Employee Relations

Ten Ways to Promote Employee Engagement and Retain Top Talent

January 1st, 2019 by

How well your company retains top talent can boil down to engagement. Here’s a checklist of 10 tips to engage employees.

Five Ways to Move the Diversity Needle Forward

December 26th, 2018 by

Diversity and PR are inextricably linked, yet communicators have talked about diversity for years and many issues remain within communications and many other sectors. PRSA-NY president Sharon Fenster offers five ways to bolster diversity in the PR industry and at brands and nonprofit organizations.

6 Takeaways from GM’s Restructuring Announcement

November 27th, 2018 by

One of the maxims of employee communications is to avoid announcing job cuts or restructuring during the holiday season. General Motors ignored that norm with its announcement yesterday. Here are six other takeaways for communicators from GM’s announcement.

Engagement is Critical to Employment Strategy Too

November 16th, 2018 by

Engagement isn’t just for social media anymore. It can be one of the most critical parts of a brand’s ability to recruit and retain the most-talented employees, argues APCO Worldwide’s Kimberly Gardiner. And with budgets tightening, improving employee engagement is a cost-effective way to bolster your employment strategy.

Internal Communications Lessons From Leaked Google Report

August 2nd, 2018 by

Following a report based on leaked internal Google documents about plans to launch a censored version of the search engine in China, some Google employees are less than impressed. The project (code named Dragonfly in confidential documents) was started in the spring of 2017 and had been confidential within the company, save for a small portion of Google’s large, multinational workforce, until this week.

Google Workers’ ‘Business of War’ Letter Pits Employee Values Against Bottom Line

April 5th, 2018 by

More than 3,100 Google employees have signed a letter asking the company to halt its work on a Defense Department initiative. While the letter has made headlines, it also raises an important question for professional communicators: How should a brand prepare for the possibility that part of its workforce has a political or moral objection to some of its activities?

Will NBC’s Statement on Costas Inform Fox News’ Treatment of Shepard Smith?

November 15th, 2017 by

What should brands do when an employee says something controversial and headlines result? Is the consequence immediate suspension? Should there be a warning first? What about issuing a public warning that not only puts the employee on notice but serves to inform all other staff? The examples of Shepard Smith and Bob Costas bring these questions to light.

Is Your Top Exec Teachable—or Is He Like Harvey Weinstein?

October 6th, 2017 by

The Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment story underscores a question faced by many corporate communications and HR pros: What steps should be taken to prevent that kind of behavior among top executives? It starts with education and a culture of accountability, as well as instilling a reporting structure that ensures employees won’t fear retribution.

How Hershey Encourages Employees to Show Off Their Sweet Jobs

August 4th, 2017 by

Hershey is embracing employee advocacy programs as a way to pull back the curtain on life at the company, helping to improve recruitment, retention and reputation. The giant chocolatier has devoted an Instagram account (@HersheyCompany) to celebrate its employees, who in turn use the platform to celebrate the company. Here are some examples of successful posts, as well as four tips to keep in mind when crafting your own advocacy program.

How PR Can Play a Role in Training Employees to Be Brand Ambassadors

March 13th, 2017 by

Last year, I moved. That meant along with changes to my billing address, my favorite coffee shop and my go-to dog park, I also switched cable TV providers, sending me down a month-long rabbit hole of technician visits, troubleshooting phone calls and frustrations of every kind. The experience also resulted in the best PR I’ve ever received. It was due to just 1 employee who cared.