Ahhh…..Holiday Traditions

Our Thanksgiving was amazing and as our annual tradition, we each create a dish that we have never made before. This gets harder and hard each year because I love cooking new things! The following day, they got up early to begin the décor and picking a tree. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we have illuminated our home with the lights and fresh pine wreaths with scarlet red bows and jingling bells. Our house is at the end of our road called Happy Lane. Never has the name of a road been so true as it is during the holidays. People come down just to see the decorations!

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So, Why Do I work at Kissito Healthcare??

I recently graduated from Virginia Tech with two Bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. I am a very motivated and driven person as I was on various organizations and committees. I was Treasurer of my Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and heavily involved with our Student Government Association as the Co-chair to Undergraduate Academic Policies and Planning Committee, Chair of Red Cross Donor Planning Committee and totally unrelated to anything, I was a Student General Manager and liaison between departments for the Department of Housing and Dining Services (Which ranked number in the country for 2008-might I add!) Also, I jokingly state that I am a professional intern. I have worked with numerous professors in both academic departments and successfully completed two independent studies that were utilized in the basis of my professors’ research. I state all of this because by nature I am a researcher, planner, and thinker. So, why did I decide to apply for the Management Internship here at Kissito.

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Thankful

This is a poem that I wrote when I was 10 years old. When I look back on it, I find so much peace and wisdom in such contradictory verse and see how we must be thankful for it all. Not live in fear, renew-mind control and just be.

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Vital Internal Communication Strategies

Internal communications is considered a vital tool for building an organization, enhancing employee morale, promoting transparency and reducing turnover. Ironically, while everybody understands and talks about the significance of internal communication, very few are able to manage it efficiently. Both the long-term and short-term fallout of ineffective internal communication can be damaging for an organization. It can start from the spread of rumors to disillusionment among employees to a gradual destruction of the company’s brand image. Worse, it may also lead to the slow death of the organization. However, few organizations address internal communications. Determining what should be communicated to staff, when it should be communicated, and how it should be communicated is often left up to the decisions of individuals made when there seems to be a need. In other words internal communication strategies are developed, reactively, when there is a crisis or major event that clearly requires addressing communication issues. Where communication is planned out, it is often around upheavals like major corporate or organization change, layoffs and downsizing, and technological change. However, once the initiating focus has been eliminated, communication tends to go back to an unorganized incoherent process. It is a wonder why this occurs (Chaos Theory), but there is no question that strategic internal communication planning can be a proactive approach to building a better, more directed and efficient workforce. It is well-known that the root cause of most internal problems being faced by a company often stems from ineffective communication.  It is therefore necessary to identify the best possible methods to reach your message to the target audience—in this case, your employees.  Here are some possible  ways:

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