How to communicate mergers and acquisitions

What’s the best way to communicate mergers and acquisitions? What’s the worst mistake you could make? What works well? Hot on the heels of the proposed merger of Asda and Sainsbury’s supermarkets, I thought I’d collate some advice and guidance to help you learn more about the topic. Communication during mergers and acquisitions is critical. …

UK Government comms plan goes live

The Government Communication Service launched the Government Communication Plan 2018/19 here in London tonight (26/4). The plan is important because it outlines what communication professionals across Government will collectively deliver to support the Government. It will help them achieve the priority outcomes in the year ahead and is packed with advice and guidance all professional …

Don’t forget your Generation X leaders suggests new study

A new study by DDI, EY and CNBC puts the spotlight on the often neglected “Gen X” segment (of which I am one), born generally between 1965 and 1981. The report suggests that Gen X is quickly occupying the majority of business leadership roles, having grown up playing video games, spends the most time shopping online, …

How to use video to communicate culture

How can you enable employees and leaders around the world to contribute their own take on your company culture? How could you curate and share it? Today I have a guest post for you by Erika Lee, Internal Communications Manager at Aggreko in Houston, Texas. The company is the leader in power and temperature control rental and operates …

Employee engagement isn’t about happiness, it’s about outcomes

Is employee engagement still on your agenda? A few weeks I blogged on AB thinks (for my client AB) about employee engagement and employee experience – here are my thoughts on how things have changed… Today commentators are using a new term – employee experience – described as the next competitive frontier for organisations. The …

New research on corporate communications in an integrated world

PR and corporate communications recruitment firm VMA Group today published a new research report on ‘communicating in an integrated world’. I was privileged to be invited as a CIPR board member to sit on a panel to discuss its findings. I’d urge you to read the full The View report, but wanted to quickly share …

Roll cameras – bringing video production in-house

Eighty-five per cent of organisations are bringing video production in-house. This is how to do it well By Dave Howell, You wouldn’t expect grainy CCTV footage of a parked car to go viral. Yet that’s what happened late last year when Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) shared a video of a stationary vehicle on …

What you need to know about trust in 2018

The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer has just been released and reveals a world of seemingly stagnant distrust. As we begin 2018, we find the world in a new phase in the loss of trust: the unwillingness to believe information, even from those closest to us. Warning – this is not a cheery read! Of note for professional …

GDPR considerations for internal communications

GDPR is one of the most prominent regulatory changes coming up in 2018. CIPR Inside committees members Janet Morgan, Helen Deverell and Jenni Field have created a guide for internal comms professionals in handling its implementation. What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation is a piece of EU legislation that will supersede the Data …

Should we view change as a specialist skill or is it the norm?

When I think about specialisms within our profession PR, media relations, Public Affairs, Internal Communications etc. come to mind – but not Change. This thought came to mind as I was looking at research which specified change management as a discipline and when I was looking at a job spec for a permanent role which …