Friday, March 17, 2017

Improve Employee Mental Health with a Company Health Wellness or Employee Newsletter

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A health and wellness newsletter for your company has a few purposes wrapped up into one. These purposes or goals include improving communication within the organization and offering some "glue" that keeps everyone knowledgeable about the most important news and trends of concern to the company.

The other goal is employee health. If you can make an impact on behavior and create more proactive employees, and by way of content improve their health--in any way--it may contribute to less presenteeism. (If you have never heard of this word, it means coming
When people seek help for similar problems the empathy
impact can be quite impressive and moving. Employee
Newsletters for health and wellness can motivate
employees to pursue personal wellness in new ways.

to work sick.) People postpone taking care of themselves. This costs companies money. This should be a target goal of employee newsletter content.

I like slipping articles in company newsletters that reduce mystery and fear about the various channels for getting help.

I once wrote article on Bariatric physicians to educate the workforce on what these specialists do (weight management intervention.)

The other topic I touch on periodically is modalities of counseling. For example, many people know about individual counseling, but few know how group psychotherapy. Group psychotherapy is powerful stuff, and it can be a heck of a lot of fun because the empathy impact of having 6-7 other people seeking help for the same thing can be impressive. Think "mastermind" group and you will know what I am talking about.

So this article below gives you a flavor on this topic of employee newsletters and how it can help employees take the plunge into counseling and consider group therapy for a particular problem. ...

Group Psychotherapy Group therapy employs small-group interaction to help participants address mental health issues and make changes in their lives. Professionally led, group therapy focuses on problems like overcoming life struggles, eliminating self-defeating behaviors, helping overcome life crises such as grief, and preventing the repeat of problems experienced in relationships.

Don’t overlook group psychotherapy as an avenue of help for rapid change. Group therapy members usually bond quickly, and the leverage they create is the collective insight and common past experiences they share. This power is used to supportive and confront each other, insist on honesty, and overcome resistance to change—the change you want and are looking for so desperately.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Use Your Employee Newsletter to Help Employees Fight Emotional Workplace Challenges


There is one subject associated with employee newsletter content that you should include as frequently as possible. This is the topic deals with what I call "emotionally challenging workplace issues." An example would be how to respond to a very disappointing performance review the employee did not anticipate. Another would be criticism from the boss that you had no idea was coming. A nasty interaction with a coworker in the staff kitchen can ruin your whole day. And of course, there are plenty more.

Emotional challenging issues on the job include accepting difficulty in accepting feedback from peers, struggling with anger issues when you are ignored, bullied, or passive aggressive acts such as no one complimenting your new skirt. These can be aggravating experiences—full of anguish. The silent treatment is a classic.

Employees look for articles like these that will help them psychologically. All of us are attracted to this sort of content. Employees will anxiously look for articles that help them conquer stressful emotional states.

Let's give a real example of this content:

Although eagerly welcoming constructive feedback, employees who accomplish a lot on the job know their successes will sometimes rub others the wrong way. Not everyone will be quick to praise their triumphs when they are cast into the limelight by others who recognize their achievements.

Sometimes these achievements are met with criticism for whatever reason. Helping employees cope and build resilience is an easy way to invest in these workers. Your newsletter may include the following in an article, for example:

Learning to detach from unhelpful criticism is a skill to help you stay motivated, adapt to change, and think more creatively about your job. Try these “inoculations” to beef up your immunity to criticism: 1) Remember that those who criticize don’t know the real you. 2) See negative criticism as possible validation that you are “on the right track.” 3) Accept criticism of your success as normal and part of life’s challenges. 4) Search for the truth in the criticism, if any. Something about it may be helpful despite the style of its delivery. 5) Let criticism inspire you to work with even more vigor toward accomplishing your dreams, rather than forcing you into retreat.

So, do you agree that there are psychologically stress issues at work that employees want. We cover these topics in FrontLine Employee.
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Your company employee newsletter or health-wellness newsletter has a lot of power to influence the workforce, promote ideas for improving their personal well-being, and empowering them to consider ways they can perform their jobs better and boost productivity. 

