Arctic winds offer a Texas-sized lesson in crisis communications

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An agency leader reflects on the takeaways from the crisis that left thousands of Texans without power as cold temperatures shut down power plants and compromised water treatment facilities. This recent crisis was no different. You want to be empathetic in a time of a crisis.

Engaging employees during extraordinary times

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Learn how to preserve your workplace culture, keep stakeholders engaged in a time of crisis and craft messaging that inspires trust in leadership, all of which will make the difference in the months ahead. Has there ever been a more crucial time for internal communicators?

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Ragan survey: Brand storytelling increases in importance

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And communicators are doing a lot more of it, too. Brand storytelling has dramatically increased in both importance and volume over the last three months, likely driven by the communications urgency of the pandemic and associated crises of 2020.

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Guidance for managing employee relations during COVID-19

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A lawyer shares advice for engaging employees and protecting your business during these difficult days. When crisis strikes, such as a pandemic, the most important thing employers can do is to plan for employee and customer safety and operational continuity.

How are brands defining employee experience in core values statements?

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The COVID-19 crisis has led many to claim that 2021 is the year of empathy and the employee experience is under more scrutiny than ever. Yet, is the pivot to place employees at the center of the organization being reflected in publicly available messages about company core values?

The importance of solid messaging and storytelling

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, being able to deliver on communications goals has been a matter of life and death. In a morbid way, the pandemic has been a communicator’s dream. These messages are PR works of art and will surely be staples of communication study in future.

How the pandemic is revealing the indispensable value of employee communication

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An Italian study shows that communicators are poised to assume greater roles and responsibilities moving forward. Like all crises affecting companies, the COVID-19 emergency brought employee communication to the forefront — this time even more than usual.

5 crisis communications lessons from horror movies

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What doesn’t kill your employees makes your company stronger, right? Silence does not bode well in a crisis, either. RELATED : Master the "Four Cs" of storytelling in this intensive master class.]. that the first 48 hours of a crisis are crucial in determining whether the company will survive. There will be “High Tension,” but a communication plan must be executed within 24-48 hours of the crisis onset.

Report: How investing in employees bolsters the bottom line

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According to a new report from Accenture , just 35% of C-suite leaders before the pandemic saw themselves as being responsible for the well-being of employees and holistically supporting their needs. RELATED: Are you or someone you know one of Ragan's Top Women in Communications? ]. In short, employee trust will come at a premium for organizations after the global pandemic. loss that is the average for organizations during the COVID-19 crisis.

Instacart, Amazon employees strike over COVID-19, Macy’s furloughs employees, and Google thanks health care workers in video

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The video, which has been watched nearly six million times in less than two days, is accompanied by this message: As the world faces an unprecedented health crisis, we thank the entire healthcare community for sacrificing so much to save so many. Don’t treat your employees as commodities.

How to engage anxious employees and forge a fresh culture amid COVID-19

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New research from McKinsey can help communicators keep workers feeling hopeful, valued, united and motivated. FREE GUIDE: 3 Proven Ways to Communicate with Employees During COVID-19 ]. Lay the groundwork: Be sensitive to employees’ needs.

Astellas Pharma’s strong employee culture an antidote to the current crisis

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Communications Moyra Knight says, “We have an opportunity to set the tone for how our companies will emerge.”. It’s a formidable responsibility that brings its own rewards and unique challenges amid this crisis. It’s helpful and makes us stronger as a communications community.

How Arch’s affinity groups are fueling employee engagement and forging deeper connections

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Lanita Goins shares a trove of insights on how ERGs can help shape more authentic corporate storytelling. Every organization is a storytelling mine. FREE GUIDE: The State of Corporation Communications 2021 ].

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J&J stresses ‘open communication’ after vaccine pause, a quarter of U.S employers provide vaccine access, and Pinterest ends employee NDAs for discrimination claims

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Hello, communicators: Executives from three-dozen Michigan-based companies, including Ford and General Motors, issued a joint statement against proposed voting bills that will make it harder to vote in Michigan and other states. CRISIS LEADERSHIP NETWORK.

Shake Shack returns $10M loan, P&G embraces marketing during COVID-19, and grocery employees get asked to wear masks

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Hello, communicators: Actors Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have partnered with Nocking Point Wines and Battle Creek Vineyards to launch “Quarantine Wine”—a drink in which 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to COVID-19 relief efforts. CRISIS LEADERSHIP BOARD.

