Let’s start with the why, as Simon Sinek might say. Why should Internal Communications and HR try to work together in the first place? Well, for starters, Internal Communications wants to communicate with every employee, and HR has access to a great deal of their vital information. That’s a pretty significant link, but we think there’s still way more to it.
Employers don’t like to think disaster—and who can blame them—but a proactive plan is critical for dealing with calamities of all kinds. If employees are engaged and actively communicating via internal channels, crises can be addressed quickly (and calmly) with optimal success, and perhaps even avoided in the first place.
When ice storms hit Adams Land & Cattle in Nebraska this winter, Liz Babcock, Director of Communication and Talent Development, and her team had no reason to panic.
Workforce demographics are changing. As baby boomers retire, millennials now make up the biggest part of the workforce and are moving into management positions. At the same time, members of Generation Z are starting to come out of college and move into their first full-time jobs.