“Words on the Wall” are worse than no values statements at all

Misaligned Values

The current state of employee engagement isn’t pretty. According to Gallup, only 33% of employees are engaged with their jobs (that is, poised to deliver discretionary effort to help the company succeed).

Engagement isn’t everything, of course; other employee-related factors drive business results, from job satisfaction to a sense of purpose. But there’s a problem there, too. Gallup’s research indicates that “just four in 10 employees worldwide strongly agree that the mission or purpose of their company makes them feel their job is important. And less than half of workers in any industry feel strongly connected to their company’s… Read More »

Friday Wrap #186: Bank ethics, AI messaging, live-streamed debates, declining Twitter spends, & more

Friday Wrap #186I extract items for the Friday Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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Facebook overestimated video viewing times—The average time Facebook has told advertisers people spent watching videos was seriously overestimated for the last two years. The excessive figure resulted from only counting videos seen for three or more seconds and didn’t factor in shorter views. “The miscalculation likely led to an overestimated viewing time of 60 to 80%,” according to C|Net, and may well have led advertisers to spend more than they otherwise would… Read More »

Friday Wrap #185: Webcam security, Yelp’s safe harbor, fighting fake stories, & Twitter news galore

Friday Wrap #185I extract items for the Friday Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing. This week, an unusual amount of Twitter news crossed my feeds, so I stuffed it all in a dedicated Twitter section.

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FBI’s advice: Tape over your webcam—Straight from FBI Director James Comey: It’s just common sense to cover up your webcam. Comey took some ridicule for admitting he does it, but he noted that most government workers do it so “people who don’t have authority don’t look at you.” The takeaway: Mock away, but if you value your privacy, you’ll pay… Read More »

Shrink-Wrap #10: Throwing employees under the stagecoach

I was planning to skip a video this week because I’m on the road, but reading the Wall Street Journal article about Wells Fargo’s CEO throwing his employees under the bus…er…stagecoach led me to produce this quick Shrink-Wrap. Please share your thoughts about what an internal communications department could possibly do under these circumstances.

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Friday Wrap #184: VR film wins an Emmy, hashtags come to LinkedIn, Twitter use falls, Gen Z research

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ExxonMobil still reeling from climate revelations—Investigations by the Los Angeles Times and InsideClimate News found that ExxonMobil’s scientists had concluded in the 1970s that “the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing global climate change is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels.” Once leadership was informed of the findings, according to the investigations, they worked hard to bury them. The PR impact might not have been… Read More »

Friday Wrap #183: Barbie the pitchdoll, Kaepernick’s sponsors, Facebook’s Trending misstep, and more

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Pity Colin Kaepernick’s sponsors—As a starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick amassed the usual group of brands hungry for his endorsement. Now that he’s at the center of a controversy, they face a dilemma. Keep him as a spokesperson and you risk the ire of those who disagree (often vehemently) with his decision to remain seated during the National Anthem at games as a protest against treatment of African Americans. Boot him as a spokesperson and you risk alienating… Read More »

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