5 ways the National Park Service reaches far-flung staffers

Think you’ve got it rough reaching your branch offices or factory workers? Try dealing with employees out in the boonies beyond the reach of cellphone service.

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You think you’ve got a dispersed workforce? Try dealing with thousands of sunburnt, Smokey Bear-hatted outdoor buffs scattered across some of the most remote wildernesses in the United States.

That’s what Suki Baz faced in launching the first-ever internal communications team at the National Park Service, many of whose 24,000 employees work in places without cellphone service.

So how does an internal communicator break through to folks out slogging through Alaska snowdrifts or leading sky-watch lectures in the Utah badlands? Smoke signals? Tom-toms? Carrier pigeons?

Turns out that Park Service employees aren’t so different from the rest of us. In the Ragan Training video, “Practical tips to connect and engage with a dispersed workforce,” Baz offers ideas for communicating with far-flung employees.

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