyond standard employee compensation that an employee reaps from a company – must be considered.

Employee mentoring in the workplace is a good thing. It has been around for years, and employee mentoring will continue to be a big part of the future for many businesses. According to Mentorpitch.com, three out of four Fortune 500 companies have mentoring programs in place. Many small and midsize companies are catching on to the concept, too.

Your company offers great benefits. Your employees need to know about them. This is why creating excellent, engaging employee benefits communications is important. In fact, these days a lot of employees say they would take certain benefits like comprehensive health insurance or company stock and a remote work arrangement over a pay raise.

Employee recruiting is never easy, especially if you’re targeting a specific subset of worker. With millennials poised to take over the job market in the next decade, what industries will have the highest concentration of younger generations in coming years?

Fear not, recruiters and HR personnel! Robots, algorithms, and digital programs won’t be taking your job just yet. While employee onboarding videos and automated onboarding software is rapidly making an impact in the recruiting process, a balance must remain between automated solutions and a human touch.

At every company around the world, new employees are brought into the fold as the organization grows, changes and evolves. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017 closed out with 6 million job openings and 5.6 million hires. That’s great, but what’s not so good are the results of inadequate corporate communications systems.

Employee recruiting has been likened to hunting, and there is a saying that you go hunting where the ducks are. Translated into recruitment, you go looking for candidates where you are most likely to find them. These days, that means the internet and social media.

How to market your office culture as an attraction for new employees

Managers are often worried about remote teams being unruly or untrustworthy, but I’ve found that the opposite is true. If you’ve done your due diligence when hiring members of a remote team and made sure they’re both qualified and motivated, you’ll have a much easier time keeping them focused on the company’s interests.

Benefits communications can be overwhelming and difficult for workers to understand. Benefits Open Enrollments may be a stressful and dreaded experience for some employees. As a result, they give their employers low marks when it comes to communicating benefit communications and open enrollment.

“Ninety-one percent of Millennials (born between 1977-1997) expect to stay in a job for less than three years, according to the Future Workplace ‘Multiple Generations @ Work’ survey of 1,189 employees and 150 managers.” - Forbes

It’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s and everyone wants and needs time off. How can we manage vacation time off and workloads to make the holiday times pleasant for all?

The holiday party season is upon us. Here’s how to make your event work for you.

Some practical and anecdotal advice on holiday gift ideas at the office: what works and what doesn't.

Did you know that the employee benefits you offer employees can help you find the best new hires?

Winter holidays are a time of good cheer, family, and sharing an eggnog at the office holiday party with the people that make your company possible.

Yes, you heard it right: millennials value a diverse, collaborative work environment and don’t jump at the first job that offers the most money. When we take a seat at our computers or open our phone browser to start our job search, we have an idea in mind and we will spend hours trying to find the ideal position.

HR training videos, as we all know have, in many workplaces, taken the place or offered a significant supplement to in-person employee orientations. What is the advantage to moving training to a video platform?

New employees can bring a fresh perspective to your corporate culture and contribute in their own way, if they are encouraged.

Preparing for and anticipating interview questions is great. But what if employers are asking the wrong things?

Recruitment and selection is never easy because it invariably involves trusting a new person to join your team and do the job before you know them. Psychometric testing can lessen the guesswork of hiring and onboarding new staff.

The first 90 days of employment is known as the Orientation and Evaluation period. It can be a time for the company and the new employee to bond.

As the workplace evolves, employee communication has to evolve. With all the options available it can be tough to figure out what’s right for your business, so I’ve laid out the best features of my three favorite workplace communication apps so you can decide for yourself.

Moving to a new company and corporate culture is difficult. Can you imagine moving to a new country and a new company?

In the business world, a resourceful job seeker can find jobs in his or her field year-round. Similarly, a smart Human Resources manager can find excellent candidates for company positions year-round. Successful employee recruiting takes strategic thinking, inventive approaches, and an understanding of what will drive the company forward.

Not every video communication agency is the same, nor do they offer the same services in some cases. Some offer products aimed at helping explain healthcare benefits and little else. Others work with your organization in an all-inclusive partnerships, which can improve corporate culture and retention.

Employees want ways to get involved with CSR programs close to where they live and work ... and corporate communications can help.

Salaries are important, but sometimes benefits can be the most attractive piece of any compensation package. Get the word out with effective employee benefits communications.

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