Three IABC Fellows — Priya Bates, Jim Shaffer, and Angela Sinickas — join host (and Fellow) Shel Holtz to discuss the role communications can (and does) play in building employee engagement. The panel addressed audience questions submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #COF12.
Links to resources mentioned in this episode:
- 69% of supervisors are uncomfortable communicating with their employees (Harvard Business Review)
- Frontline employees, HR, and leadership each think they drive culture (and they have different ideas about the most important drivers of culture) (FastCompany)
- How engagement drives growth (Gallup)
- How effective communication affects employee perceptions (Harris Poll)
About the panel:
Priya Bates is a senior communication executive who provides strategic internal communication counsel in order to ensure leaders, managers, and employees understand the strategy, believe in the vision, act in accordance to the values, and contribute to business results. She is president of Inner Strength Communications in Toronto, and previously served as senior director of Internal Communications at Loblaw Companies Limited.
Jim Shaffer is a business advisor, leadership coach, author, speaker. As leader of the Jim Shaffer Group, he helps organizations accelerate results through superior strategy execution. The Jim Shaffer Group creates hard business results by translating the business strategy to the people who need to implement it, aligning systems, processes, and culture to make the gains sustainable.
Angela Sinickas is the founder of Sinickas Communications, which has worked with companies, organizations and governments in 32 countries on six continents. Her clients include 25% of the Forbes Top 100 largest global companies. Before starting her own consulting firm, she held positions from editor to vice president in for-profit and government organizations, and worked as a senior consultant and practice leader at Hewitt and Mercer. She is author of a manual, How to Measure Your Communication Programs (now in its third edition),and chapters in several books. Her 50+ articles in professional journals can be found on her website,www.sinicom.com. Her work has been recognized with 20 international-level Gold Quill Awards from IABC, plus her firm was named IABC Boutique Agency of the Year in 2015. She holds a BS degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Leadership from Northeastern University.