Saks requires employee vaccinations, Americans won’t share data to stop COVID-19 spread, and HBOMax launches ad-supported tier

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Hello, communicators: The chicken sandwich wars may never end. Saks requires employee vaccinations ahead of office reopening. What it means: Saks’ announcement comes days after Delta said that it would require all new employees to be vaccinated. COMMUNICATIONS WEEK.

Boyd Gaming lays off 2,500 employees, Apple asks retail employees to WFH, and earned media drives 88% of consumers to websites

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Hello, communicators: Though many brand managers took part in #NationalFrenchFryDay on Monday, fewer seem to be taking advantage of #NationalTapeMeasureDay. Here are today’s top stories: Boyd Gaming lays off 2,500 employees. CRISIS LEADERSHIP BOARD.

Why you should address the coronavirus with employees

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The global health concern is driving lots of conversations online, and employers and communications teams should have a plan to address their colleagues’ worries. Employees are a company’s No. Consider making travel optional if employees are uncomfortable.

IBM stops facial recognition work, employees seek fewer open workplaces, cosmetics brands drop talc, and more

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Good morning, communicators: Google is offering notices on its Maps app to help users avoid crowding and maintain social distance. Public transit use is a key concern for many organizations’ leaders as they try to chart a way back to the office for their employees.

Covering COVID-19: Amid the pandemic, brand journalists step up their storytelling

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A key tenet of crisis communications: Get ahead of the story. They’re informing employees, customers, their industries and the broader communities they serve. It’s crucial to do so in a crisis. Communicate your values.

Zoom chief focuses on winning back trust, Hobby Lobby closes and furloughs most employees, and Apple makes COVID-19 face shields

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Good morning, communicators: Agency Berlin Cameron launched an effort to help small business owners struggling to stay afloat during the current crisis. How can you share your skills and expertise to help those struggling with their crisis responses? CRISIS LEADERSHIP BOARD.

Amazon says it won’t test employees for marijuana, younger Americans identify as LGBT+, and the FTC cracks down on automatic subscriptions

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Hello, communicators: Brands have gone to great lengths encouraging Americans to get vaccinated, offering everything from free donuts and fries to rides and flights. This represents “a groundbreaking new approach” to communicating with retail investors, the company says.

Adidas rejects employee claims on diversity, employee welfare tops ranks of reopening concerns, Publix stays the course on BLM attire, and more

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Good morning, communicators: After Quaker Oats announced it would retire Aunt Jemima because of the brand’s association with slavery and racial inequality, other brands are also taking a close look at their mascots and images.

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GitHub apologizes for firing employee over ‘Nazi’ remark, hospitals and governments turn to influencers for COVID-19 campaigns, and the NRA declares bankruptcy

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Hello, communicators: Cuisine Aunt Dai, a Chinese restaurant in Montreal, is grabbing both headlines and kudos for the honesty that its owner, Feigang Fei, includes in his menu. The effort underlines the power of honest reviews and communications. CRISIS LEADERSHIP NETWORK.

Uber lays off 3,700 employees, Frontier Airlines’ social distancing fee provokes anger, and Kraft Heinz Canada offers ketchup puzzles

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Hello, communicators: Kraft Heinz Canada is offering Canadian consumers a respite from quarantine boredom with a contest to win one of 57 of its Heinz Ketchup puzzles : View this post on Instagram. Here are today’s top stories: Uber lays off 3,700 employees. CRISIS LEADERSHIP BOARD.

Google employees unionize, WhatsApp hits record numbers, and Epic invests in new NC headquarters

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Good morning, communicators: An 82-year-old man in the U.K. Vaccine rollouts have received heavy scrutiny and criticism, as health care pros have struggled to communicate the logic behind who qualifies for a shot and explain reports of unused vaccines wasting away in storage facilities.

Ford to cut 1,000 jobs, Verizon to hire nearly 1,000 WFH employees, and Twitter rolls out ‘Quote Tweet’ feature

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Hello, communicators: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is returning for a special episode: Now this is a story all about how… the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunites for a one-time special! Ford to cut 1,000 jobs as Verizon hires nearly 1,000 employees.

Best Buy to furlough 51k employees, Carnival chief promises robust comeback, and Google reminds people to wash hands

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Good morning, communicators: Ohio Department of Health relied on the power of visuals in a recent video titled, “ Space Makes Us Safer” : Social distancing works. Here are today’s top stories: Best Buy to furlough 51,000 employees. CRISIS LEADERSHIP BOARD.

