In early January I was struck down with a viral chest infection and forced to rest in bed, tucked up with a hottie (just a hot water bottle unfortunately!), lots of liquids, green juices and a restless, fertile imagination. With the green juices flowing round my body, I started…

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What key moments are organisations focussing on in 2020?

These days we’re finding ourselves having more and more conversations about employee experience – so we decided to launch Roundel 2020, a piece of global research to understand the trends, practices and priority areas. Our workplaces are in the midst of huge transformation and businesses are realising they need…

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Doing a world of good

If you’re a regular subscriber to the Institute of Internal Communication’s Voice magazine, you might have spotted my name in this month’s edition. The IOIC invited me to share my experience on communicating sustainability to employees and driving behaviour change. The featured article, titled Doing a World of Good…

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‘Twas 23 nights before Christmas, and there was much to ponder, for we at Home were hosting our One Night of Wonder! OK, OK – that’s as far as the Christmas poetry will go, promise. It was a cool and crisp night, and the neon Home roundel and fairy…

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Employee Experience Dictionary

Do you know your Employee Value Proposition from your employer brand? Or your values and behaviours from your guiding principles? Do you have a well-articulated purpose, mission and vision? Does any of it really matter anyway? We find there’s lots of confusion out there. Organisations think and talk really…

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Banksy - Devolved Parliament (image taken by Alan Clarke at The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery)

Deal or No Deal? In or Out? The answers to these questions will shape so much for so many for years to come. Now more than ever it feels like none of us can predict the future. But rightly so, people are looking to their employers for clarity, direction…

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When I was first made responsible for communicating to a global Retail team, I was told by a well-meaning colleague that ‘retail was like the Wild West’. Despite some initial panic, I quickly got stuck into the challenge – and soon found out that actually, he might have had…

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Home internal communications reading list

As August is now upon us, and many of you will be off on your summer holidays, I wanted to pull together a list of some of our favourite books, magazines and podcasts from everyone in the studio here at Home. It’s a collection of inspiring things we’ve read…

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Creative Comms

In these challenging times you might be wondering whether it’s worth investing in creativity to land your messages internally? You’re under pressure with your budget, but you know, you still need to deliver. The thing is, a great creative idea needn’t cost the earth. Something simple can stand out,…

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Comms Error!

Communicating to an audience as diverse as it is globally dispersed is no mean feat. Some are desk bound, others are so remote they could be whittling spoons in the wilderness. They all have a preferred method of being communicated to and most of those methods aren’t part of…

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Never mind bloody Brexit or the nasty things that are happening across the globe. The Home world was rocked in April by the disappearance of one of our mascots, the beautiful Stanley Douglas Lines – my cat. Stanley and I had recently moved to a new neighbourhood and it…

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Unleash innovation from within

Everything is changing, all of the time. Large players want to disrupt their own markets before fresh-faced start-ups do. And to attract and retain key talent companies need to be more agile, innovative and inclusive – giving their people both a voice and the chance to really make a…

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Retention Blog Header Image

Last week I helped one of our wonderful clients create a presentation for a webinar she was giving on the subject of retention. She’d written some dynamic words that encapsulated her beliefs. We had a healthy conversation around some of her ideas and theories and we enjoyed one another’s…

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I’m sure that I’m not alone in noticing how often I’m confronted by jigsaw puzzle styled communications for (insert numerous business challenges) working in internal communications and specifically strategy (cringe, right?). Personally, after twenty years in internal communications, if I never see another jigsaw-style design again it will be…

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Today is International Women’s Day and the theme for 2019 is #BalanceforBetter, with the goal of creating a more gender-balanced world. At Home, we like to think we’re well balanced – the business was founded by Carol back in the 80s. Today, our workplace gender-split actually tips the scales…

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The unwritten brief

You want a good fit; whether you’re looking for your new jeans, finding your new home, or on the prowl for your new partner. The hunt begins with a need, and often a need comes when you can’t ignore it. Like pulling on your favourite jeans one too many…

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Recently, one of our Creative Directors, Ben King, had the chance to be a judge on the panel for a set of awards focused on external campaign work. The experience got him to thinking about how we can bring the creativity of the outside, in. “It’s a bright early…

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We’ve just about recovered from celebrating last week after picking up Consultancy of the Year at the Employee Engagement Awards – a celebration honouring organisations that put workforce engagement at the heart of their business strategy. This award recognises all the hard work, dedication and creativity of our Homies…

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Culture

If you know me you’ll be aware that at any point I am likely to turn a conversation into a song. Right now this thread is taking me back to my Latin American dancing days of the late 60s where the cha-cha was my signature junior competition dance –…

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Blue Monday is said to be the most depressing day of the year and, let’s face it, there are plenty of things to be blue about. The joy of Christmas is long gone, we’ve set ourselves (or have already failed at) New Year’s resolutions like dry January, #veganuary or…

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