The Gatehouse Blog: Dec 2007

Facebook Fridays – a great way for employers to experiment with social media

Those of you who read this blog regularly will know my views on social media – I’m passionate about the potential of this technology to revolutionize internal comms and enhance relationships at work. But many employers are running scared – blocking access or reprimanding employees who dare to visit sites like MySpace, Bebo and Facebook […]

What message does your festive bash send to employees?

Firstly, apologies for my radio silence over the last few weeks – we’ve been so busy at Gatehouse that I’ve really struggled to find time to blog. December is an odd month isn’t it? There’s always something rather frantic about it – it’s that last minute rush to complete projects (or spend budget!) before the […]

A lesson in information security

Today’s highly embarrassing announcement by the chancellor, Alistair Darling, that HMRC has lost two discs containing the personal details of 25 million individuals provides a stark reminder of the need for organizations to educate their employees on information security. It appears that the blunder was caused when "a junior official" sent the two computer discs, […]

Communication competencies – a great new framework

This week I finally got around to having a proper look at the work Liam FitzPatrick and Sue Dewhurst of Competent Communicators have done around competencies for internal communicators. I worked with Liam and Sue and a handful of other people a few years back on developing the InterComm matrix, the predecessor to the new […]

Harvard on social networking

I spotted a couple of interesting perspectives on social media today on the Harvard Business website & blog. Charlene Li, Vice President at Forrester Research, feels corporations should embrance sites like Facebook, whilst Tom Davenport, President’s Chair in Information Tecnhology and Management at Babson College, is a little more sceptical. You can check out their […]

Silver surfers take on the Facebook generation

Following on from my last post, it’s great to see that Saga has launched a social networking site for the over 50s (check out this piece from The Guardian). Saga Zone created a real buzz during its trials – more than 13,000 ‘silver surfers’ signed up during the four month pilot – and the site […]

Generation Why?

I’m getting bored of all this talk about communicating with Generation Y employees.  Maybe it’s because I’m now closer to 50 than I am to 20. Or maybe it’s because I’m fast becoming a grumpy old man. I keep reading about the challenges we all face when it comes to engaging a group of employees […]

Communicating the hard stuff

If you’re kicking around London on Monday afternoon and have a few hours to spare, why not head over to Hill & Knowlton’s office on Soho Square at 1500 for the latest CIPR Inside event? ‘Communicating the hard stuff’ will look at the vital role internal communicators play when their organisation or client is under […]

Hot new events added to Talking IC calendar

I’ve just added a number of exciting new events to the Talking IC calendar, which you can access via the right hand panel on this blog. If you’re a UK communicator and you haven’t yet subscribed to this free service, why not do so now – just click though to the calendar and select ‘subscribe’ […]

Global study highlights communication issues

The HR consultancy Towers Perrin has just published its latest Global Workforce Study and, once again, it makes interesting – and sobering – reading for internal communicators.  The survey – of more than 90,000 workers  in 18 countries – reveals that many employees still do not believe their organizations are doing enough to motivate them […]