Twitter expands COVID-19 policies, Snap reports ad revenue growth, and Lowe’s highlights employees for the NFL Draft

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Also: Email is the preferred channel to communicate with employees during the pandemic, Wendy’s offers free nuggets, takeaways from the Ragan community, and more. Why it matters: Scams, false information and exaggerated claims are continuing to increase during the crisis.

Hasbro and Scrabble association ban slurs, United Airlines might lay off up to 36,000 employees, and 51% of PR pros are burned out

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Hello, communicators: The social media manager behind Potbelly Sandwich Shop recently tweeted a reminder to digitally detox: stop checking email set slack to away ignore your phone. CRISIS LEADERSHIP BOARD. United is also cutting about a third of management and administrative employees.

Tyson fires employees involved in COVID-19 ‘betting pool,’ Burger King turns Instagram over to competitors, and Twitch bans derogatory lingo

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Also: Blue Apron and Disney+ provide socially-distanced ‘dinner and a movie,’ GroupM forecasts e-commerce success in 2021, holiday gifts for communicators, and more. Here are today’s top stories: Tyson fires employees involved in COVID-19 ‘betting pool’. CRISIS LEADERSHIP NETWORK.

Spotify and LinkedIn to launch social audio apps, YouTube refuses employee request to remove rap song with anti-Asian lyrics, and Netflix touts plan for net-zero carbon footprint

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Hello, Communicators: Just days after the conclusion of its multi-year internal investigation into its ‘Dieselgate’ emissions scandal, Volkswagen announced a campaign that will rebrand the embattled automaker as “Voltswagen” to emphasize its renewed focus on electric vehicles.

Apple CEO Tim Cook defends privacy updates, U.S. adults use YouTube in record numbers, and Lululemon counters employee claims of ‘toxic positivity’ in workplace

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Hello, communicators: U.S. Communicators, take note to partner with your legal teams on an appropriate action regarding vaccine IDs that is specific to your industry and the needs of your stakeholders. CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS. CRISIS LEADERSHIP NETWORK. Also: U.S.

How to turn virtual teams into real communities

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For leaders of remote employees, it’s crucial to take extra steps to build connections over a variety of channels. RELATED: Join Ragan's Communications Leadership Council, exclusively for leaders in employee and internal communications ].

How to ensure you capture meaningful data to inform your crisis response

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Here are some tips and tools to help you measure your crisis comms efforts and use data to drive important decisions. When a crisis hits, and you don’t have a measurement strategy in place, you’re going to have a hard time capturing accurate, actionable information.

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Employee emails worsen Boeing’s reputation, Taco Bell offers $100K salaries, and Carnival bans offensive clothing

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Communicators looking to hone their skills might enjoy the “resolution suites” aimed at expanding your network, building a business or cultivating photography skills that can boost your social media content. That’s another big reason employees stay (or leave) organizations.

WeWork to lay off 2,000, Deloitte marketing report reveals ‘experience debt,’ and LinkedIn debuts employee engagement features

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Here are today’s top stories: WeWork to lay off 2,000 employees. Adding to the startup’s woes is news that its employees are complaining of a toxic work environment as well as the announcement that WeWork shuttered 2,300 phone booths across its locations in the United States and Canada because of high levels of formaldehyde. Why it matters: Layoffs accompanied by news of an adverse work environment are a recipe for a deepening reputational crisis.

Cirque du Soleil cuts 3,000 jobs in bankruptcy filing, Target and Chobani join social media ad boycott, and Amazon offers $500M in employee bonuses

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Hello, communicators: The cast of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” recently attempted to make over the popular mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers, Gritty. The remaining 259 employees will remain with the company to perform “basic operations” such as planning future shows and selling tickets.

Enabling purpose-driven culture during the COVID-19 pandemic

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responded to the demands of a global pandemic and ensured that employees were able to give back to their communities. I work as the communications, events and CSR lead for our company in the U.S., Here is what we did: Communicating to stakeholders. Here’s how Astellas U.S.

5 tips for video storytelling after natural disasters

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Editor’s note: This story is taken from Ragan Communications’ distance-learning portal Ragan Training. What were Con Edison utility communicators, however, doing in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria in 2017? RELATED: Learn how to prepare, defend and promote your organization during a crisis. ]. Know the elements of storytelling. Some of Con Edison’s stories didn’t even feature employees, instead focusing on those they helped.).