Christmas is a time of year which forces us to be more organised. From present wish lists to food shopping lists, we’re busy organising our time, resources and social life in the run-up to 25 December.
It struck us here at TalkFreely that the hard way to do employee communication often mirrors the way we try and get ourselves organised at Christmas! Here’s the way we illustrate the hard way to do employee communication.
Top of the diagram is what everybody wants for Christmas – ideas. Ideas for presents, recipes, where to have the office Xmas drinks, exciting things to do on Boxing Day, ways to travel when the UK public transport system shuts down, etc. Most people within your family and social circle will have their own ideas, but short of contacting everyone individually, how can you pool ideas efficiently and effectively?
Conversations inevitably arise from ideas. If nobody wants turkey (again) for Christmas dinner, what do they want? Talking through the options keeps everyone involved. However, if these conversations are always one to one, there is a danger of misinterpretation when the information gets passed onwards.
Many families (ands companies) consider the solution to organising events is to push information out to everyone. For example, you might email everyone three menus from local pubs “for your info”. It’s a good way to share a resource, but without a central point where people can comment (and tell you they are allergic to 90% of the menu, for example), supplying information alone will not actually help people choose the pub.
Polls and Surveys
Which brings us neatly to polls. This is a great way to ask people what they think within defined parameters. “Here are the three pub menus. Rate them in order of preference.” Nice, easy and straightforward. However, you need to devise a quick and easy way to collate responses from twenty people without resorting to a complex matrix, spreadsheet or an sneaky glass of prosecco.
Once you have identified the most popular pub menu, how do you disseminate that information to various members of the family or social group, when they all communicate in different ways? The younger generation SnapChat, the parents email or message within Facebook, and the grandparents like Messages on their iPad or better still, a nice telephone call lasting at least 30 minutes. And that’s before anyone has any questions, or wants to message one sub-group.
Central point of information
Inevitably, someone ends up as the ‘hub’, the person everyone communicates with to know what’s happening. Come Christmas Day, they are that exhausted person slumped in the corner sipping a lemonade because nobody remembered to organise a lift home for Auntie Joan and someone has to stay sober to drive her.
Not just for Christmas
It’s easy to see the analogies with organising Christmas with the year-round requirements of a business in terms of efficient, effective communications. TalkFreely becomes that hub person, a system that never tires of being the source of knowledge, helping others be more organised or disseminating information, from maps to post-Christmas photos.
Make someone h-appy
Being cloud-based, TalkFreely is always available . As an app, it can be accessed on any type of connected device, be it phone, tablet, desktop or laptop. It’s fast, secure and easy to use, and most importantly, is used by everyone in your organisation as the ‘go to’ source for information, communication and results. It is competitively priced, and can grow with you as your business expands from medium scale to larger enterprise.
TalkFreely is also a 100% British solution, developed and supported by a dedicated team based in Liss, Hampshire. So you won’t need Santa’s timezone hopping capabilities to get the support you need during UK working hours.
Ban the Brussels
One more point in its favour; TalkFreely is 100% sprout-free.
Your free Christmas present from TalkFreely
Why not sign up for a free trial or web demo, and see how TalkFreely can put efficient, effective and engaging employee communication at the heart of your business.
Have a very Merry Christmas, from all of us at TalkFreely.