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Why do employee networks matter to communicators?

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, General communication

I’ve been inspired to write this blog about employee networks by three recent activities: Yesterday I attended the CharityComms seminar about building an anti-racist brand. There were many thought-provoking points, suggestions and learnings. A key takeaway for me was the importance of genuine dialogue with others, enabling a deeper understanding of their experiences and involving them in creating the way …

How to use walking meetings to benefit your mental health and your work

browningyork Communication channels, Communication lessons, General communication, Inspiration, Organisational culture

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is nature. There is increasing evidence to show how important a connection with nature is for our mental health and wellbeing. Research carried out by the Mental Health Foundation into the effects of the pandemic showed: Going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us …

Back to square one?

browningyork Communication measurement, General communication

With #lockdown2 about to start in England tomorrow, it’s hard not to feel that we’re right back where we started earlier this year. Personally and professionally, I’ve heard a lot of heart-sinking, sighing and here-we-go-again-ing. Many communications teams and individuals are gathering themselves and setting to work once again for their colleagues. Finding the best messages to support wellbeing and …

Comms checklist for trustees

browningyork Charity, Collaboration, Communication lessons, General communication, Leadership communication, Strategy communication, Voluntary sector

Trustees’ Week 2020 takes place 2-6 November. Apparently there are 700,000 volunteer trustees in England and Wales, so I am part of a very large group! As trustees we have a lot of different things to keep an eye on. This is particularly true during difficult times, for our own organisations, for our sector and, most importantly, for the very …

Aligning communication with overall direction

browningyork Change, Communication lessons, General communication, Leadership communication, Planning, Strategy communication

2020, as we are all painfully aware, is a year like no other. Many business strategies and plans written in January have long since been abandoned or postponed. The ongoing uncertainty of where we are headed means many organisations are re-evaluating what they can realistically achieve in the short-term and what might need to change in the medium or longer-term. …