Looking forward to catching up with you on Friday. Plenty to talk about: lots of large organisations starting to pick a route about return to work. Will they do the 2/3 shuffle or demand Goldman Sachs vampire squid allegiance to 80 hours in the office? Also some mergers among the big vendors: Poppulo have been swallowed up by Four Winds Interactive (no I hadn't heard of them either) and Staffbase merging with Bananatag. And Top Banana (since we are on a fruit them) eaten up by the TBA Group. We will also talk about the themes and stories we will be telling at simplyIC - and of course listening to what is important to you as we all bid good riddance to 2021/Q1! 26th March 1pm on Teams - should be in your diary already but shout if you want your name down on the list.
Morning, I've had something go awry in my outlook calendar for the upcoming event this Thursday. Apologies for the emails cancelling and reinviting you, would rather clear out the rogue link from your diaries. The link is also here: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_N2M3MmI3YjctOWU2MC00OTdjLWE5MjgtYTY5NWZiYTkxOWUy%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2275290525-b512-4345-b57c-4f05d3fbf85c%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%227b1d2c6a-d6a8-4772-a9ce-2375015e4a79%22%7d Hope to see you Thursday.
In case you hadn't noticed, we now have 1:1 conversations available on the platform. Navigate to the create option at the top of the toolbar, and you'll see an option for conversations. Group conversations are coming soon. The plan is that this will be a better way of sharing immediate content/ seeking support. I'll keep you updated on expected timings for this, but hopefully, it'll be by the end of April. Please do check out the function and let me know how you're finding it? All feedback is welcome.
Hi everyone - just a reminder we have our monthly community catch up tomorrow. Would be great if anyone is willing to share how they're communicating the potential return to the workplace in light of the UK's roadmap published this week. Hope to see you then.
Hi everyone. In light of the Microsoft Viva announcement last week, the M365 showcase training sessions we had planned in March, we are going to move to June. Reason being is that it makes sense to do these in the context of Viva - and more information is still coming out. If you would like some more immediate support/ training on M365, please let Myles or I know and we'll host a dedicated session for you. Lisa
We're looking at building an interactive map to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the simplycommunity. Information I think would be helpful to include is: - HQ location - member location - Org size - Desk v non-desk employees - Primary IC channels - Role Is there anything else you'd like to see or easily identify?
No one in communications and engagement is going to forget 2020 in a hurry; Covid, Black Lives Matter, the US president who wouldn’t give up, and endless video calls when people forgot to unmute themselves!simplycommunity members have been invited to join the PRCA #ChatAndConnect crew to review the year on Thursday 17 December at 1700 GMT. We’ll be looking at some of the big innovations in communications in the last 12 months, reflecting on life running in-house comms and asking whether 2020 was finally when Diversity and Inclusion landed properly on the corporate agenda.#ChatAndConnect is quite simple – Question and Retain’s Annabel Dunstan and Donhead Consultants’ Liam FitzPatrick chat to three guests on Zoom in a chat show format. But unlike the TV, the audience gets to chip in, tell stories, crack jokes or even shed a tear or two. You don’t have to be a PRCA member to join – you don’t even have to be in the UK! And there is no charge; all you need to bring is your own snacks and a willingness to chat.Our guests in December will be:• Jenny Clark, Director of Internal Communications at omni-channel retailer QVC where she looks after an international audience that includes onscreen talent, production teams and logistics colleagues in Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland and the UK. Her past communications experience includes diamond miner De Beers Group and professional services firm PwC. As a communications leader she believes strongly in developing the skills of the people around her and in the importance of clear narrative.• Marc Wright runs Simply Communicate, the digital home for communicators. As well as providing resources and inspiration to internal communicators, Simply organise some of the best attended conferences in the sector and closely track innovations and developments in practice and technology.• Kamiqua Pearce, founder and CEO of Coldr, strategic communications and inclusive business consultancy, is a senior PR consultant and inclusion change-maker. Her experience includes working with brands big and small including Coca-Cola, Belvita Breakfast, Aldi, Converse, Hertz, Nurofen and the National Citizen Service (NCS). Kam is passionate about helping companies to be inspired by difference and is obsessed with the role of language and communications in creating more inclusive places to work. She is a Director of the PRCA and a founding member of its Race and Ethnicity Equity Board and set up the UK Black Comms Network.Zoom links will be sent out to all attendees 24 hours prior to the event start time. If you sign up after this time, please contact email@example.com for the link.https://www.prca.org.uk/event/4623/employee-engagement-group%3A-2020%21-what-a-year%21
What a dreadful week for retail and the UK high street. If anyone knows of anyone who works for either of these groups and their associated brands, we (simply) would love to help. Please do encourage them to get in touch with us and we'll do what we can to help them during this tough time.
Hi everyone, Just a reminder our next community meet-up is this Friday. Invites should be in your diaries, but if not, please let me know and I'll send you the links. Details of our events for December, Jan and Feb also coming your way this week!
Hi Lisa and fellow membersHas anyone seen any research reports about the challenges of engaging people to network/ask questions within virtual community or event platforms? It's really apparent from the virtual events I've attended and those we're hosting at work, that participants engage with content/sessions/watching videos but don't engage in networking lounges/chat rooms. It seems we all want to learn but are hiding behind our laptops when it comes to the conversation side. Are others experiencing this? I'm curious if anyone's done any research, or if there are any trends to share about this. All with a view to improving engagement for our future events...thanks, Lou
Hi everyone, I hope you've had a good week. I'm sorry to announce that the lovely Stew Donovan is going to be leaving simply at the end of this month. We have LOVED working with Stew and we're gutted he's going, but he's been offered a pretty exciting role elsewhere which he wants to pursue. Whilst there will be no farewell drinks or party, please join us in saying a massive thank you to Stew for all the support and work he's put into simply whilst he's been with us. Lisa
If you have an individual or team membership* you are entitled to attend any workshop you wish for free. This is uncapped, we host 25+ workshops a year and you are welcome to attend them all.To book your place on an upcoming workshop, scroll to the bottom of the community home page until you see 'book an event'. Under that title you'll find all upcoming workshops, click on the workshop room of interest and within that virtual room you will find information and a link to book your free place.Upon clicking the register button you'll be transferred to our Eventbrite site where it'll take you 30 seconds to book your place.The day before the workshop you'll receive a calendar invite from our events team. If you miss or don't receive that link it'll be available in the workshop room 1 hour before the workshop starts.If you feel the topic would be more valuable for a colleague, you can sub them in free of charge or if you want to attend but have diary clash you can listen to the play back here: https://community.simply-communicate.com/rooms/previous-workshop-playbacks*Those with read-only memberships can book workshops at a discounted rate and listen to playbacks.
Hi Everyone, It's National Simplicity Day this weekend (who knew there were such a day!). Annique Simpson, a member of our advisory board and part of the simplycommunity has published this really excellent post on how to keep your communications simple. Hope you enjoy the read as much as I did: https://anniquesimpson.com/2020/07/08/3-ways-to-keep-communications-simple/
As you start to navigate around the community, a key aspect of building our group is the ability to network with peers. If you have any ideas or recommendations for discussion rooms, please post them here and we'll make it happen!