Employee Newsletters: The Three Great Stressors to Avoid - There are three hazards to creating an employee newsletter that you want to avoid. If you face any of them, then your newsletter for employee health and wellness will fail. The first is a relentless and pounding schedule of "Oh no, I have to start writing the newsletter again." If there is any subjective stress in producing a monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly newsletter, that stress and anxiety will translated to avoidance, and it will eventually win over your ability to willfully surmount it. Procrastination will be your mind's solution for managing  this stress causing your distribution schedule to fail. 2) Time consumption searching for content. This is different than #1 above, but it adds to the global reason for failure as discussed. 3) Collateral duty of producing a newsletter, and the time needed to do it, will compete with other essential functions of your position. Again failure is assured. If your employer does not view production of an employee newsletter as the most important job you possess, then it will not get done. Click on the image to see a movie and path toward your solution:

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Health Wellness Newsletter Tips: Understanding the Importance of Distribution, Production, and Frequency of an Employee Wellness and Health Newsletter

Your company needs a health wellness newsletter, and it is best to combine it with productivity tips, and as needed internal news about your company. This is the ideal internal communication vehicle. Consumers of this reading material and information range from your housekeeping staff to the board of directors, family members when it is taken home, and teenagers when parents see a relevant article and it ends up being given to them.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Trouble with the Boss: Helping Employees Get the Message Using Your Employee Newsletter for Workplace Wellness and Health

Employee newsletters Topics and Articles about a Toxic BossTrouble with the boss—who hasn’t experienced it? It is one of the most discussed issues that affect employees. Everyone has heard of the toxic boss, and I can assure you that employees would love for you to mention this topic in your in-house company newsletter.

This is a touchy subject however. You do not want to alienate managers with your writings on the toxic supervisor behavior. You will cause a huge schism if you do. And you do not want to set up a “us versus them” culture that will cause you to get in huge trouble. Instead, you want to discuss common sense issues associated with the supervisor-supervisee relationship.

Your employee newsletter should take on this subject of communicating more effectively with the boss because it can have many beneficial impacts.Discuss concepts about requesting feedback, extra assignments, and do not let a tree grow between yourself and your boss. Get feedback from the boss. Direct communication is almost always the better road to travel because it engages management in helping you to resolve problems. Silence puts the problem in management’s lap, and you risk a more unpredictable and uncontrollable outcome. Still not sure what to do next? Talk to your employee assistance professional or a really good insightful friend. 

Communication will improve productivity. It will reduce conflicts. And it will potentially reduce the risk of workplace violence. Believe it. You want to avoid having employees get into conflict with supervisors and be fired. Risk ensues.

Your newsletter has a lot of power to influence successful relationships in the organization, and none is more important than the relationships that employees have with the bosses. So, encourage employees to be proactive in their relationships with the boss. For example, if an employee is concerned that he or she is not measuring up to the expectations of the position, this is a signal to meet with one’s boss and start communicating, getting clarification on essential duties and asking for honest feedback about how things are going. 

Educate employees to be proactive with boss relationships. Tell them never to expect their boss to come to them first. Communication and closeness are key to effective relationships with the boss. Discuss common sense in your newsletter, for example, by explaining to employees that they should not remain in denial hoping no one notices their performance deficits. Faking it till you make it is great in some aspects of our everyday world—parenting for example. But, it does not work well in medicine and engineering. Discuss avoiding being avoidant. Don’t hide from your boss as a way of coping. It’s the worst possible move.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Give Employee Soft Skills and Use An Employee Newsletter or Internal Company Newsletter to Do It

Use your internal company newsletter to help employees acquire soft skills, know what they mean, and how they will play a valuable role in developing their career. Soft skills often relate closely to emotional intelligence, employee to employee interaction, supervisor to employee interaction, common sense, relational skills, and the initiative and considerations employees give to their job and work advancement.

