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Acronym busters are a compilation of all the acronyms used by the organisation to ensure their meaning is clear for employees. Acronyms are part of the daily language of business. Acronym busters help foster improved employee understanding.

Annual reports are the yearly reviews produced by publicly listed companies at the close of their fiscal year. They generally include statements about the organisation’s operational achievements, its earnings, disbursements, assets and liabilities.

Banners are portable, multi-use display stands showing text, images and logos. Some banners are constructed with a combination travel case and floor-stand for maximum portability and ease of use.

Barbecue cards are individual cards packaged in a purpose-made folder. Each card addresses a ‘hot’ issue. The cards summarize the organisation’s response in a simple bullet-point format to provide employees with information they can easily refer to.

Branded goods are merchandise that are marked or labelled with a distinctive organisational logo and/or words. There is a wide variety of goods that can be branded for employee communication purposes.

Briefing kits are a collection of resources that equip leaders with information, materials and key messages to communicate major organisational change programs. Leaders tailor the content to meet their employees’ specific communication needs.

Brochures are documents with relatively few pages, usually DL (Dimension Lengthwise) or A4 size. This tactic is an economical way of communicating a relatively large amount of information in a concise format on a specific topic, e.g. Code of Conduct.

Calendars list the days of each week and month in a year, usually in a tabular format. They also highlight important dates such as culturally significant days, anniversaries, and public and school holidays.

Company profiles /fact sheets provide background information about an organisation in a convenient, easy-to-read format for informational or ready-reference purposes.They can be produced as stand-alone print publications or posted on the intranet.

Competitions encourage employees to participate in some form of activity that seeks to find the best solution for a particular challenge. Competitions pitch individuals or teams against each other with the incentive of winning a prize.

Displays are information stands or information booths that showcase products, technologies, divisions, services or initiatives to raise employee awareness and understanding.Displays can be an innovative and interactive way to impart information.

Employee annual reports provide information to employees about the organisation’s activities and achievements during the past year, and prospects for the year ahead. They are generally produced in conjunction with the annual report.

Employee handbooks, also referred to as employee manuals or staff handbooks, articulate what an employee can expect from the organisation, and what the organisation expects from an employee.

Flyers are an effective tactic for conveying information on a single, specific topic, such as a new product or service, a sponsorship initiative or event, etc. Flyers might also include a list of supplementary sources of information or a summary.

The application of Gift Boxes as a tactic lies in using these ‘gifts’ to embody or represent aspects of key corporate messages. For example, a set of creative games might be included in a gift box to reinforce ‘Creativity’ as a core value.

A glossary lists words, terms, phrases and acronyms commonly used in an organisation. Its purpose is to create shared understanding across all locations, levels and job functions to improve the effectiveness of an organisation’s communication.

A jigsaw puzzle is a composite of oddly shaped, interlocking pieces of cardboard. Each piece of a jigsaw puzzle has part of a complete picture on it. When all the parts are put together in the correct arrangement, they form a whole image.

A job description captures the essence of a role: what an employee does and how that contributes to the organisation. This is articulated through the job purpose and core accountabilities, the two cornerstones of a job description.

The leader’s communication calendar ensures effective planning, prioritization and timeliness of a leader’s communications. It optimizes use of a leader’s time through ‘smarter’ use of formal and informal communication opportunities.

Letters to employees’ homes are correspondence written and signed by a leader for mailing directly to the home of each employee. Letters to employees’ homes are seen as crossing the line between work and home.