Thursday, May 9, 2019

How-to Tips for Using Your Employee Newsletter to Help Stop Toxic Behaviors

Undoubtedly, you have seen workplace gossip in action, and it is also likely that you have been a victim of it. Gossip makes victims out others who are not in earshot of those who perpetrate it. 

So, can employees be positively influenced to curtail such behaviors with articles you put in your employee newsletter that create change? You bet. And the value of employee newsletters is that such articles, although read privately by the reader, are viewed collectively by the entire workforce. This translates to reinforcement, buzz, talk about the article, and a higher likelihood that coworkers use peer influence to create a more positive and respectful workplace. This community dynamic exists with all of the articles in your employee newsletter or in-house company newsletter. Spend a few minutes thinking about this dynamic and you see instantly the cost-benefit, risk reduction potential that employee workplace wellness newsletters possess. So, change from articles -- yes, absolutely.

Let's give you a free article you can use right now with your own in house publication to you can see the benefits first-hand for yourself.

Gossip is only one of many problems that affect the workplace and which undermine productivity and employee morale.

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If you value a positive workplace where open communication is a tradition that reduces conflict, then you should value a tradition that refrains from gossip. Office gossip corrodes a positive workplace, and here’s why: Gossip produces a chain reaction of secrecy and negativity that erodes trust. As one person shares gossip, the next person to hear it is naturally left inhibited from being open and sharing of themselves in the future because they figure they might be the next victim. Gossip creates a short-lived bond between two people, but it comes at a high cost. Choose optimistic information sharing instead. You’ll be a more enjoyable person with whom to speak, and you’ll bond in a more positive way. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


This content is free for your employee newsletter or the company newsletter you write. Be sure to make your employee newsletter focus on three things during the year: 1) Useful tips for employees in improve their productivity so you can justify the business purpose of your employee newsletter. 2) Also add content articles that employee employees with their lives and personal problems. To get a free pack of information with 30 articles in it, download the zip from the following link: - 3) Also, add content in your newsletter that targets the needs of spouses, teenagers, children, and caregivers.

These three major categories of article content, you have the ability to reach those who will influence the organization's productivity.

Employee Newsletter Article for Your FREE
Ten Tips for Worrying Less about Day Care

Consider making this article a series rather than deliver it in one be feature length article. It will last longer, ease your burden of producing newsletter content, and hold your reader's attention longer.
Parents often struggle with putting their children in day care. Leaving an infant in the care of another person for the first time can be agonizing because parents worry that care workers won’t take care of their child properly. But with a few simple steps, you can help stop worrying about day care.

1. Arrive early or stay late. In the rush to get to and from work, sometimes parents literally after dropping off their children at day care, dash away. You can learn a lot about your child’s caregivers if you arrive a little early or stay a little later when dropping off and picking up your child. Observe the interactions with the teachers, parents and children.

2. Schedule (and keep) regular meetings with your child’s teacher. Communication and parental involvement is key, and regular meetings can help validate what you think are your child’s strengths and weaknesses.

3. Review the day care’s policies annually. It doesn’t hurt to remind yourself about the rules for sick children or other expectations from your day care. Parents are usually informed about policy changes but check periodically to see if there are changes that you missed.

4. Check out the toys. Over time, toys wear out and need to be replaced. Check to make sure nothing is broken. Also determine if there are plentiful age-appropriate toys, such as balls and chewing items for babies, and blocks, puzzles and riding toys for toddlers.

5. Ask for the credentials of any new staff. Your day care should require a criminal and background screenings. High-quality day care centers employ caretakers with some coursework in early childhood education or teaching. Each position should have a job description associated with it.

6. Be aware of immunization policy. With outbreaks of childhood diseases such as whooping cough and measles on the rise, it’s important to know any changes to your day care’s stance on vaccinations. Make sure your child has age-appropriate immunizations and ask periodically if all other children are vaccinated.

7. Count heads. Each state has rules about the ratio of caregivers to children. Count the number of children per teacher and infants per caregiver periodically to make sure your day care is compliant. With staff turnover or illness, you may find that that the center is short of staff. Small group size is important not only to your child’s safety, but her ability to learn.   

8. Check out the playground, especially after a significant weather event. The playground area should be checked daily for broken glass, metal or any debris. Make sure that equipment isn’t damaged and inspect the fence or other barriers for holes or wear.

9. Inspect for cleanliness and good hygiene. Keeping toys, changing tables and hands clean is essential in a day care environment. Notice if workers are wearing gloves and wiping down changing tables. Do they clean toys frequently? Also, be aware of where and how cleaning supplies are stored.

10. Don’t take your day care director’s word for it. Periodically check the center’s annual state inspection to determine if any problems were uncovered. If your day care is accredited, check annually to ensure it has continued to meet or exceed the organization’s standards.

