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March 13, 2013 #CommsChat on employee engagement with Essex County Council

On Monday, we’ll be joined by Katie Hadgraft (@KatieHadgraft), head of employee communications and engagement at the Essex County Council. Hadgraft’s team oversaw an internal engagement programme that recently took home the CIPR Inside award for best employee engagement.

At a glance, the Essex County Council employs over 8,000 employees in any number of roles spread across the county. The challenge in engaging such a widespread group of people was met with a multifaceted campaign. Alongside typical Yammer pushes, blogs and newsletters, ECC went one step further and instituted updates to senior managers, a twice-yearly roadshow event, an employee awards programme and an electronic employee panel. The Council also instituted a group of engagement ambassadors from different areas to take part in the Your Voice Forum.

With smashing results and an award under its belt, we’re looking forward to chatting with the ECC on employee engagement.

Take a look at the topics:

  • What are the challenges in engaging a massive, far-flung group of employees?
  • How do you keep things fresh by expanding upon now-rote strategies like newsletters?
  • What obstacles does the public sector face in engaging its employees?
  • How do you measure employee engagement?
  • What will the future look like for internal communications?

Join us! We tweet from @CommsChat and #CommsChat takes place from 8-9pm UK time – for worldwide times, go here. Anyone can take part in the discussion – simply follow the hashtag here or on Twitter. If you can’t make the chat or would like to revisit it, a transcript will go up on Tuesday morning.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for future topics for #CommsChat – get in touch with Brittany by email or Twitter if you’ve got ideas.


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