One valuable soft skill for instance is "accepting feedback." Do your employees eagerly await criticism and feedback on their work from their supervisor? Of course they don't! However, would you not agree that employees who are pleasant, eager to learn, and welcoming of feedback are wonderful employees that managers think a lot of? Absolutely. Why? Because they are easier to talk to and convince of the changes that need to occur with their  work, and they reduce the stress of the supervisor who anxiously approaches them to give them the feedback they need, deserve, and must have to support the mission of the organization. This soft skills also relates to being appropriate when you get a bad job performance review.

Supervisors do not relish giving feedback to employees, and it is because employees typically demonstrate negative behaviors when they receive it. This is why the willingness to accept feedback is a soft skill. There are many soft skills. This is just one. If you have been observing the Frontline Employee newsletter lately, you will notice that I have been spending a lot of time for the past 18 issues discussing soft skills. And this is an example how how your company can really thrive.

This month, the soft skill we discussed was "being cooperative." Sound simple? It's not. Cooperation includes many things. For example, it is the ability to hold back pointing out the flaw or spotting the shortcoming in a project or process and instead listen to others, join with the team, and play a crucial role in an activity at work.

Cooperation is about following instructions and the directions, and not rising above those instructions like an insecure employee to school others around you on the mistakes and errors you found. Some employees, for example, enjoy getting brownie points for pointing out the smallest problem. Well, right now may not be the right moment to pointing out what only you can see and what everyone else, except you, missed. Can an employee check herself or himself, sense what is going on right now, see the larger purpose, and engage.

Getting back to feedback as a soft skill, although eagerly welcoming constructive feedback, employees who accomplish a lot on the job know their successes will sometimes rub others the wrong way. Not everyone will be quick to praise triumphs when an employees is cast into the limelight by others who recognize those achievements. Some people look for the problems. It is simply their orientation. Helping employees appreciate soft skills is one way to really power up your organization. So with your employees, like ours, be sure to focus on soft skills to advance the mission of your organization.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Can Your Company or Employee Newsletter Help the Workforce Adjust Its Attitude?

There is one thing seldom discussed as a powerful purpose for having an employee newsletter. In fact, I seldom mention in it my own promotional literature about Frontline Employee.

This one thing can improve productivity, reduce the risk of violence, reduce complaints to HR, and produce a more positive workplace. The topic is changing and creating more positive attitudes among employees. There are thousand ways to go with this topic, but your employee newsletter is a powerful vehicle for delivering this sort of change to your organization.

Don't forget this topic in your newsletter. I can't think of a more cost-beneficial reason to have a workforce wellness or employee newsletter. So, I decided to blog about. And, frankly, this is why I attend to this topic regularly in our content throughout the year.

Insert purposeful articles on this topic about 7-8 times per year. Doing so will cause your organization to reap powerful benefits as people think about the content and seek to apply it.

A positive attitude controls our lives. It enhances our relationships. And it impacts our productivity, both in quantity and quality. I discovered this years ago, and it is why I decided to write about this subject in our employee newsletters about 3-4 times per year.

Did you know that Stanford researchers are making the case that attitude is more important than IQ. Yes, this in addition to the whole emotional IQ discussion. This is good news, and there are a lot of implications for workplace productivity in this declaration. The good news? Attitude is easier to change than I.Q. and it has significant financial payoffs.

Start with helping employees understand “mindset.” Either you have a mindset that is “fixed” or your mindset is “growth-oriented,” says researcher, Carol Dweck, Ph.D. A fixed mindset means you’re not very open to change or willing to adapt to it. You don’t view mistakes as opportunities or stepping-stones to your success. People with a growth mindset do. Hey, this is not genetic. This is a learned behavior. Sure, this is also a habit, but habits are changed to the degree new beliefs are acquired, and your employee newsletter should therefore target these concepts. (We do. Click here to get three free back issues of Frontline Employee so you can see what I am talking about.) I will send you Dartmouth College's newsletter. We started writing Dartmouth's newsletter about ten years ago. They love us. If you need, I will refer to the EAP Director there for a testimonial.

One powerful article (try this idea) is helping employees look at Thomas Edison's attitude—he kept trying hundreds of times (actually about 1000) before the bulb finally glowed.

