The Gatehouse Blog: Employee engagement

The growing pains of employee communicators

In the new world, internal communicators are business enablers, conversation facilitators and community connectors. In this article first published in the IABC magazine ‘Communication World’, Lee Smith looks back at the evolution of the IC function. Employee communication is a profession that’s gained a reputation for gazing in the mirror. A senior practitioner once described […]

Digging deep to reach UK Coal’s ‘gentlemen’ miners

Nikki Griffiths works for UK Coal, communicating to an audience of second and third generation miners at some of the UK’s largest coal mines. One challenge: some of her audience can’t read. UK Coal is a fairly traditional company. Until recently, anything that was not directly affecting the production of coal was seen as unnecessary! […]

Getting mobile and unwired colleagues connected

Head of Internal Communications Zoe Chiverton describes her approach to launching the first employee self-service benefits portal to a largely remote audience at the Priory Group. The Priory Group is a behavioural healthcare company dealing with mental health and addiction. We’ve got 20,000 employees spread across 400 sites in the UK. I joined two years […]

Welcome to the Post-Intranet Era

Internal communication as a profession is undergoing a profound transformation, and one of our go-to tools for connecting with employees is transforming right along with us, as Jeff Zwier explains. “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson, science fiction author and inventor of the word ‘Cyberspace,’ in […]

Communicating acquisitions the ARM way

ARM’s Sasha Watson and Ravinder Johal have led internal communications for a number of global business acquisitions and supported one significant deal which saw ARM itself be acquired by Japan’s SoftBank Group. Here, they share their secrets for successful acquisition communications. Awarded Britain’s most admired company, 2016, ARM is one of those companies that most […]

Celebrating a decade as the go-to internal communication agency

It’s hard to believe that Gatehouse is 10 years old! Thinking back to a decade ago, Facebook was a social network linked to a few colleges in the United States and Canada. Apple was still the ‘iPod’ company. The most popular mobile phone was the Motorola Razr. In September of that year – Simon Wright and […]

The Magic of Sustainable Business Success

 Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: the magic of sustainable business success In September, Virginia Hicks and Alison Boothby from Comma Partners brought together some 30 heavyweight communication professionals to share their thoughts and experiences around introducing Emotional Intelligence as a part of their leadership communications strategy. Emotional intelligence is receiving significant attention at the moment in […]

Three reasons why you should be using infographics

Infographics are becoming increasingly popular in the communications industry yet they are not widely used by internal communicators. This article outlines three reasons IC professionals should definitely jump on the infographics bandwagon. In an attempt to simplify the whirlwind of ever-updated information one new format has been gaining importance in the world of communications: the […]

Institute of Internal Communication Awards

Our team at Gatehouse is made up of incredibly talented individuals. The Institute of Internal Communication seems to agree. Institute of Internal Communication Awards Last Friday, 23 September 2016, Gatehouse attended the Institute of Internal Communication Awards ceremony where we were honoured to have been shortlisted for not one, not two, but three awards! The categories […]

Linking management and shop-floor with Q&As at Novozymes

Novozymes, market-leading biotech company, implemented an innovative format to give shop-floor employees a voice and increase dialogue in Novozymes’ production. Joachim Aaen, Communications Specialist, explains how.  Novozymes produces a wide range of industrial enzymes and microorganisms used in a lot of different industries. We develop solutions for the world’s pressing problems, profit from doing so, […]