Finding articles and content can be frustrating and anxiety provoking, especially if you have other things to do with your time. Have a formula to help you finesse’ this chore can help. I have been there! Here’s the ticket: Getting employee newsletter ideas and employee newsletter topics requires knowing what types or problems and issues affect your employees.
Keep the list of 12 newsletter topics shown below. Periodically, think “what is affecting the workforce right now.” Drop post-it notes in a box as ideas come to you. You can further divide each of the following issues into other problem sub-sets. Try to make about 6-7 sub-set categories under each main topic.
Here are the key subject areas that I have discovered most things fall under in the ten years that I have been writing employee newsletters for major corporations and small businesses. This list is “Dave Letterman Style”. Again, there are 12 topics in this list. Print or copy it for your use. Then google:
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12. Workplace communication: conflict, personality issues, dealing with difficult people, attitude problems, issues, and “ulterior motives”, etc.
11. Worker productivity tips: time management, organization, setting priorities, procrastination, etc.
10. Family, home, and community issues: Consumer issues, teenager issues, family stress, marital and couples harmony, resolving conflicts, work-life balance, ADHD issues, etc.
9. Personal fitness and emotional wellness: Exercise tips, getting more energy, depression, emotional wellness, nutrition.
8. Personal effectiveness and goal achievement: planning your career, getting more done, planning for retirement, New Year resolutions, managing money.
7. Team building: Tips on better meetings, reducing conflict, improving communication, about cohesiveness, being a team player, etc.
6. Improving relationships with your supervisor: communication, knowing what your supervisor wants, completing assignments all the way, making an impression, how to “read between the lines”
5. Hot productivity and health topics: health issues in the news, ideas, and more
4. Stress management: ongoing tips, avoiding burnout, self-assessment, work-life balance, work-family balance, self-talk management.
3. Using the Employee Assistance Program (EAP): EAP education, confidentiality, what EAPs do, when to use your EAP. EAPs are powerful management tools that have extraordinary capability for reducing monstrous behavioral risks in the typical organization–but only if they are properly implemented.
2. Workplace safety tips and injury prevention: Avoiding short-cuts, injury prevention, thinking safety, building a culture of safety, more ways to think about safety
1. Customer service issues: attitudes, difficult customers, peak performance, staying positive, keeping customers happy, reducing your own stress.
It’s important to ensure that your employee newsletter makes mention of your company’s EAP or Employee Assistance Program. Your EAP is a huge risk management tool, not just an employee benefit per se. An employee newsletter can be a huge channel of referrals for it. And, let me just say, you never know when the potentially violent employee will self-refer.
If you have been assigned the grueling task of producing an employee newsletter monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly, you will eventually come to hate your job without having some tricks up your sleeve and the topics above will help you tremendously.
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