Also, help employees look at the idea of embracing challenges. Also, what does it mean to persist in the face of setbacks--discuss this idea, too. Help employees plot a path to mastery of a skill or ability that will advance their career. Help them see criticism as gift. (There's a biggie.) Learning from criticism to achieve something more really requires an open mindset. I won't digress too far, but this whole positivism idea flows over into improved workplace communication -- both more civility in communication and more of it. That's right. When attitudes are poor, some people communicate less.

Pose the question in the beginning of your article of whether the reader  has an open or closed mindset. You can find a deeper discussion about this topic if you purchase the book  “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” by Carol Dweck, Ph.D. - I quick skim will give you a bunch of ideas for articles associated with this topic.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The “Boomerang” Generation - Use Your Company Newsletter to Help Parents

Your employee newsletter is probably the most effective tool ever created to reach and help parents with child-raising or parenting issues. One of these dramatically difficult issues is the millions of parents struggling to help their children get on their feet with a full time job and get out of the basement. So, use this free article if you like with a small copyright mark and a link to [] You can also print our brochure and get three months free here. Check back at this blog again soon for another article.

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Millions of parents have at least one adult child living at home, and the number of empty nesters welcoming an adult child home for a temporary stay is growing. These adult children have been called the “boomerang generation.” Divorce, unemployment, financial troubles, mental illness and chemical dependency, and other problems help explain this phenomenon. For most parents, the goal is helping the adult child gain independence as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, many parents worry about the meaning of “a temporary stay.”

If you have an adult child at home, or one on the way, consider the following tips early on to keep your relationship healthy and help facilitate a transition back to independent living: 1) Discuss mutual expectations, house rules, chores, and shared financial responsibilities. 2) Consider a written agreement on these issues and the length of stay. 3) Avoid the trap of parental guilt that can fuel a lengthier stay, financial dependency, and the avoidance of responsibilities. 4) If relationship conflicts emerge, talk to the EAP. Don’t wait. 5) The same goes for a substance abuse issue. The EAP can lead you to intervention help. Good communication, clear expectations, and a willingness to keep boundaries will help both you and your adult child look forward to a successful future.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

College Substance Abuse and Parents: Article Content for Your Employee Wellness/Company Newsletter

I am going to discuss the drug abuse problem on college campuses and paste a recent article below on the topic marijuana. You can use this article if make small mention that it came from Frontline Employee newsletter and use a link somewhere, anywhere on your web site to either or

Despite its legality in 7-8 states, the marijuana use and possession is a crime under federal law. As a clinical social worker, drug abuse expert, former program director for a teenage drug addiction treatment hospital, and drug free workplace consultant, I am not thrilled about marijuana being legalized in Massachusetts. I think parents, now, more than ever must make an impact on at least trying to convince their children to stay away from this stuff.

Now, let me digress a moment about Wellness Newsletter content, while I am thinking about the subject of what goes into such a publication.

It's always been a concern of mine that Wellness newsletter on the Internet are more interested in entertainment that education about serious issues. I am not going to apologize for not having chicken and cookie recipes in the Frontline Employee, Work Life Excel, or the Spanish Employee Wellness Newsletter we offer called Empleado de FrontLine.

I personally feel that with the number problems society faces and the critical role employee wellness and company newsletter play, that we don't have time for consuming newsletter real estate space with this sort of thing. And let's be honest, these things on in employee wellness newsletter for one reason -- to make it easier for the newsletter publisher to reduce their costs and not have to pay writers to come up with other meaningful content. These sorts of articles (like crossword puzzles, and huge monster graphics) are an insult to the company's Chief Financial Officer who is interested in purchasing an Employee or Wellness Newsletter that is actually going to do some good.

Okay, back to pot and parents...Did you know that cooking marijuana makes it more powerful than smoking it? Did you also know that when a free market for marijuana exists in places like Cambridge Massachusetts, that pot will and has and does get more potent? I know teenagers who have gone to Ivy leagues schools having never smoked pot in their lives and with no intention of ever doing so, and then found themselves at some dive of a party near campus being given or reaching for a brownie with pot cooked in it. Moments later, they were psychotic, thinking they were seeing God one second and thinking they were going to die the next, laughing, the screaming, then crying, then panicking, and being in this condition for hours need friends to calm them down and calling their parents frightened that they would never see them again.

