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Financial Wellness Initiatives for 2021

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Mar 18, 2021 10:40:00 AM

For many of today’s employees, financial uncertainty in the wake of Covid-19 has become a major source of stress, affecting their ability to focus, both at work and at home. Several may seek guidance or assistance from employers to reach their short- and long-term financial goals. And, in the “new normal,” proactive employers will be poised to deliver financial wellness initiatives that keep their employees on track for their goals, de-stressed, and better able to concentrate on their day-to-day work.

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

Keep Your Team Connected and Motivated With 7 Proactive Wellness Initiatives

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Mar 2, 2021 10:15:00 AM

For many employers, the challenges and changes of 2020 are carrying a familiar sense of employee uncertainty into 2021. And while some have come a long way in effectively mitigating crises and helping remote employees feel connected, a significant number of today’s employees are still feeling worried—and it’s taking a toll on their overall health and well-being.

According to the October 2020 Leading Indicator Systems Workforce Listening Study, since May 2020, U.S. workforces have witnessed:

  • A 38% increase in employees being worried about their own mental health.
  • A 45% increase in employees being extremely worried about their ability to take care of family.
  • A 140% increase in employees being extremely worried about their own vulnerability to addiction.
  • 75% of employees find it challenging to work under their current conditions.
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Tags: Employee Communications, HR Communications, Employee Engagement, internal communications, communication strategy, Employee Marketing, 2021

2021 Internal Communications: Planning Ahead and Creating a Strategy

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Feb 3, 2021 10:15:00 AM

If we’ve learned anything from 2020, it’s that a well-strategized internal communication plan can make the difference between employees feeling confused, anxious and disconnected or integrated, prepared and able to adapt to any organizational changes that come their way. And while internal communications are becoming increasingly digital in today’s “new normal,” they’re still a vital way to ensure employees are engaged, aware of the company strategy, and confident in their role in carrying it out.

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

Using Video Communication to Engage Your Employees

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Jun 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM

During this unprecedented time, technology is the crucial bridge between many employees and their workplaces. It is even more essential to communicate effectively as well as create opportunities to connect despite the distance. It can be challenging to get the message out to employees across varying locations without the right communication tools to keep them engaged. 

Video is an effective medium you can use to help cut through the noise and capture employees’ attention. Video communications allow you to connect in a clear, authentic way and motivate vividly and visually, capturing the kind of realism that an email or phone call simply cannot. 

Internal communications videos are popular, cost-friendly, easy-to-create tools you can use to increase employee engagement, spark team collaboration and ensure reusable, secure content to keep in your organizational archives.

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Tags: What's Trending, Employee Communications, communication strategy, Marketing, Employee Marketing, 2020, video

A Communications Strategy Case Study: Ocean Spray Cranberries

Posted by Spitfire Communications on May 28, 2020 10:30:00 AM

The last time Ocean Spray was featured on our blog, we focused on their efforts (and success) in implementing an employee benefits website. Now that employees are comfortable with digital communications, how do we make more of an impact, gain insight and build toward the future? The organic next step was to create a strategy and management plan that would enable their communications to continually evolve and adapt to their employees’ needs. Read on to see how we helped.

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Tags: What's Trending, Employee Communications, communication strategy, Marketing, Employee Marketing, 2020, momentum, COVID

Compassionate and Effective Employee Communications in a Crisis

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Mar 24, 2020 11:05:39 AM

There are certain employee communication plans you hope your organization never has to use. They stay tucked away in the shared drive for an unthinkable and unlikely day. But with the rapidly-evolving coronavirus pandemic blindsiding employers around the globe, the unfathomable is becoming the norm. Some are left to dig out their crisis communication plans while others are starting a draft from scratch.  

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Tags: What's Trending, Employee Communications, communication strategy, Marketing, Employee Marketing, 2020, momentum, COVID

Creating Compelling Employee Communications That Build 2020 Momentum

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Jan 30, 2020 10:15:00 AM

A Clean-Slate Organizational Opportunity 

In January, after the frenzy of year-end push subsides and the holidays have come and gone, organizations around the globe are presented with a unique opportunity: the clean slate that comes with a brand new year. It can be used to kick-start an array of new initiatives – from health and wellness incentives to policy and system changes, strategic planning and goal setting for the next few quarters. It’s an intuitive time to introduce mission-critical endeavors and an essential time to engage your employees for success in the year ahead. 

Productivity, Performance, Profitability & Retention: The Perks of Employee Engagement

According to a 2018 Gallup survey, organizations with higher levels of employee engagement and lower levels of active disengagement consistently outperform their competitors. From a profitability standpoint, employers who excel in engaging their employees realize four times the earnings-per-share growth of those who don’t. Companies in the top quartile of engagement achieve substantially better customer engagement and employee retention, increased productivity, fewer accidents and 21% higher profitability. Engaged workers also report better health outcomes. In 2019, a G2 Crowd survey reported companies planned to increase employee engagement spending by 45%, a sign that discerning employers recognize the undeniable importance of keeping an engaged workforce. 

The way your organization engages with your employees during these first few weeks of the year can set the tone for your most vital 2020 initiatives. Creating communications that motivate employees to get involved and mitigate their concerns can help your organization stay in that top quartile, enjoying the real perks of employee engagement. 

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Tags: What's Trending, Employee Communications, communication strategy, Marketing, Employee Marketing, 2020, momentum

How to Maintain Balance During the Busiest Time of Year

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Dec 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Welcome to the season of doing. In an organizational sense, this can mean anything from employee reviews to compensation evaluations, end-of-year loose ends and next year’s strategic vision. All of this builds up to a never-ending pileup of personal endeavors, events and expectations. Everything from shopping to hosting, volunteering, attending, giving, receiving and all-in-all juggling the many responsibilities (and subsequent side effects) of the holidays. 

Here are 7 Ways to help you maintain balance (both personal and professional) during the busiest time of year: 

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Tags: What's Trending, Employee Communications, happy holidays, Marketing, Employee Marketing, culture, wellness, mental health

5 Ways to Future-Proof Your Employee Benefits Package

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Nov 18, 2019 10:45:00 AM

It’s never too soon to start thinking about what to include in your 2020 and 2021 employee benefits packages. How can your HR team stay flexible yet current with a series of compliance changes? Which benefits will be seen as non-negotiables in competitive job offers? Global HR firm Mercer recently unveiled its annual list of the top compliance issues employers should consider when compiling their benefits packages for 2020. 

Here Are The Top 5 Offerings Set to Become Staples in the Benefits Packages of 2020... and Beyond:

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Tags: What's Trending, Employee Communications, Open Enrollment, communication strategy, Marketing Mindset, Marketing, Employee Marketing, benefit package

5 Tips to Help You Through Open Enrollment

Posted by Spitfire Communications on Oct 9, 2019 12:12:04 PM

If you’re feeling a little bit frazzled at the thought of Open Enrollment, it might be time for you to take a different organizational approach.

To help you streamline your thoughts and create a successful battle plan, here is a list of five easy tips to fully prepare for the Open Enrollment rush and stay productive when things get hectic: 

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Tags: Employee Communications, Open Enrollment, internal communications, communication strategy, Marketing Mindset, Marketing, Employee Marketing

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