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Making your photos matter

In an increasingly visual world, the images you share can have a real impact on the people around you. Our Head of Photography, Alan Barton, explains…
…It’s World Photography Day on 19 August and the event’s focus (no pun intended) is on inspiring positive global change and connecting people through photography.

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Creating a great work environment

Is your office space exciting? Does it promote your company values or reflect your brand? How do your employees feel within this space?

Here are five things to consider about EBD that help to create an engaging workspace…

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Making meetings matter

Over the years, the humble meeting has gotten something of a bad reputation.

Days of back to back meetings, and meetings that discuss other meetings (the joys!), mean that people can find them painful, sometimes egotistical, and often, a waste of time.

It’s a shame, because bringing people together and allowing conversation to flow is an amazing communication tool.

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Men’s talk

It’s Men’s Health Week, a reminder that the health problems faced by men are not just physical, but mental too.
It’s widely recognised that men find it especially difficult to discuss their mental health, with many people suffering and going undiagnosed. The good news is that times are changing, both in the workplace and socially.

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Eurovision blues: Why vanilla is no longer an option…

As we know, we came last (again)! In the post-Eurovision analysis, what can we learn about our dismal showing in this pan-European musical camp fest?

Was it really a two-fingered salute from our European buddies, tired of our Brexit shenanigans? Opinion seems divided on this.

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The art of comic books

Superhero storytellling On the face of it, entering awards can cost both time and money, so it’s easy to talk yourself out of it. But in reality, entering – and winning – awards is great for business on many levels. Here’s why it’s more than just an accolade. Measure...

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Address your stress

“Oh, this is really stressing me out!”

We’ve all said it, but do we really know what it means?

More than 20% of us have called in sick because of workplace stress and less than half of UK employers feel they have the tools to improve staff wellbeing. Stress can be costly…

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Spring clean your communications

Spring is just around the corner and Mother Nature is bursting back into life. With lighter, warmer days ahead, many of us are thinking about making a fresh start, from brushing away the cobwebs at home, to starting a new exercise regime…

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Why entering awards is good for business

So much more than a pat on the back. On the face of it, entering awards can cost both time and money, so it’s easy to talk yourself out of it. But in reality, entering – and winning – awards is great for business on many levels. Here’s why it’s more than just an...

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Balance for better – IWD at work, and every day.

2019 has already been a great year for women at work. Take Olivia Colman’s Oscar winning speech, or Emma Thompson’s open letter to Skydance studios, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s takedown of US campaign finance laws.

But there’s still plenty of work to be done…

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The art of kindness

Kindness. It’s a small word, but kindness can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of people around us.

So much so that 17th February has been officially designated Random Acts of Kindness Day…

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The creative power of character communication

Most people will recognise the above quote… from a computer animated, plastic toy named Buzz Lightyear. Buzz and his ragtag gang of toys have entertained and delighted us since Pixar created them way back in 1995…

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Banish the blues

Don't worry, be happy   Brighten up your 'Blue Monday' with our get-up-and-go guide Feeling blue? You’re not the only one! The post-Christmas lull, unpaid credit card bills, broken New Year’s resolutions and cold dark nights can all add up to a collective feeling of...

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2019 – A look ahead

Looking ahead at 2019   We’ve taken a trip into the mystical realms to predict the internal communications trends of 2019.   Here at W&P, our gifted futurologists have been consulting the Oracle, reading the astrological Internal Communications and Employee...

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2018 Round Up

Looking back on a wonderful 2018   As we head to the Christmas break and thoughts turn to days of overindulgence, presents under the tree and spending precious time with family and friends, it’s got us in a reflective mood.   As a year, 2018 has been a fine...

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A picture of engagement

Capturing the employee experience   Photography isn’t just about taking pictures; it’s about engagement and experience, says our Head of Photography Alan Barton.   I know that's an odd thing to say when 95 million photos and videos a day are uploaded to...

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Lots of noise but why the IC silence on Brexit?   Let’s talk about Brexit. Ok, we know, we’re all fed up to the back teeth with Brexit. But why is it no one is really talking to their people about it? This year started with a flurry of fresh strategic messaging...

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Making space for difference

Think you have the measure of diversity and inclusion? Step back and take a broader view.People have the capacity to amaze – to floor you with their courage, resilience and humility.   For me, it's the single most enthralling part of being a writer and internal...

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Classic lessons in creepy communication…

Halloween is upon us, and so it’s time for a dubiously crafted comparison between horror films and internal communications  OK, I know there's loads of stuff that likens IC to zombie apocalypses, Star Wars and other film genres, but hear me out. Before I start though,...

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World Values Day

Your values are more than just words, they have the power to attract, inspire and engage It’s World Values Day today, so we’re looking at what values are, and their impact, both internally and externally.What are values? Individual values refer to the beliefs we hold...

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World Mental Health Day

Creating a great employee experience means reviewing every aspect of the workplace, including how you support wellbeing and mental health Let's start with the facts   are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK. That’s a cost to employers of...

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What a week

Two wonderful wins, a shiny new website, all against the backdrop of 25 years of Words&Pictures We’re not ones to blow our own trumpet usually, but we’ve had a winning week, and we can’t help but shout about it.   IoIC National Awards - Best Agency At the...

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