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Research Update (July 2023)

Collaboration with the Institute of Internal Communication The highlight of this month’s work has been attending the IoIC festival. At the scenic rural setting of Tewinbury Farm near Welwyn Garden City, complete with a river and alpacas, we joined the gathering of professionals from across the internal communication sector. We had the opportunity to attend …

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The Evolution of Employee Voice: Celebrating the 110th Anniversary of the CIPD! – Source of the Month (June 2023)

‘By giving voice to the hundred and one thoughts it made it possible for each individual who played a part in the particular business to broaden his outlook and connect up his own activity with that of his fellow-workmen and to create an interest in him beyond the confines of his own particular task which …

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Research Update (June 2023)

Uncovering Insights in the Archives May has been a productive month for our team and we’ve been able to dedicate much of our time to our archival research. Our first stop was the CIPD in Wimbledon, where we were warmly welcomed by Rose Marney. Navigating through their archival material, we were pleasantly surprised to discover …

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It’s Working a Tweet: Has Technology Improved Internal Communication?– Source of the Month (May 2023)

The way we communicate with each other has changed dramatically over the years. The latest game-changer in the world of internal communication has been social media. With the sudden shift to remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic, the adoption of social media as a means of communication has accelerated. But this change has been more …

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Research Update (May 2023)

Exploring the History of Unilever: A Visit to Port Sunlight In April, our project team had the opportunity to visit the Unilever archives in Port Sunlight. The setting of the archives is, in itself, of great historical interest. The town of Port Sunlight was built in 1888 by Lever Brothers for its workers. Today, it …

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Finding Our Voice: Where Did The Concept of Employee Voice Come From? – Source of the Month (April 2023)

‘Employee voice’ is seen as a vital part of modern internal comms. The CIPD’s factsheet says it brings mutual benefits to employers and employees. For employers, it helps to build trust and can lead to engagement, innovation, productivity, and organizational commitment. For employees, it creates a sense of value, job satisfaction, influence, and development opportunities. …

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Research Update (April 2023)

Engagement with Internal Comms Practitioners and Archivists One of our project’s main objectives is to engage with internal communication professionals and archivists, and this month we were able to work with both groups. We collaborated with our partners the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC) to conduct a survey of its members. We were thrilled to …

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The Grapevine and the Seeds of Internal Communications – Source of the Month (March 2023)

In today’s society, the spread of misinformation has become a major concern, particularly with the rise of social media, which has grown into a powerful channel of communication with very little regulation. However, this issue of misinformation is not new, and it has been a concern for firms throughout the last century. Before social media, …

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Research Update (March 2023)

Over the last month, we have particularly focussed on engagement with the internal comms profession, our key target audience. Archival research has also been progressing and we’re looking forward to our teams’ upcoming trip to the Unilever archives at Port Sunlight. Engagement with the internal comms profession  This project is different from most academic projects. …

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Research Update (February 2023)

The project has taken some exciting steps over the last month. We have launched our website, met with two of our project partners, and finished research on our first case study. Website launch In early January, we were delighted to announce the launch of the www.historyofinternalcomms.org website. One of the distinctive features of our project …

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