On April 20th I'll be delivering a luncheon talk at Vancouver's Steamworks Brewing Company on Communicating With Employees in Hard Times. It's part of the Vancouver Sun/IABC Speaker Series and the idea is to share some lessons I've learned from past downturns and "show how old-school tactics can be paired with new age tools to help organizations get through the recession and emerge with a workforce that's stronger and more committed than ever."
I've got my own war stories, at least one of which I'll be telling in an upcoming blog post, but I invite you to share yours in the comments below.
I'm also looking for examples of how companies are using social media tools to help employees participate in cost-cutting and efficiency improvement efforts -- or simply to help maintain morale as we go through the big downturn. What are internal communicators doing these days other than fighting for their own survival?