Four Signs Your Bulletin Board is Broken


When you’re tasked with communicating with a busy workforce, time is of the essence. When there’s only one of you, and many of them, it’s paramount that effective communication strategies are employed by your human resources office.

If you are still expecting your workforce to engage with a cluttered bulletin board, we suspect this decision is at the center of your communications crisis.

So often we hear from businesses, “We’ve always done it this way. Why do we need to change?”

The short answer is: the world changed and we all have to change with it.

In this case, what you’ve always done will only get diminishing results. Paper and static signage just simply isn’t effective any longer, especially when it comes to mass communication

Here are four ways to tell if your office needs to retire the bulletin board:

1. You find yourself saying, “Well, if people would just read…”

If you’re feeling frustrated to the point of passive aggression, there’s a problem. Effective communications strategies result in positive, not negative, emotions.

2. You think you’ve communicated something, but no one else seems to know what’s going on.

Are you frustrated that no one seems to be paying attention? Have you spent time putting up signs and sending out memos, and still – no one is clear? You shouldn’t feel that way.

3. You watch people walk right past your bulletin board without glancing at it.

Observe the behavior of your team, without judgment. If they aren’t stopping to read the signage you’ve posted, that means that they’ve made a decision that what is there isn’t vital to their day-to-day, takes too much time to figure out, or is the same as the last time they saw it.

4. You’re spending too much time repeating yourself.

You only have so many hours in the week, so if you’re spending those hours repeating yourself in order to communicate, your business is losing money and you will only feel more stagnant in your job.

If these pain points describe you, we’re here to tell you there’s a better way. We believe that communication doesn’t have to be hard in a business, and we have some great solutions to help solve your communication problem. Click the button to download our free Human Resources Guide to Communication – our gift to you:
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Colleen Cook

Colleen Cook

Colleen Cook works full-time as the Director of Operations at Vinyl Marketing in Ashland, Ohio, where she resides with her husband Mike and three young daughters. She's an insatiable extrovert who enjoys finding reasons to gather people.