How PwC responded to that pair of heels
This week PwC hit the headlines after a receptionist was sent home from work after refusing to wear high heels. Today their Head of People and Executive Board Member Gaenor Bagley @gaenorbagley published a searingly honest article on the PwC blog. In it, she shared their side of the story [...]
Is your office a productive haven?
What are the benefits of having a well-designed office? Can it help employees be more productive? I spend a lot of time in clients' workplaces. From factories to stations, hangars to boardrooms, I've seen the good, bad and the ugly. My view? Having table football and beanbags does not always [...]
Ready for National Employee Motivation Day?
Tomorrow is Employee Motivation Day here in the UK. It's a chance to encourage everyone in your company to show their appreciation for each other's hard work. We all know you should be doing that anyway, but it's a timely reminder of the importance of small actions. Employee Motivation Day (E[...]
What’s the point of organisational purpose?
Consumers and citizens respond to emotional stimuli aligned to their own goals in their life. Smart organisations are confident and root their communication in their organisational purpose. They understand their publics because they listen and create content that resonates, is appropriate and easy t[...]
What you need to know about mental wellbeing
Today is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2015 #MHAW15, so I thought I'd share some resources to help you think through how to communicate mental wellbeing. It's time to talk about mental health. The era of the stigma is over, and as communicators we can facilitate those conversations [...]
The 10 strangest job interview questions in the UK
Who is your favourite Disney Princess? How would you describe the colour yellow to a blind person? These are just two of the strangest questions that have been asked in job interviews globally. Does your organisation have any odd questions? What's their purpose? Today I'm going to share with[...]
Video: How Jamie Oliver creates his company’s culture
The undeniable importance of a company's culture permeates everything an organisation does, from its day-to-day operations to the way it recruits. Or at least it should. But how does it work when a company has one person as its centre? How do you translate their thoughts into an actionable strate[...]
All you need to know to develop your IC career
Are you looking to make your next career move within the world of corporate communication? Every week I am contacted by professionals who are on the hunt for a new role, want to know what events are on, find courses to attend or books to read. There are 1000 articles on this blog packed with a[...]
Communication worth £88bn to the UK economy
How many times do you have conversations with people who ask what value communication adds? Here's a figure for them... £88bn. Yep, 88 billion pounds. Today a brand new campaign was launched by employers stating "soft skills" need to be taken much more seriously as factors for business success ami[...]
All hail the launch of the Corporate University
This week I discovered Adidas' blog and found it intriguing to read through to get an insight into the culture of the company and how they work. Regular readers will know I'm incredibly curious and enjoy nothing more than discovering the inside story into how companies communicate, so it was a jo[...]
Employee advocacy goes under the microscope
Do you use the phrase employee advocacy in your organisation? What does it mean to you? Are you, like me, noticing it becoming an increasingly noisy topic? This week I was contacted by Philip Sheldrake @sheldrake (pictured), as he was writing about employee advocacy for his blog and wanted to kn[...]
Countdown to Christmas: Day 17
There's only a few days left of my Countdown to Christmas series, which means the big day is getting ever nearer. Every day this month I've been highlighting a story from an internal communicator to share their thoughts, with the final one going live on Christmas Eve. If you've missed any, simply[...]