Knowledge is power against worry, so be sure to ask about anything you see out of the ordinary at day care. For more information, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics for more information about how to choose and evaluate day care centers.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

March 2019 -- Intro of March 2019 Articles
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Have a Good Mental Health Day at Work
If you suffer from depression and/or anxiety, you know that their symptoms don’t park themselves at the front door when you arrive at work. They might affect your ...

Gratitude’s Got Science Behind It
The benefits of practicing gratitude have real science behind it. This principle recognizes that how we think and condition ourselves to think produces expectations and plays a significant role in our ...

Tech for To-Do Lists: Try Trello
Most of us use to-do lists, and there are now many to-do list apps to choose from. One is based on tech billionaire Lief Andreesson’s personal method of managing his life. It’s called ..

Giving Feedback that Sticks
Advice about giving feedback often centers on reducing the recipient’s defensiveness, not whether feedback will create change. However, there is a science-based approach for the latter. It’s called “Situation – Behavior – Impact.” You can download a free tool ...

Can We Talk? 
Is there a “right way” or “best approach” for convincing a troubled friend or loved one to get professional counseling? Any approach will include unease, but don’t let the adage “no one accepts help until they’re ready” stop you from giving it a try. Contrary to popular belief...

Feeling Great, But Do You have Prediabetes?
You can feel like a million bucks and still have a serious health condition called prediabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of three adults in the United States has prediabetes. That’s 83 million people. Are you one of them? The good news is that you are not ...

Soft Skills: Maintain a Positive Attitude
Having a positive attitude does not mean you are dismissive of problems and concerns, while others who are pessimistic or downbeat are more mature and realistic in the face of undesirable circumstances. A positive attitude is driven ...

Find Moments for Movement to Stay Fit
Research has shown that sitting at a desk most of the day can take a toll on your health. For this reason, some health experts call long-term sitting “the new smoking.” Stand-up desks and even expensive treadmill-desks have been introduced to ....

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

New Web Site for Employee Newslettters at

The newest Web site to hit the Internet to promote Employee Newsletters, Supervisor Newsletters and the wellness, productivity, and management skills these devices can deliver is called

Each of newsletter products at is also available in Spanish.

A more formal looking corporate health and wellness newsletter called "Work Life Excel" uses the same content as the FrontLine Employee newsletter but it is designed for businesses where management cares a lot about "looks." Unlike the other publications, it is not editable.

You can download free information packages on any of these newsletter products or the publisher will be happy to send you an information package by request from -- email the publisher. and actually use the product free with no bill or invoice. Just phone or email the publisher to say you would like to continue and you will get another 14 months for your first year -- almost a year and half of employee newsletter content sent monthly. has a philosophy about newsletter management, productivity, and impact that they have developed over 27 years. Many newsletter once competitors of these specific products have long since bellied up, but this one site rocks on. is owned by DFA Publishing and Consulting, LLC founded by Dan Feerst, an industrial social worker and veteran EAP provider and nationally known author.

Feerst's newsletter philosophy includes a couple dozen elements, discovered via the school of hard knockes.

1) Two Page Newsletters Deliver More Impact
Grab a calculator and you will discover than a monthly employee newsletter of two pages is 50% more content per year than a quarterly four page newsletter.

The quarterly employee newsletter is a sheepishly infrequent rate of distribution. It's almost an apology. Employees need more and want more personal help for the problem they face at home and at work, but many workforce management professionals have a mistaken idea that "employee already have too much to read" so, giving them less is much better. Hello!? Not personal wellness material. has a few words to say about this dynamic. First, a two-page newsletter properly configured will get read more completely than a four page employee newsletter because the latter takes more time to read, and the opportunity for distraction predicts putting the 4-pager down before that last article is read. Employees gobble through two-page newsletters, but there are a few secrets to making them more effective -- larger titles, shorter copy, and action-oriented content without a lot of filler content. Short copy is more inviting. When employees see long feature articles in a newsletter, the reaction is "I don't have time to read this." The truth however is that visual attractiveness to short articles are more inviting.

2) No Fluff, To-the-Point Content
Newsletter articles with no fluff and with content that quickly gets to the point of the article have more use to employees, tend to be fully read, and don't bore the reader. Employees get more from articles of this type and are likely to return to future issues of the newsletter to continue their relationship with it.

Newsletters that turn off employees with long text, lost of filler words,  and little new information are not just left unread....they are refused in future issues.

The newsletter is rejected by a silent majority who don't read it. This syndrome is the last thing you want to have happen to your company newsletter.

To make your newsletter articles exciting author them without discrimination as to word content. Then as a matter of practice chop them down to 135 to 235 words.

Most of my articles run about these lengths. Some at 80 words, one usually at 250, but the rest are around 125 words or so. You will be surprised how much can be conveyed in an article of this length.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Using a Company or Wellness Newsletter to Increase Awareness About Binge Drinking

I think it is a smart idea to include information about alcohol abuse in your company's
binge drinking is a bigger problem than many companies understand.
workplace wellness and productivity newsletter (WWPN.)

