Internal communications is hard. So is change. There may be few things more difficult for communicators than to explain changes to employees. We asked 13 PR pros for their best practices in handling this delicate form of communications.
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It is unlikely we’ll read much about brand communicators working long hours as a spate of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) grips corporate America, particularly in media. Communicators will be tasked with explaining what a future merged company will mean to employees, which is the heavy lifting of M&As, argues Larry Parnell of George Washington University. While most M&As fail to provide shareholder value, strong internal communications can provide a foundation for mergers to succeed. Jason Meyer of APCO Worldwide provides best practices for communicating during times of change.
What is the best way for communicators to report up to the C-suite? For Nisha Morris, executive director for communication at Providence St. Joseph Health, the foundation for such work is based on communicators gaining the trust of the C-suite. She offers insights that have helped her and her team do so.
Start with the premise that all business issues can be traced to a communications breakdown. If true, this means internal communications pros should be critical to fixing organizations’ business problems. Institute for PR Measurement Commission member Mary Miller describes how internal communicators can rise from producing outputs (company-wide emails, intranet content, e-newsletters, executive videos, etc.) to influencing measurable performance outcomes.
So many communicators tell us that internal communications just might be the most difficult assignment for a PR pro. This article provides real-world examples of how two brands, Slack and Dropbox, build engagement and excitement within their ranks with the ultimate goal of creating brand advocates.
It may be a long road ahead for Toys R Us, the iconic retailer that said it will be closing nearly 200 of its 800 stores beginning next month. The brand is in chapter 11, yet it intends to rebound. Internal communications best practices recommend treating departing and remaining employees with respect. For Toys R Us, which soon will have a lot of both kinds of employees, this lesson could be crucial.
Spacey was accused of a forceful sexual advance by actor Anthony Rapp, who was 14 at the time. Halperin was accused by 12 women of sexual assault and harassment during his tenure as political director at ABC News. Their statements differ in some very important ways.
Internal communications sometimes is relegated to the back burner when large corporate announcements are planned. That’s unfortunate, because employees should be told first when a significant change will touch their lives. Here’s how to edit internal communications for a global audience.
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.