This is marijuana. Sound fun. It's not. So, here is some employee newsletter content worth inserting into your publication. Please link to either or if you use this on your company website.

[TITLE] Where There’s Smoke
[CONTENT] Last fall, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released

Employee Newsletter Article on Marijuana
information on smoking, teenagers, and drug use from the 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, but much of it was not widely reported. When surveyed, about 1 out of 20 teenagers who did not smoke cigarettes used illicit drugs in the last 30 days, compared with more than 8 out of 20 teenagers who did smoke. Other studies support the findings. Also reported was that youth were four times more likely to use marijuana if they believed their parents wouldn’t disapprove of their using it once or twice.]

[TITLE] Marijuana: Just Don’t Use It
[CONTENT] In Colorado, the number of fatal car crashes with drivers testing positive for marijuana has doubled in the past six years. Colorado now ranks #1 out of 50 States with more of its 12-17 year olds illegally smoking pot. A full report on impact can be found in the 2016 Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado Report just released this September. Although not widely reported, dozens of adverse effects from marijuana legalization have been cataloged, including risk of respiratory illness, dependence, mental health-related problems, and other issues affecting public health such as impaired driving. The American Medical Society on Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the country’s leading experts on addiction opposes legalization stating that 61% of all drug-addicted persons (other than alcoholic) use marijuana.  Sources: 2016 Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado Report at (Search “Reports”); (

[TITLE] Mental Health of College Students
[CONTENT] Mental health problems of college students get more media attention in the fall
employee newsletter article on college stress
months when grade pressures, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues pile up. How to cope with stress can be learned, but not all students learn adequate coping skills from parents, caregivers, and siblings. If you have a college student plowing away, be sure to inquire about campus support resources when you hear “how awful everything is going.” Discourage isolation and counsel your student to strive for balance. Discourage substance abuse and never supply medications that have not been prescribed to your student as a way of helping him or her study or cope. Learn about signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety to increase your awareness of these problems. Do not hesitate to ask your student about suicidal thoughts if you see high levels of burdensomeness, the uttering of statements like, “People would be better off without me,” a sense of disconnection (“I don’t belong here”) or commenting about killing oneself, even in jest. Source: [Search: “mental health college]

Subscriber to Frontline Employee Newsletter at and get editable, professionally authored, insightful articles in a completely editable and rename-able company newsletter that is never late and give you access to the authors--directly who are licensed mental health professionals with extensive workplace wellness and Employee Assistance Program experience.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Wellness Newsletter Articles That Work and Employee Newsletters That Thrill Readership

Writing wellness newsletter articles, and offering orginal content is partly science, partly art, and sorry to say it but partly a gift. A topic of interest must be used, and the reading must be fast, and the style of writing cannot put your readership to sleep. Here is how to put any reader to sleep--simply start an employee wellness newsletter article with this sentence: "Have you ever wondered..." This passive voice writing. You will fail to have employee read your content if you  if you do not pay attention to contemporary issues and find articles ideas that turn readers on. So, here's where to find content: 1) Newswise--subscriber to their daily feeds; -- see what is being posted and trending; the huge government brain of an archive that almost anything under the sun can be discovered; and for action oriented personal development content--everybody's favorite topic, go to and These resources are on our favorite list at but their are others.

Do your research then formulate your article based on the relevant information. Also meld in your own experience when posing questions and issues, and then answer those questions with real concrete answer and data from expert resources and academic research.

Company and employee newsletters are rarely meant to sell ideas to your audience, except in the instance of editorials that are discussed below. Rather, newsletters are comprised of informative tidbits for the reader to digest. The real key to a successful newsletter or article thereof, is active interest and engagement of readers. It takes relevant topics, new information, and exciting news to develop those things. Guest articles are a great way to engage readers even more actively.

