The Gatehouse Blog: Journal of Internal Communication

Integrating an internal communication function and setting it up for future success

Internal communication at Hammerson, a FTSE100 property development company, was still in its infancy due to its rapid growth against the backdrop of a small, family business culture and needed to be elevated. Gatehouse interim consultant Natalie Henderson talks us through how she helped to drive a new strategy, brand and channels to take the […]

Treat your IC tools as internal products for sale

Have you ever considered what happens when you start treating your internal communication tools like your internal products and employees like customers? Maja Biernacka reflects on how internal communication practitioners can change their audiences’ attitudes towards IC solutions. Would you buy products that are not able to solve your problems, are difficult to use, or […]

Innovating employee communications for a modern workforce

Senior Internal Communication and Engagement Director Rebecca Gallagher shares the approach she has taken at 2U, Inc. to create dialogue and measure impact. Developing a measurable strategic communication plan is not a simple task in any organisation. Add the complexities of a fast-paced, rapidly growing global company that recently acquired another global business and it […]

Getting the most out of Microsoft Office 365

As Microsoft Office 365 continues to take organisations by storm, many internal communicators find themselves struggling to communicate the breadth and complexity of tools available to employees. Lucy Braun and Sergey Datsenko share their experience running a campaign to help employees of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) collaborate more effectively by leveraging the full […]

Empowering employees to take ownership of DS Smith’s values

Since a change in leadership in 2010, DS Smith has grown substantially, organically and through acquisitions. Though these were positive advancements for the business, it was becoming increasingly difficult to align growing numbers of colleagues across growing numbers of sites to a single DS Smith way of doing things. In this article, Group Head of […]

Influencing our image: stop telling, start showing

With the speed at which the IC profession is evolving, it’s unfortunately little surprise that pre-existing stereotypes attached to our profession are still clinging on. Leanne Taylor, IC Manager at AXA UK and the IoIC’s Best IC Manager 2016, explains how she introduced a value-adding influencer programme and, in doing so, cemented the truly strategic […]

Bringing employees along on a journey of market-led change

Fundamental changes to the core systems, ways of working, and direction of marketing are all evolving to reflect the changing needs of customers. In this article, Nina Embra of Creative Minds Consulting explains how she navigated this rocky terrain for one of her clients. For almost a decade, it has been my job to help […]

Stop starting from scratch when you write

All creative processes build upon something, so why should writing be any different? You can write faster and get people’s attention more easily if you use a ‘swipe file’ of ready-to-go stories, says Gatehouse’s Head of Content, Ian Harris. Everyone says that getting started is the hardest thing about writing. But what if you could […]

Redefining internal communication in Latin America

The release of the ninth edition of Gatehouse’s State of the Sector report brought about a number of insights into internal communication. But for Sofia Cordoba the progress made in Europe and North America led to questions around the state of the sector in Latin America – and the opportunities for the IC profession. As […]

How YBSG transformed its IC function

The internal communication profession is a relatively young one that has evolved substantially over the years. In this article, Drew Stephenson of Yorkshire Building Society Group ponders these changes and explains just how this translates into his team’s and his day-to-day responsibilities. The evolution of internal communication First, we were hunters; then we became farmers. […]