First of all I would like to compliment Mark and Mike for this very valuable website, podcasts and articles. This is the first time I can self develop with rapid and visible results.
My company is a young (5 years) and rapid growing company. My department has less than one year and has grown fast (from 5 persons to 14 in the last 4 months). The majority of the employees at all levels of my company wonder what my department does because we are so many from their point of view. They cannot imagine with what we are busy all day. My team and I do communicate about what we do during lunch, on the floor and on wiki (almost nobody uses it) and this is not enough, many persons keep on asking what do we do in our department. Other departments have the same issue within my company but don't do anything about it because they say they have no time.
I have the idea as director of business development of inviting all the employees via email (there are 250 employees in total I don't think they will all come along, I expect 40) to a department event in conference room and inform in an easy and friendly way what we do and our role within the company.
Does this idea make sense?
My boss is the CSO (chief sales officer) of the company who reports directly to our CEO. He does not communicate much on what my department does but support my idea of organizing an information event.
Do you have any tip on internal communication regarding fast growing department in a fast growing company?
I suppose many fast growing companies have to face the same issue and that many employees wonder "what do all these new employees do?"
I would appreciate very much if you could provide me with an answer on this issue. Thank you in advance.