The Gatehouse Blog: General musings

Communication with confidence: IC has arrived

At Gatehouse, we have been taking the pulse of the internal communication and employee engagement profession for nine years now. The 2017 edition of our State of the Sector research report was released in February, with a slew of surprising insights to boot. In 2017, over 450 internal communicators worldwide took part in Gatehouse’s annual […]

Six questions to… Kate Jones, Head of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Tarmac Ltd

 In this issue, we meet Kate Jones, who was named Internal Communicator of the Year at the IoIC’s Icon Awards in November 2016. How did you get into internal communication? After a BA in English, I started my career as Editorial Assistant in a communication agency back in the 1990s. Internal communication wasn’t very evolved […]

Which type of advisor are you?

Our inaugural JoIC Live event took place on 14 September 2016, hosting participants from various industries. To lead the conversations of the evening, three experts in our profession discussed their experiences and challenges. Communication, HR and change consultant Stephen Welch was one of these speakers, describing his model of the four different types of partnership. Which type of […]

The dangerous affliction known as ITS

As you can probably tell from the date of my previous post, I’ve been rather busy of late. In the last six to eight weeks Gatehouse has won a pile of work and my blogging has undoubtedly paid the price. I know this is a cardinal sin for anyone who wants to retain an online […]

Absence, stress & depression in the workplace – line managers may hold the key

A recent study from NICE, the National Institute of Health & Clinical Excellence, caught my eye.  Reported on the Management Today website, it  suggests that poor line management is responsible for rising levels of stress in the workplace. NICE reckons the total cost to the UK economy of work related stress, anxiety and depression is […]

CommsFlashMob – what on earth is it?!

It all started with an innocent throw-away comment a few weeks back… Anyone interested in social media and communications will know just how big Wikipedia is these days – a staggering 3 million entries and the seventh most popular website globally. But despite its huge reach and considerable influence it’s clear that the entries on […]

MacLeod Review provides a timely reminder of the importance of employee engagement

Published today (16 July 2009), the MacLeod Review of employee engagement has recommended government support and more cooperation by UK businesses both large and small, to make sure the relationship between employees and employers is at the centre of successful business plans.  Led by David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, the independent review was commissioned by […]

Random thoughts on… Audience

Inspired by the popularity of the new Gatehouse A to Z of Internal Communication – a slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the world of employee communication created by my colleague and consultancy co-founder Simon Wright – I thought I’d begin an occasional series of blog posts with my own, alternative thoughts a random words relating to […]

Singing the praises of corporate choirs

A few years ago Ernst & Young, the big 4 accountancy firm I used to work for, launched a corporate choir in London. It went down a storm as I remember, with employees signing up in droves to sing together in sweet harmony. Their occasional performances were also extremely popular with fellow employees – a […]

Edelman Barometer highlights global crisis of trust

The global PR agency Edelman has just released the findings of its 2009 Trust Barometer, which make very interesting reading. Here’s the Executive Summary. The global study, now in its tenth year, found that nearly two in three informed publics—62% of 25-to-64-year-olds surveyed in 20 countries—say they trust corporations less now than they did a […]