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A Sprint Into Employee Communications

By Rick Bell

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ome say you have to crawl before you can walk.

To that we say, let’s just sprint.

Workforce is in the planning stages of our inaugural content sprint that will encompass roughly eight weeks over the course of the months of May and June. We are labeling this content sprint as Workforce Focus. The theme of our first-ever content sprint, errr, Workforce Focus, is a topic that seems so simple yet confounds and confuses even the best, most highly progressive workplace cultures.

The topic? Employee communications. Indeed, it’s a vast area of managing a workforce, and it’s arguably the most vital and crucial point of getting things done.

Think about it: We all use email to communicate with a colleague across the aisle or halfway around the globe. And there are any number of communications tools at our disposal, from Slack to Skype to Flowdock. We update our budgets in Google Sheets and log our documents in Dropbox.

We send flurries of text messages, and there are now workplace policies that govern the use of emojis and avatars to communicate with one another. Some of us still use that little plastic object on our desk with 12 buttons. You know, the landline.

In other words, we have more options and tools to communicate than ever. Yet, efficient employee communication still vexes us.

Our Workforce Focus on Employee Communications will touch on a variety of topics through multiple online platforms.

Through fresh and archived content the Workforce editorial team will explore such crucial topics as internal communications, communicating across generations, crisis communications and effective employee benefits communication techniques, authored by our Benefits Beat columnist and benefits expert Jennifer Benz.

Want some basic, how-to content? There will be an employee-communications road map; a how-to on writing an effective communications policy in a digital workplace; even a sample communications policy.

The Workforce “How-to” video series will profile communications with remote employees, as well as ways to enhance conference calls. And there’s a Q&A with communications expert and noted author of the new book, “Can You Hear Me,” Nick Morgan.

To experience all of this timely, relevant content and boost your organization’s ability to communicate, watch for our newsletter takeovers and go to Workforce.com/communicationsfocus.

So please join us for the inaugural sprint into communications. We’ll set an easy pace.