What new information makes sense to be inserted in a newsletter article? And what is exciting to your reader? You don't need to research these questions before writing content. Here are the 12 items for you to focus and mix around:

#1: Workplace Relationships
#2: Worker Productivity
#3: Family, Home, and Community
#4: Personal Fitness
#5: Personal Effectiveness & Goal Attainment
#6: Team Building and Productivity
#7: Mental & Physical Health Education
#8: Hot Health Topics
#9: Stress Management Tips
#10: EAP Education for Employees
#11: Workplace Safety and Injury Prevention
#12: Customer Service Issues for Employees

I will discuss each of these topics in future issues, but to get started with your own wellness employee newsletter, go to's Frontline Employee or Work Life Excel

Discuss each of the topics above. Also, try dividing each the topics above into 12 subtopics. You'll discover it is much easier to write and research content this way, and you can also apply the what, when, who, which, who, why, and where to develop your article and not leave any idea that might be important, untouched.

Read the Readers Digest for about 15 minutes before you start writing and you will discover a solid way to put together sentence structure and write in a way that will keep you reader engaged. Watch out for big words with your wellness employee newsletter because you can easily cause your readers eyes to glaze over. This exercise with the Readers' Digest will also help you write with more sincerity and a genuine voice. In other words, you will develop a relationship with your readers that will become part of their routine.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Employee Wellness Newsletter Articles Must Focus on Productivity to Keep Management's Attention

Teach employees how to problem solve with your newsletter or choose other topics that relate directly to productivity. If you do not educate employees about setting goals, resolving conflicts, or maximizing productivity, your newsletter will eventually experience loss of interest by management. Your readership has many needs, and so employees may not stop reading the newsletter, but management will lose interest. This topic on how to be a problem solver is the sort of article title that management will pick up your newsletter to read. If these sort of articles don't exist, they will lose interest. Do let that happen. Meet management's needs with your newsletter because they will eventually stop funding it or maybe you.

So here some simple conceptual concept on helping employees become good problem solvers.You can drop a problem in your boss’s lap and let him or her figure it out, or you can be a solution-oriented employee. Here’s how to be the latter and win your boss’s heart: 1) Identify the issues associated with the problem needing attention. 2) Ask why these issues exist. This “why” is generally the problem, but asking why again often leads to a more defined root cause. 3) Seek information
and reactions about the problem from those most affected by it. 4) Formulate possible solutions, reflecting on the information gathered in #3. 5) Consider the pros and cons of each potential solution. 6) Make a selection, write it down, and present it along with the problem.

Free Employee Wellness Newsletter Articles

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Workplace Relationships: Your Most Important Topic of Employee Newsletters and Workplace Wellness Newsletters

Workplace relationships are the most important topic you can discuss in your workplace wellness newsletter or employee newsletter. Corporate health demands effective relationships otherwise it is all for naught--the mission and goal of the organization is down the tubes.

Workplace relationships fall into four key categories, all of which can be subdivided into further interesting topics. Once you have these sub-divisions, it becomes much easier to write specifically with actionable information that employees can use to improve harmony around them, manage stress more effectively, and add to their increased productivity. Of course, this is the bottom line for the organization--productivity and increased financial viability and stability.

Avoiding workplace relationship development and improving relationship articles in your in-house publication (employee or workplace wellness newsletter) will cause you to lose readership and undermine the value of your efforts. Indeed, this topic is the one most desired by employees and the one topic they will remember seeing the most. It's all about relationships--relationships are our life. It's very simple..

Workplace employee newsletter articles associated with relationship improvement include: employee to employee; employee to supervisor; employee to organization; and, employee to customer. Here is how to subdivide these topics: 1) Go to 2) Type any of these categories in this way "employee relationships with employees" into the search bar. Wallah! See the ideas. Start looking at content. You will get many ideas for sub-division. Do not lift copy because this information is copyrighted. Instead look for ideas. For example, "employee relationships with fellow workers who are about to be fired."

Write these words down on a piece of paper next to your desk. What, Why, Who, When, Which, How, Value, Benefit, and What to Do Next. Next, attempt to formulate open ended questions about these topics and arrange them in order. Example: What issues are associated with employees who about to be fired with those who are not? Why is it important to know about these issues and how to deal with them. What is the risk or risks to the organization of not focusing on helping educating employees about this topic. Notice how the broad case for employee workplace communication underlies all of these topics.

