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How to Engage Employees with Social Media

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Nov 30, 2021 10:27:00 AM

Social media has completely changed the way we communicate inside and outside the workplace. It has lessened the need to pick up a phone or draft a letter and made connecting with people around the world as easy as logging into an account or app. There are 4.2 billion people on social media worldwide, and 82% of the U.S. population has a social networking profile. 

Social media platforms also present a plethora of opportunities for business. Between employee communication, recruiting and employer branding efforts, organizational learning and even public relations, social media can streamline countless company initiatives in real time. In fact, 82% of employees believe social media can improve their work relationships, and 60% think it can expedite better decision-making.

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Tags: Employee Communications, social meda, HR Communications, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, internal communications, communication strategy, Employee Marketing, wellness, COVID, 2022

6 Ways to Stop Employee Burnout

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Nov 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM

Over the course of the pandemic and our abrupt shift to remote work, countless companies have been dealing with the implications of employee burnout — from Zoom fatigue to a shrinking work-life balance to confusing employee communications (despite the best of intentions). 

Post-Covid employee burnout seems to have one overarching cause: stress; stress from the constant shifts and changes, stress from the global health crisis and stress surrounding our beliefs about what the modern “world of work” should even entail.   

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Tags: Employee Communications, HR Communications, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, internal communications, communication strategy, Employee Marketing, wellness, COVID, 2022

Communicating Covid-19 Vaccine Policies

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Oct 13, 2021 10:43:17 AM

Sixty-percent of global executive leaders say they plan to encourage their employees to get vaccinated for Covid-19. And as companies across the world consider how to navigate such a complex public health crisis, making the decision to motivate or even mandate employee vaccinations requires a well-strategized communication approach. 

The most effective vaccine communication plans are based on a variety of factors — from industry type to geographical location to roles and responsibilities and travel requirements. Not to mention, an emphasis on empathy can make the difference between employee uncertainty and hesitation and company-wide understanding and adoption. 

Here is a comprehensive guide for how to communicate Covid vaccine policies with sample vaccine communication approaches, strategies and other key considerations. 

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Tags: Employee Communications, HR Communications, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, internal communications, communication strategy, Employee Marketing, wellness, COVID, 2022

Communications Lessons Learned Post-Covid

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Sep 28, 2021 12:04:22 PM

As we round another essential corner in the Covid-19 pandemic, the world is focused on reopening for business and the future of work is front and center. Organizations are engaging in weighty discussions about what happens next, and lessons learned are shaping decision-making at the leadership level and beyond. 

With organizations shifting into another “new normal,” we’re taking a look at which aspects of the hybrid workplace are here to stay. During a time when communication was crucial to connect with remote employees, what winning strategies can we continue to implement for effective and engaging employee communications? 

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Tags: Employee Communications, HR Communications, Employee Engagement, Open Enrollment, Human Resources, internal communications, communication strategy, Employee Marketing, wellness, COVID, 2022

A Checklist for Open Enrollment Communications

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Sep 1, 2021 10:06:02 AM

 

Open Enrollment: The Essentials 

With summer coming to an end and fall just around the corner, Open Enrollment season is top of mind for many organizations. Open Enrollment, generally occurs between November 1st and December 15th, so we’re approaching the perfect time to put together a checklist to keep things on track. 

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Tags: Employee Communications, HR Communications, Employee Engagement, Open Enrollment, Human Resources, internal communications, communication strategy, Employee Marketing, wellness, COVID, 2022

Planning for Open Enrollment 2022

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Aug 17, 2021 10:15:00 AM

In 2021, Open Enrollment for employee benefits was met with an unprecedented rollout, as the majority of employees worked remotely and their personal and professional needs took a dramatic shift. As we approach Open Enrollment 2022, a new set of parameters will need to be met, with a mix of in-office and remote workers and an evolving set of benefits needs. 

To prepare for another non-traditional Open Enrollment season, it’s helpful to get planning efforts into full swing with some time to spare.

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Tags: Employee Communications, workplace program, HR Communications, Employee Engagement, Open Enrollment, Human Resources, internal communications, communication strategy, Employee Marketing, wellness, COVID, 2022

Thinking Ahead to Open Enrollment

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Aug 2, 2021 11:30:00 AM

Even as pandemic-implemented protocols and restrictions are starting to lift, many individuals are still facing stress and uncertainty around their long-term health and financial well-being. With this in mind, it’s important for employers to engage their employees in benefits decision-making as early and as often as possible this year as we approach another unique Open Enrollment season. 

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Tags: Employee Communications, workplace program, HR Communications, Employee Engagement, Open Enrollment, Human Resources, internal communications, communication strategy, Employee Marketing, wellness, COVID, 2022

How to Increase Engagement in Employee Wellness Programs

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Jul 15, 2021 9:36:07 AM

Employee wellness is on almost every employer’s mind, especially over the course of the last few months. Between the benefits employee wellness programs bring to employee engagement, retention and recruiting new talent, and their ability to lower health care costs and boost employee performance, it’s easy to see why. 

That being said, simply offering employee wellness programs is not enough. It takes a targeted approach to employee participation to see the true benefits of your organization’s employee wellness initiatives

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Tags: Employee Communications, workplace program, HR Communications, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, internal communications, communication strategy, Employee Marketing, wellness, COVID, 2021

Returning to the Office: What Does it Look Like and How Will it Work?

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Jun 24, 2021 10:30:36 AM

For many it is finally time to return to the office after over a year of uncertainty and remote connection. According to a Worker Preferences survey from JLL, a strong majority of employees are looking for a blend of in-person and remote work, with around three days a week in the office.

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Tags: Employee Communications, HR Communications, Employee Engagement, internal communications, communication strategy, Employee Marketing, COVID, 2021

Communicating a Return to the Office

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Jun 10, 2021 10:15:00 AM

 

It’s been over a year since organizations around the world were met with a completely unprecedented “new normal", yet staying flexible is still at the top of most employers’ minds. As COVID-19 restrictions slowly lessen and the country starts to open back up for business, many workplaces will need to adapt their workplace to accommodate remote and in-office employees. 

In a recent PwC survey of US executives, nearly one-third described their approach to post-pandemic work as "going with the flow." While being agile is an admirable employer quality, it’s still helpful to have plans and procedures in place and communicating with your employees what to expect.

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Tags: Employee Communications, HR Communications, Employee Engagement, internal communications, communication strategy, Employee Marketing, COVID, 2021

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