The Gatehouse Blog: Our profession

Should you use jokes in leadership communication?

Humour is a strong weapon when it comes to landing important messages. Gatehouse’s Head of Content Ian Harris ponders its use. Somebody in a group I’m part of asked an interesting question the other day: should you use jokes in your leadership communication? Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minster, was famous for flubbing jokes […]

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 […]

How a transformed Standard Chartered recalibrated its internal communication

Sarah-Jane Wakefield, Head of Group Internal Communications at Standard Chartered, talks about the benefits of conducting a full internal communication audit and its impact on enabling her team to support the Bank’s new strategy and organisational change. Why did you commission an internal communication audit? Over the last two years, the organisation has been going […]

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 […]

Journal of Internal Communication – volume 13 is out!

We are proud to announce the release of our thirteenth consecutive edition of the Journal of Internal Communication! We’ve set the bar high with our previous editions and our ‘unlucky’ 13th edition is no different with contributors such as Kate Jones, the IoIC’s Internal Communicator of the year 2016. In the Journal, we also discuss […]

The State of the Sector 2017 is out!

At Gatehouse, we have been taking the pulse of the internal communication and employee engagement industry for nine years now. The 2017 edition of our State of the Sector research report was released last Wednesday, with a slew of surprising insights to boot. This year, we received responses from over 450 internal communicators worldwide, meaning […]

There’s a digital revolution in the workplace, but face-to-face communication remains king

More people are using social networks to communicate at work – but speaking to each other is more effective, according to our latest State of the Sector report. Our latest study found an increase in the use of social platforms inside businesses. However, despite a rapidly changing technological landscape, old fashioned talking remains the most […]

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, […]

Making Britvic Employees feel valued – Simplifying a complex reward system

Quite often in large companies, employees don’t know the total value of their employment package. Properly outlining and breaking it down can be a real driver of employee engagement. Harveen Gill, Reward Advisor at Britvic, explains how they created an individualised, engaging and easy to understand reward statement.  The challenges We offer employees a very […]