Complete the process with who, when, which, etc. Google each phrase for further content ideas. Re-write content ideas, not content. Use your own words and your life experience. Place thing sinthe proper order and your article is done. Now trim it for size to fit the space you are allowed in your newsletter. I 100% guarantee that you can cut a 200 word article to 100 words if needed. Simply throw out what is wordy, redundant, or interesting but not directly associated with the workplace wellness article topic. I would suggest you write about workplace relationships in every newsletter for wellness that you issue and distribute to employees. We will discuss employee relationships with the boss and performance reviews in the next post.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

12 Topic Ideas for Your Employee Newsletter (So You Avoid the Sweat of Article Ideas)

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There are 12 topics to consider in your employee newsletter. If you keep these handy you can google these 12 key words and find content ideas for your newsletter. These topics include:

#1: Workplace Relationships

#2: Worker Productivity

#3: Family, Home, and Community

#4: Personal Fitness

#5: Personal Effectiveness & Goal Attainment

#6: Team Building and Productivity

#7: Mental & Physical Health Education

#8: Hot Health Topics

#9: Stress Management Tips

#10: EAP Education for Employees

#11: Workplace Safety and Injury Prevention

#12: Customer Service Issues for Employees

If you are like most employees assigned to do the newsletter, you start out with a staring at a blank page. You want to avoid doing this because you are a like a deer staring into the headlights of an oncoming automobile, and your newsletter will run you over. So, best to have these categories above. Can you determine how each of them is unique. Visit this blog over the coming weeks. I am going to expand on each one, and subdivide them further into about 10 concepts each. You will then have 10 x 120 ideas, and from there we can nuance farther. Thanks for visiting. Feel free to print this brochure to learn more about what we do.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Generating Story Ideas from YouTube

YouTube -- there is no topic unaddressed in YouTube. Billions of videos hit everything under the sun, and you can use this resource to get article ideas. Here's how. Let's suppose that your company has a problem with drugs and alcohol on the job and you want to write an article on reasonable suspicion training. You simply go to YouTube and what a video like the one below.

with too many people throwing away recyclables. (I just made this problem instantly off the top of my head.) And let's suppose you want to write an article about it. Here is what you do.
As you watch this video, think "what, why, where, who, when, how" and what is missing, what is different, and you will spot an article idea in your mind. It will pop up. This is how stop writer's block.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Don't Use a Quarterly Newsletter in Your Company

Don't do it. I know, you think employees have too much to read. But you reject quarterly newsletters for workplace wellness tips and the like. Quarterly newsletters are an apology. They are tantamount to your sheepishly slipping your newsletter into employees' IN boxes. The "employees already have too much to read" is completely BS. It's an excuse for you're not publishing more often because you can't handle the workload. Well, there are answers to this problem that make publishing a newsletter brain-dead simple. Click here to get a free trial to Frontline Employee newsletter. The better way to go is a two-page newsletter send each month. Two page newsletters get read -- completely. Four page newsletters get unfinished, put down, and never returned to. Also, many have copy that is too long. Never write more than 230 words in an article, it will not be finished. Things move to fast in the workplace and people's minds. Also, one more thing you should know. A monthly 2-page newsletter is 50% more to read per year than a quarterly 4-pager, but guess what...the two pager newsletter will be completely read.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Newsletter Articles Your Employees Need: Example

How to Be an “Outside the Box” Problem Solver
A solution to a seemingly impossible problem at work may appear by thinking “outside the box.” This is a learned skill anyone can master, not a mysterious attribute of brilliant minds and cutting-edge companies. To be an outside-the-box problem solver, master these three principles. Principle #1: Free the Brain. This means stop thinking about the problem and get some breathing room by participating in a completely unrelated activity—fishing, jogging, showering, or walking on the beach. This detachment frees your brain from the stress being created to find a solution. Principle #2: Eliminate Roadblocks. You won’t find solutions with inhibitions, your ego, close-mindedness, fears, and negativity getting in your way. Let loose, and give yourself permission to “get sloppy” and “get messy”—allow discovery to take place without restrictions and prohibitions. Principle #3: Be a “Resource and Inputs” Hound. Reading books, studying solutions to similar problems, thinking backward, drawing the problem on paper, and brainstorming with others—all these tactics supply you with informational “inputs” that can speed the way to your solution.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Finding Great Article Ideas with