A recent study found that binge drinking is not just a problem with the college-aged crowd. It’s more common among all adults than anyone thought. Beyond your company newsletter, don't be shy about actually educating employees or even making it mandatory to have employees attend an education class about this problem. You can find an "Avoid Alcohol Abuse and Binge Drinking Awareness Program" here.

Although daily drinking has long been the perception of someone struggling with alcohol, we should expand our scope to weekend warriors who consume booze quickly on their days off.

One in six Americans, according to the new study, participate in binge drinking once a week, while one in five claimed binges over the past year. The research also found that binge drinkers are consuming a lot more alcohol than previously thought, with an estimated 470 drinks per year per binge drinker! Weekly binge drinkers were found to average seven drinks per drinking session.

Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks in a two-hour period for men and four drinks for women. The new research affirmed what we will believe, the biggest age group who binge drink is people between the ages of 18 and 34. However, more than half of binge drinkers are over 35. Education and income level also is a factor, with less educated and lower-income drinkers reporting more drinks consumed.

Another concern is that the research used self-reporting data. People tend to under-report during self-reporting, creating a likely chance that most binge drinkers hit the sauce even harder. Four out of five drinks were reported to have been consumed by men, but researchers believe that women under-reported their drinking and that men tend to drink more.

Researchers say that half of the 88,000 deaths reported in the U.S. related to alcohol can be linked to binge drinking. In addition to accidents, binge drinkers die of liver and heart disease, as well as cancer, all conditions linked to alcohol abuse.

Managers with DOT supervisor training and reasonable suspicion training need to understand the long-term problems associated with binge drinking and encourage their organization to include measures to detect it.

Although employees may not drink at work, the health consequences can be detrimental to both the worker and your organization.

Frequent alcohol education can help. Strategies to help employees slow down their drinking can be helpful. Workers need to know that it’s important to drink on a full stomach and stay hydrated. They can do this by drinking alcohol with water or soda.

Drinkers may believe that energy drink mixer help negate alcohol’s effects, but what it does is mask them, allowing the drinker to consume even more booze. Workers should consider not drinking alcohol with energy drinks. has other drug and alcohol awareness programs as well. You will find much more at our drug and alcohol training department online.
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Helping Employee Manage Stress Using Your Employee Newsletter

Do you refer to your internal communication organ as a company newsletter, wellness newsletter, company newsletter, staff newsletter?

It doesn't make much difference, but the most critical goal of having such a publication is
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getting it read. Unfortunately, company news won't do it. But, of course, your own news its crucial to the entire goal.

To get your newsletter read, be sure to regularly include stress management tips and goal achievement articles for employees to read. Stress management, I would like to argue is less important than personal goal achievement.

Employees want to have less stress, but not many employees want to work at it. They just want it to go away. Techniques and tactics to help manage stress are fantastic for newsletters. Be sure to have them. But some approaches to managing stress can be perceived as work to employees, and this can undermine your newsletter.

In my experience, tips for achieving goals are for more delicious, fun, exciting, and satisfy the craving employees have to improve their lives and be happier. Here is one such article:

Feel free to use this article in your newsletter, but see this video to learn more about FrontLine Employee Newsletter in English or Spanish

Goal Achievement: Don't Break the Chain
Writing a book is considered one of the most difficult challenges by most people, but there are books, Web sites, and clever tactics that help guide would-be authors in how to be successful at it. All have one thing in common: writing a little bit, everyday. This concept is called “not breaking the chain.” It’s a motivational construct that can also help you complete a goal that can easily fall prey to procrastination. Whether it’s finishing the knitting of a sweater or completing a dissertation for a Ph.D., “not breaking the chain” is both a visual prompt and behavioral key to arriving at your goal. This metaphor or cue for action can help you bridge the gap between needing something done that you seriously desire and the lack of feeling motivated to do it—which is the definition of procrastination. Whether it’s spending three minutes working on your goal or a full day, don’t break the chain.

Employees want less stress, but more than that, they want to happier. They want information that will excite them to take action. Make sense?

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Employee Newsletter Articles Teasers for January 2019

We released the January 2019 Issue of FrontLine Employee on December 23rd. I want to join me as a subscriber. Below are the articles we offer in the January 2019 issue of FrontLine Employee. Would like to subscriber this first week in January (new subscribers only) and get 18 months for the price of 12? Go to here: FrontLine Employee. This sale ends Friday. 1-4-19 The fastest way to order and get started with the employee newsletter is phoning me personally at 1-800-626-4327 -- you can also fax this form:

January 2019
Frontline Employee Newsletter
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Enthusiasm Is Contagious
We all want to work around people who are enthusiastic. Like all attitudes—even negative ones—enthusiasm is contagious. Enthusiasm’s ability to buoy others makes it a soft skill valued by employers. You can’t fake enthusiasm. So how do you maintain real enthusiasm when stress ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Online Gambling Addiction
Addiction to online gambling is a growing problem. Research shows it predominantly affects teens and young adults, particularly men. Although online gambling addiction and traditional gambling addiction are similarly diagnosed, the anywhere, anytime, out-of-sight aspect of online gambling via the internet ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Neurodiversity: A Word You Should Know
Neurodiversity refers to differences among employees regarding how they think and process information. Autistic persons and those with ADHD are examples of the neurodiverse. The world of work is rapidly seeking to accommodate and support these employees with broad programs of inclusiveness because of the strong value they  ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Stay Pumped about Your New Year’s Resolution
It’s the ultimate New Year’s resolution challenge—staying motivated. Could a counselor or EAP familiar with motivational interviewing techniques help? Motivational interviewing is a counseling technique that does not direct you, but leads you to find the compelling reasons and the big “why” of your goal or resolution so you feel compelled to act. You also explore the roadblocks  ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Empathy: Happier Customers, Less Stress
Direct customer service is known to be stressful. But there are customer service “tools” (ways of thinking and communicating) that can make this job easier and more rewarding. Upset customers, no matter the cause, have one thing in common: They want the pain to stop. The problem or need, even if unresolvable, always has another part—customer’s anger, agitation, or disappointment. Intervention calls for the skill of empathy. Empathy helps  ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Don’t Fear Criticism in the Workplace
It’s easier to give criticism than to accept it. However, openness to criticism can help advance your career. This is why the “ability to accept criticism” is frequently a part of performance reviews. Make accepting criticism easier by understanding that defensiveness is like a “mental reflex.” It naturally rejects criticism. The key is mastering control over this impulse. Do so by  ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Good for the Heart, Good for the Brain
If you do a lot of sitting and get little physical exercise, you are naturally at risk for cardiovascular disease, especially if you are over 55. New research shows that within six months of participating in a commonsense, aerobic exercise program you will experience improved cognitive functions—meaning better brain health. These include increased attention span, the ability to stay focused, better decision-making, improved working memory, better planning, and the  ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Resolving Relationship Problems at Work
Are you tolerating a difficult workplace relationship? Thorny relationships are often tolerated because switching job functions or leaving is not an option. If this sounds like you, it’s time to discuss your situation with an EAP, counselor, or job coach. People conflicts are the most common complaints of workers, but the fewest for which help is sought. The reason: Thinking it’s hopeless. Numerous strategies exist for  ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Can You Teach Your Employees to Smile with Your Employee Newsletter?

Before you say that I have gone off the deep-end with the suggestion that you should teach your employees to smile, and that you can influence them to do so with an employee newsletter, let's dive into the importance of smiling just a bit.

Do you remember how your grade school teacher or dance instructor shouted, "Smile everyone! SMILE!" during rehearsal? Of course you could not remember to do it very well, but there was a reason for it all.The purpose was to lift the mood of the audience, influence their positive reception, and make your act or dance more attractive and successful. And of course, you completely forgot to smile on performance day! No matter. You got the applause.

Did you know that the ability to smile is a soft skill? This means automatically that there is a business proposition to discuss. Knowing that it is important to smile, when to do it, and with whom and how long is inextricably entwined with emotional intelligence at work.

Employees who have conscious control over the ability to smile on cue, as needed, will have a huge impact on their customers, coworkers, and observant managers. All of this affects the bottom line. How can this be complicated? It sounds like a no-brainer.

On the other hand, employees who do not smile are quickly judged by customers as unfriendly, depressed, less helpful, bored, or angry at the customer or the job they have serving the customer.

It is plain to see that a lack of smiling and along with it, acting pleasant is something we can learn more about and gain an increased awareness for in order to consciously influence others around us.

Imagine the Rockettes of New York fame not smiling or Disney World employees appearing grumpy. Would these businesses be successful today? Probably not.

Research shows a smile is a powerful lever with big returns, even financial ones. You can’t fake a smile for very long, so it must be fueled by a positive disposition, a desire to serve, and a belief in what you are doing.

To smile more often, an absolute must is reading what it will do for you.

Start with You’ll quickly develop a smile-a-lot mind-set. Practice smiling using jokes or happy thoughts as anchors. This gives you leverage to smile more naturally. You’ll soon find yourself smiling more at work.

By the way, ignore the naysayers. You will find contrarian article that discuss not smiling too much because of how you will be seen by others -- naive, annoying, immature, and brown-nosing. Ignore it all. The payoffs for conscious smiling are far greater than the negatives, and you can always go backwards to modify your how and when.

Use the following content in your employee newsletter article:

Imagine the Rockettes not smiling or Disney World employees appearing grumpy. Would these businesses be successful today? Research shows a smile is a powerful lever with big returns, even financial ones. You can’t fake a smile for very long, so it must be fueled by a positive disposition, a desire to serve, and a belief in what you are doing. To smile more often, an absolute must is reading what it will do for you. Start with You’ll quickly develop a smile-a-lot mind-set. Practice smiling using jokes or happy thoughts as anchors. You’ll soon find yourself smiling more at work.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

December 2018 Employee Newsletter Articles for Companies - Click the Button to Download a Starter Kit

Here are the employee newsletter articles for the month of December 2018. Subscribe to FrontLine Employee newsletter here and never have a late newsletter or one that bores employees, and that you can rename, edit, amend, and finally...never have to say, "Yeah, we had a newsletter once a while back but no one could keep up with it."

