Best Practices

These tip sheets cover a wide range of employee communications best practices. What we’ve learned working with other companies might provide insight for yours.

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INCLUSIVE CULTURE

Overstating the reality of your DEI can backfire. It’s one of those topics where it’s important to show it before you say it.

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FIELD COMMUNICATIONS

Well-intentioned managers are trying to keep their teams informed, but they’re not usually trained communicators. Without corporate support, it can become the Wild West.

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WORK RELATIONSHIPS

Team relationships are easier to build when people are working face to face. One of the challenges of remote work is creating those connections online.

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ACQUISITION COMMUNICATIONS

Nature hates a vacuum, so if you’re not giving employees answers to their questions, the rumor mill will fill in the blanks for you.

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COMMUNICATING BENEFITS

Policy manuals aren’t known to be light reading, but it is possible to make that dense legalese more digestible — and even engaging.

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WRITING VALUES

If you want your values to communicate person to person instead of committee to employee, try these communications best practices.

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EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAMS

Beyond the financial benefits of increase employee health, employee wellness program also offer some important cultural benefits.

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EMAIL OVERLOAD

One solution for email overload is a weekly or bi-weekly email digest that’s graphically engaging and includes a synopsis of each all-company email.

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EMPLOYER BRAND

Differentiate your company in the job market and remind current employees what’s in it for them, with these communications best practices.

 

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RIGHT SIZING

How do you communicate a re-org in a way that’s respectful of employees? First of all, don’t call it right-sizing.

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BAD CONTENT

Before you decide a communications channel is broken, evaluate the quality of the content that’s flowing through that channel.

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GLOBAL EMPLOYEES

Use these communications best practices to make the world a little smaller by connecting employees across geography.

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WHAT ENGINEERS WANT

It’s not always all about the money. To engage engineering talent, give them problems to solve, smart colleagues and no two days alike.

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HUMANIZING THE CEO

See five ways to help build human connections between employees and the CEO — ultimately building trust.

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TONE OF VOICE

The writing in a lot of well-intentioned internal communications comes off as unnecessarily patronizing.

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BENCHMARKING

When developing a benchmarking study, consider these five ways to define the universe you want to explore.

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USE AN AGENCY

See these five advantages of bringing in an agency for internal communications rather than adding head count.

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EMPLOYER OF CHOICE

In this communications best practices one-pager, we share five counterintuitive elements of a company employees won’t want to leave.

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BETTER MANAGERS

See these five ideas to help develop the sort of managers employees love working for.

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YEAR-END PROJECTS

See five projects for a stronger culture or improved employee communications in the coming year.

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FIRE HOSE EFFECT

See these five communications best practices for not overwhelming employees with too much information all at once.

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STRESS AND ANXIETY

Communicate the EAP benefits that could help employees manage record-high levels of stress and anxiety.

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CASCADING COMMS

Make cascading information to frontline teams easier for managers by equipping them with communications tools.

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TOWN HALLS

See these five Dos and Don’ts to increase engagement in all-hands meetings for global, remote, hybrid and on-site audiences.

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GEN-Z REMOTE EMPLOYEES

Without much face-time in the office, younger employees may be missing out on some subtle but important learning.

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DEI COMMUNICATIONS

Making internal communications more inclusive is an ongoing process. Here are five communications best practices to help you progress on that journey.

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Well-Being

The pandemic expanded our definition of employee wellness programs to include mental, social and financial wellness.

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Change Communications

Help employees accept change management initiatives by avoiding these common mistakes in communicating change.

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Intranet Wish List

Whether you’re updating your intranet on SharePoint or SaaS platform, this list will help you think about some features your employees might need.

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Hourly Employees

If recruiting and retaining frontline workers is a priority for your company, be sure you’re not making these common mistakes.

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Employee Stressors

Help managers be aware that employees may be dealing with under-the-surface stressors that are effecting their performance at work — as well as retention.

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Open Enrollment MATERIALS

These communications are notoriously dense, confusing or just plain dull. Here are five communications best practices for making them more enticing.

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Recognition

Everybody loves applause, but not everyone prefers the same mode of recognition. See five different ways to show appreciation for employees.

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GHOSTWRITING

We try to avoid ghostwriting in favor of other formats, but when it’s absolutely necessary, here are five ways to do it better.

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Evolving Values

Although we hope our values are long term, there are milestones or situations when it might make sense to update the language.

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HYBRID CULTURE

Without the physical proximity of the office, we have to intentionally build human connections remotely. Try these communications best practices.

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Frontline Retention

Use these communications best practices to help your frontline employees see your company as the place they can build a long-term career.

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CHANGE BURNOUT

Change is constant in many organizations. Here are five ideas for making change initiatives less stressful for employees.

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CEO COmmunications

CEOs and your other big cheese executives may not have time to write their own articles or other communications to employees.

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Messaging

Employees are busy. Here are five communications best practices  for approaching messaging from the employee perspective.

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EMPLOYER BRAND LANGUAGE

The language of the employer brand should reflect the emotional experience of what employees love about your company.

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HYBRID ENGAGEMENT

There was an expectation that hybrid work would be bad for employee engagement, but here are five ways it could be improving it. 

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PODCASTS

Podcasts harness the power of the voice — not unlike FDR in his Fireside Chats.  See five ways to use podcasts in this Best Practices one pager.

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CULTURE

Members of the executive team may feel they have a handle on the culture, but they sometimes have an insular experience.

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MANAGER TOOLKITS

Communications toolkits not only make managers’ jobs easier. They also increase employee buy-in for major change, leadership vision and new initiatives.

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INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Multiple generations in the workforce mean you may need to tweak your technology mix and internal communications channels. 

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GLOBAL WORKFORCE

Unite employees in locations around the world by avoiding an America-centric approach with these communications best practices.

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HR Communications

Improve readership of benefits materials and other HR comms by making it easier for employees to glean what they need to know.