The Gatehouse Blog: Tools & techniques

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are Employee Magazines Dead? Here’s Why Print Isn’t Past It

Are Employee Magazines Dead? Here’s Why Print Isn’t Past It   Rachel Ifans makes the case for print-based magazines – arguing that after years of decline, paper is making a come-back…   Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past ten years, you will have heard the doomsayers and seen the facts. Recent […]

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 […]

Where do you rise to when you’re already at the top?

Where do you go next when you’ve reached a senior position in internal communication? Former Head of IC Nick Green talks about his career move to property services at Sky. I joined Sky as Head of Internal Communication in 2009. I spent the first few years developing a robust internal communication function and a tone […]