New Physical Activity Guidelines
The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention has released its updated “Physical Activity
Guidelines for Americans.” Only 26% of men, 19% of women, and 20% of adolescents meet these . . .

Research: Social Media Causes Depression
There has been quite a bit of research on the adverse impacts of social media on well-being. The most recent research focused on Facebook, Instagram, and ...

Avoid Drugged and Drunk Driving
During December 2016, 3,077 people died in vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S. One-fourth were related to drunk driving. The stretch between Christmas and New Year’s is particularly dangerous, with 300 people dying in ...

Dependable Workers Are Valued
The need to be dependable at work is obvious, but there’s a lot to it. All bosses have a feel for how dependable their individual employees are. These workers are prized because supervisors don’t have to ....

Hard-Won Secrets of Outstanding Workers
Some outstanding work habits take decades and hard knocks to learn. Practice these work habits and watch your indispensability grow. 1) Do more than what’s asked. How to do it: When given an assignment. .. 

Healing Relationships with Honest Conversations
When family and couple communication problems are left unaddressed, they get worse. Habits of impatience, interrupting, refusing to listen, and poor empathy—they can all create ...
Free the Clutter that Binds You
Everyone reacts to work space clutter differently. Some employees even report working more effectively around a bit of it. But if that is not you, realize that research exists to explain clutter’s effect ...

Avoiding Overspending on Holiday Gifts
To prevent overspending during the holidays, first decide how much you want to spend. Take time early in the season to create a list of those for whom you ...
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Hard-Won Secrets of Outstanding Workers

Some outstanding work habits take decades and hard knocks to learn. Practice these work habits and watch your indispensability grow. 1) Do more than what’s asked. How to do it: When given an assignment, put yourself in the boss’ shoes. Use empathy. For example, ask, “What will management above my boss additionally want in this report that was not requested?” 2) Avoid more mistakes. How to do it: Don’t ignore the small voice of warning in your head that says, “I better get clarification on…,” “Better check on…,” “I should inform my boss about….” 3) Take action to solve problems others ignore. How to do it: When you spot a problem that needs to be fixed, claim the high ground and create a solution or initiate the process if others are needed to participate. 4) Practice positivity. How to do it: No one feels happy all the time, but make a positive attitude your calling card. It will be remembered more easily than your name will. 5) Systematize and organize. How to do it: Create systems to save time and reduce repeating time-consuming tasks. This frees you for greater productivity, improved energy, and less fatigue. 6) Maintain a neat and orderly work area or office that greets you with a “smile” when you arrive at work. You’ll feel more energetic as you start your day.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Help Employees Make Decisions to Improve Workplace Productivity

Write articles on decision making to help workers, help your company, and increase workplace productivity. You'll discover a ton of content on how to make decisions and no end in your employees' interest in learning more about it. 

Human decision making has been going on for a thousands years. However, wise decision making, although teachable, is still learned by most people through the school of hard knocks.

Over time you learn that decision A is better than decision B, even though at first glance decision B looks like a sure bet. Use this article for your current newsletter.
Make Better Decisions
Don't burned with bad decisions if you can help it. Instead find formulas that get you to right answers quicker. Here is one such formula: Get better outcomes with your decisions using these tried and true tips and techniques: (1) Don’t use all emotion/feelings or pure logic in every decision. Instead, consider whether a blend of emotion and logic is best for the decision facing you. Blending these “tools” often produces more satisfying outcomes. (2) With every decision, consider: Is this my decision to make or someone else’s? Can this decision be made gradually, or must it be made immediately? Who is affected by the decision? (3) Think of alternatives and imagine all the choices by brainstorming, and asking “Where can I find more information so I know all my alternatives?” (4) Ask, “Which alternative best matches my values?” In other words, which choice is consistent with what you believe is important, right, and wrong. (5) Imagine what outcome will ensue from each alternative. (6) Decide and act. Putting off necessary decisions often produces more difficult choices later.

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Download Reproducible Holiday Stress Tip Sheet

Download Reproducible Holiday Stress Tip Sheet: Free holiday stress tip sheet and reproducible handout for workplace wellness, free to distribute, editable, web usable.

Holiday stress and family conflicts are a common concern among employees. They can add to the difficulty of the season. We we decided to create this reproducible and editable tip sheet for workplace wellness.
Holiday Stress Free Tip Sheet to Reproduce and Distribute
We think it hits all the right spots, including thinking ahead and preparing a personal care plan; understanding and responding to triggers; letting go of resentments; practicing mindfulness; having a "go-to-friend" for support if needed; recognizing that no one is alone with this problem or issue; focusing on the fun and valuing loved ones. We also included a special section on the political divide we all only know too well!
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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Free Newsletter Article and a Look at Subscriber's Articles for November 2018

Have you subscribed to FrontLine Employee yet? Do so and I promise your stress concerning newsletters is over and done with. I started FrontLine Employee 19 years ago, and we have published it every month. Did you know that the U.S. Hours of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, State of New York, State of Washington, and universities, EAPs, hospital systems, employee leasing companies, and industrial plants worldwide subscribe to this newsletter?

I hope you enjoy popping into this blog every once in a while for a free article or two. To download a package of information and more free articles, click here on the green box to your right.

Way down below is a free article, but before I list it, I want to give you a quick introduction to the articles sent to subscribers for the month of November. We are getting close to the holidays, so I usually start adding in relevant article topics. That's a good idea, by they way, to get some seasonal kick into your newsletter. You will get more readership that way

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Stress Management Tip for Holiday Family Get-togethers
If relaxing and enjoying your family this holiday season and avoiding difficult family interactions are included in your goals, consider the following tips: 1) Decide on boundaries--types of interactions, and the amount of time you will spend with difficult relatives. What discussion topics will you avoid? What past grievances . . .

Avoid After-hours Job Creep
Work-life balance is critical to health and well-being. A recent study showed that unwinding after work and stepping away from work activities helped participants return their bodies to “pre-strain” and “pre-stress” levels. They also . . . 

New Cautions about Light Drinking
You’ve heard by now that a glass of red wine daily is good for the heart. Well, not so fast. One university just completed an extensive research study on light drinking, and the one drink of red wine a day came up short on helping people ...

Parent Tip: Saying No to Your Teen
Saying no to a teenager (and making it stick) is tough for many parents. Fear of conflict leads to backing away in the face of rebellion. Sound familiar? To make saying no easier, distinguish between house rules and guidelines. Rules are nonnegotiable, like a rule about no drug use. Guidelines are flexible and based on circumstances, like . . . 

Safeguarding Your Sobriety during the Holidays
Risk of relapse can increase for recovering alcoholics between Thanksgiving and the new year because lots of opportunities exist to socialize around alcohol. If you are newly sober and facing the holidays for the first time, relapse need not happen. . .. 

Don’t Touch That IRA!
Withdrawing money from your IRA early in life can pull the plug on your retirement fund. You can irreparably damage it. Enormous leverage exists when an IRA sits undisturbed over time. Perhaps you have heard this lecture before, but if you are young . . .  

How to Be a Visionary Employee
Being visionary at work does not mean seeing the future or even the next revolutionary product or service. It means being aware enough of your role and its importance that you see ways to make it more valuable and how to evolve it. You don’t see the future; you . . .  

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
Impostor syndrome is an unfounded fear of not being deserving of your position or achievements despite your training, capacity, and skills. It often includes fear of others noticing it too. Impostor syndrome is a common experience. Even Albert Einstein reportedly suffered from it. Expect impostor syndrome if you are trained in what you are doing, but simply . . .  
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One-Question Quiz for Alcoholism

In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, try this one-question quiz:
“Have you ever seriously wondered whether you could be an alcoholic
or have an alcohol problem?” The emphasis is on the word “seriously.” Whether your answer is yes or no, make an appointment for a professional assessment. Why? Those without any symptoms of alcoholism never seriously consider this question. Millions of recovering alcoholics and drug addicts have gathered their wisdom over the years in books, resources, self-help groups, and even short quizzes to help those with alcoholism or other drug addictions diagnose themselves. This is one of those quizzes.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

October Articles for FrontLine Employee: Subscribe at Link Below

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~ Learn the Five Steps of Suicide Prevention
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) recommends awareness of the “five steps” to suicide prevention. The research-supported model can reduce the risk that a person in crisis will take his or her life...

~ Think Outside of the Box
You’ve heard the expression “thinking outside of the box.” It’s thinking creatively and solving
Creative person thinking out of the box part of newsletter topic
problems in ways that defy convention. Outside-the-box thinkers see the same information differently from the way their coworkers do. …

~  “Amotivational Syndrome” and Marijuana
Does cannabis use foster apathy and reduced self-efficacy—“amotivational syndrome”? The most thorough study yet examined the cannabis use and behaviors of over 500 college students. Marijuana use, age, gender, race, personality style (extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness, …

~ Anger in the Workplace
If you blow up at disappointments, rage at inconveniences, or bark at others’ mistakes, then you probably recognize your anger management problem. Are you still struggling to get a handle on it? The change you want entails education about anger, self-awareness, and triggers; practicing alternative responses; ….

~ Relationships—the Secret to Happiness
Many articles, books, and speeches have discussed the secret to finding happiness, but there is only one 75-year study that has attempted to pin down the answer. It’s the Grant and Gluek Study, which began in 1934. And it continues today. The project focuses on the lives of two completely different groups of people—a …

~ Are Teenagers Switching to Xanax?
Many teenagers who have been using opioids may be switching to prescription drugs like Xanax, say addiction treatment professionals who specialize in teen substance abuse. The war on street opioids, related overdose fears, and the risk of death when using fentanyl may be influencing the switch. Drugs like Xanax are often plentiful in medicine cabinets of parents and grandparents. ….

~ Stress Tip: Reduce Catastrophic Thinking
Humans worry, but when we focus on the worst-case scenario, it is called catastrophic thinking. It’s worry on steroids. Catastrophic thinking is agitating and exhausting. It can be toxic to your mental health. …

~ Stalking Awareness
Studies show that a woman over the course of her life will have about an 8% chance of being stalked. For men, it’s about 2%. Stalking is unwanted or repeated shadowing, observation, and scrutinizing of another …
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Free Article for Your Employee Newsletter: Cold Weather and Heart Attacks

Cold weather is on its way in the northern hemisphere, and it is a good topic for your employee newsletter because cold weather injuries, seasonal illnesses, and dangerous conditions can affect anyone.

They can also take a toll on the bottom line in companies with workers' comp claims, absenteeism, and forever back injuries. Drug addiction to opioid medication anyone?

Both the U.S. and especially Canada have horrible problems with falls where snow and ice conditions are prominent. And of course, the older you are, the higher the risk of fall injuries no matter what the conditions.

One interesting bit of research about cold weather is that there are more heart attacks. Why? Well, they are not exactly sure, but shoveling snow is not the reason.

Here is an article below for your company newsletter or employee newsletter. Use your mouse to copy it, and feel free to edit or amend the content.

New research presented by the European Society of Cardiology found
Man about to have a heart attack from shoveling snow
Put an article in your company
about cold weather and heart attacks.
that people with high blood pressure are more vulnerable to heart attacks during months of colder weather, or with sudden and significant temperature drops during other times of the year. One suggested theory to explain the phenomenon is the contraction of blood vessels and increased blood pressure experienced by hypertensive patients exposed to colder weather. The recommendation is to dress warmly when going out in the cold weather.

If you have a heart attack, chances are you won’t be sure what’s going on if you don’t know the symptoms. You may then wait too long before seeking help. Usually, heart attacks are accompanied by mild pain and discomfort, not a sudden feeling of having “an elephant on your chest.”  Learn the symptoms of a heart attack and you may save your life, or that of someone you know.

1. An uncomfortable feeling in the chest—pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.

2. Discomfort in other areas of your body—either or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

3. Fatigue—a feeling of physical and mental weariness. You may feel a sudden sense of being ill.

4. Shortness of breath, which women in particular may have without chest discomfort.

5. Breaking out in a cold sweat, indigestion, nausea, or lightheadedness.

Source: American Heart Association

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Holiday Article to Encourage Employees to Reach Out for Help

Employee newsletters should mention coping strategies for dealing holiday stress. Don't be
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fooled though. Many sad and depressed people like the holidays because it offer activity and distraction, although loss may still be an issue that creates stress and sadness during this time of year. Here is a free article for your employee newsletter. Does you company have an EAP or an EAP-like service, then always mention it. This is a risk issue to help you employees who are depressed, suicidal, or at risk for other sorts of problems like alcohol and drug addiction relapse.

Free Article for Your Newsletter

Bracing for Holiday Blues

The holidays are supposed to be a time for joy and celebration – full of wonderful foods, social occasions, religious and spiritual enrichment, or just plain fun. However, many people experience holiday blues. Are you one of them? One common complaint of those who suffer from this form of depression or period of sadness is their awareness of the expectations surrounding the season and their inability or lack of desire in meeting those expectations. Personal health, relationship issues, past losses, isolation, financial circumstances, and pure stress of the season can contribute to these holiday blues. The company employee assistance program or a counseling service in your community can see you temporarily to give you support during this time. Your insurance may help pay for such services. Ask about group counseling support. It's often the best kind because others who seek to conquer similar challenges can often generate powerful solutions with the mastermind effect found in the group work experience. If all else fails, don't suffer in silence. Instead, Google "holiday blues solutions" for a ton of ideas on beating the season's impact on your happiness or mood.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018



TITLE: Fatigue Fighting Food Facts

BODY: There is a lot to know about food and its relationship to the prevention of fatigue. Because chronic fatigue illnesses are common, nutrition research is plentiful. Here are a few key tips if you are looking to fight the “three o’clock energy droop”: 1) Try vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for adrenal gland functioning. Under stress, these glands emit hormones that fight fatigue. Try supplements and natural foods. 2) Drink more water. Fatigue can be an early symptom of dehydration. Drink water periodically during the day, even if you aren’t thirsty. 3) Go easy on the coffee in the morning. It can reduce your desire to eat breakfast. By lunchtime, it could be 18 hours or more since your last meal — definitely an energy zapper. You need most of your calories during the day when you are most active. Appetite suppression can also contribute to overeating at dinner. 4) Snacking in the afternoon is good, but think fruits, vegetables, low-sodium juices, and foods with whole grains. Source: Eat to Beat Fatigue by Joan Slage Blake, M.S., R.D. (

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Mental Illness in the Family: Your Employee Newsletter Can Help

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This post discusses mental illness in the family, how your newsletter for employees can reach out, and tips for how to do it. But the free article for your newsletter is at the very bottom.

Each year millions of Americans are diagnosed with mental illness. And most of them work. Do any work for your company? If you have more than say eight employees, you can bet on it.

Are there employees in your work organization with mentally ill family members? Absolutely. It's probably close to 1 out of 5. Most will keep it a secret, however. That's because there is still a great stigma attached to being mentally ill. And that is not going away any time soon.

Family members commonly feel an overwhelming sense of helplessness and may secretly blame themselves about mentally illness, believing something they did caused the family member’s mental illness. This is especially true of older children and teenagers.

Pre-teens and teenagers are at that confusing time in their lives where they know everything and nothing, act secure but are petrified with worry and guilt. Hormones rage. They are highly susceptible to guilt and suggestion, peer pressure, and mentor influence (a good thing.) They blame themselves for lots of stuff, which is what makes suicidal thinking a significant issue for this age group.

Although small children may be traumatized by mental illness depending on how overt its manifestations are, teenagers are the unaddressed most-guilt-ridden group. Newsletter articles can infiltrate this arena of need.

Since family members are often key to intervention, helping them cope is crucial to helping those with mental illness. Again, use the newsletter to target issues.

Does your company have an employee assistance program? Be sure your employee newsletter guides employees and encourages them to use it. Do so regularly to reduce risk and turnover in your organization.

If your EAP has only a hotline on the back of the insurance card to guide people to an EAP or mental health help, then hold everything, and look for a high-touch EAP in your community to serve your organization. There is one, or phone me and I will locate it for you. This is how you reduce risk in your organization -- from presenteeism to violence. No hotline or managed care referral number will suffice like a "high-touch" EAP with counselors that visit your organization, know your culture, and spot the needs yet addressed.

Employee newsletter articles should be positive. Always put a positive angle on even the worst problems. This is easy to do. Simply focus on the solution after mentioning the problem. Always

Regarding mental illness, encourage family members to be proactive. A good topic to discuss is avoiding the trap of shame and isolation. Push employees  with your newsletter content to reach out for support and a listening ear.

Consider helping your employees with articles that encourage them to avoid the trap of overprotecting a family member from the stigma of mental illness.

Alcoholism is not mental illness, but it has the same dynamic of protection and cover-up and affects 1 our of four families. Tell employees in news articles that the stigma of mental illness is fast disappearing, and new medications for mental disorders are continually being researched. It's true.

Be hopeful and realistic. Many people with mental illness and multiple hospitalizations are capable of holding full-time, responsible jobs with the aid of proper medication and support. 

Don’t ignore the needs of children with your newsletter articles. They may not read it of course, but parents do.

Although mental illness should not be the focal point of a family's life, share information with them that can reduce their fear and anxiety. 

Understand patient responsibility in recovery. A key principal in mental health treatment is patients taking personal responsibility for managing their illness. Help employees not become enablers that undermine this important principle. This includes medication compliance. Family members often unwittingly undermine this dynamic by doing too much "taking care of." Often this is out of guilt.

Encourage care-giving employees to take care of themselves. Encourage them to maintain balance in their own lives. This is a conscious process. It does not happen automatically. Your employees can suffer from lack of sleep, nutrition, exercise, fun, and stress management. This will affect your bottom line and even contribute to turnover, which is very costly.

Also, give  your employees self-help resources. They can take charge, get help, and get the help they need to draw a balance between concern and detachment. Again, your company EAP (if you have one) should be the #1 go-to resource.



Mental Illness in the Family 
Each year millions of Americans are diagnosed with mental illness. Family members commonly feel an overwhelming sense of helplessness and may secretly blame themselves, believing something they did caused the family member’s mental illness. Since family members are often key to intervention, helping them cope is crucial to helping those with mental illness.
Avoid the trap of shame and isolation. Reach out for support and a listening ear. Avoid the trap of overprotecting your family member from the stigma of mental illness. That stigma is fast disappearing, and new medications for mental disorders are continually being researched.
Be hopeful and realistic. Many people with mental illness and multiple hospitalizations are capable of holding full-time, responsible jobs with the aid of proper medication and support.
Don’t ignore the needs of children. Although mental illness should not be the focal point in your family, share information with them suitable to their age level that can reduce their fear and anxiety.
Understand patient responsibility in recovery. A key principal in mental health treatment is patients taking personal responsibility for managing their illness. This includes medication compliance.
Take care of yourself! Maintain balance in your own life. Family members often suffer from lack of sleep, nutrition, exercise, fun, and stress management. Self-help resources can help you draw a balance between concern and detachment. Your EAP can help you find them.

Learn about the illness. Learn about the type of mental illness that affects your family member. Know its relapse warning signs so you can act early if intervention is necessary. 

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