There are a lot of article directories. At one point, as many as 200 existed. These article directories solicit content and fight for rankings to sell advertising. The more content, the more traffic. The more traffic the more opportunity to sell ads. Well, two of my favorite are EzineArticles and When I want to write about a specific topic, I visit these websites, and I search for the topic ideas. Sometimes, I do not know what I want to write about. In these instances, I may simply type one letter, say the letter "L". All articles that begin with "L" will appear. There will be hundreds, and more likely thousands. I then start scrolling the pages in search of ideas. Not content. For newsletters, I write original content, but you would be surprised at how many ideas can pop into your head by reading articles with two questions in mind: 1) What is the missing piece of these story, and 2) what other idea is popping into my head as I read this article. Try it and see. Start with the article I wrote at The article is entitled "TWELVE EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER ARTICLE IDEAS". You will get a ton of information. To make your job even easier, click on the FrontLine Employee link found on this page. Employee newsletters just got easier with this cool tip.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Remind Employees about the EAP With Your Employee Newsletter

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Create articles for your employee newsletter that remind employees about their employee assistance program( EAP), if your company has one. Periodically, I author an article on confidentiality, how laws the govern alcohol and drug records are more strict that the laws governing medical records in doctors' offices, how confidentiality is the cornerstone of EAP success, and other content to convince employees EAPs are the "go-to" place for help with personal problems. You company may have been forced or accidentally made a mistake to use an 800# help line sold to it by the insurance company. If this is the case, remind employee about what an EAP is and also encourage supervisors (not a newsletter, but perhaps in their own publication (see FrontLine Supervisor) to use the EAP as a management tool to address performance and conduct issues with troubled employees. The loss prevention that comes from encouraging employees to seek help from the EAP is incalculable. The one employee in you company who would go "postal" may have a chance to get help if you encourage his self-referral for that anger management problem, conflict with the supervisor, or bullying situation.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Articles for Parents in Employee Newsletters: They'll Read IT

Don't forget parent tips for employee newsletters. Offering parenting tips on teenager behavior will keep your staff interested. Just don't put company news in an employee or company newsletter. (But also ignore the recipes and crossword puzzles). For Example:

Parenting Communication Tip: Making changes in your communication style or speaking habits, if necessary, can be tough, but will improve your teenager’s ability to listen. Not effective and likely to reap negative returns: Preaching, sarcasm in correcting behavior, ridicule, put-downs, yelling and screaming, comparing the teen’s behavior with more successful peers, and not being able to admit when you are wrong or say you are sorry.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Frequency Beats Quantity with Workplace Wellness Newsletters

Quarterly wellness newsletters for employees that come to your company. Hmmm. Personally, I like to use them on my kitchen floor beneath the dog's food and water bowls. They do a good job at protecting the wood.

That's the good news about these newsletters, and if you are a serious mental health provider or employee assistance program trying to help employees, I would suggest that you find a new use for these publications, or get a dog.

Quarterly newsletters are given to your company for one reason alone: More frequently would be too expensive. These publications are not frequent enough to make an impact and there is too much material at one time for employees to read before they are distracted and put it down forever.

So at two levels, they make no impact -- content and frequency. The truth is that these 4-pagers that come "free" tied in string, are written by freelance copywriters who--until they tackled the article on the five best vegetables with potassium after reading Wikipedia--had no occupational health or employee assistance knowledge whatsoever, unless of course they have an alcoholic in their family. In this case, like most family members of alcoholics--they are are impermeable experts.

Here's what you need to do to make an impact with your company newsletter or wellness newsletter for employees. First you need to consider an employee wellness newsletter that has monthly frequency. Don't give me the old song and dance that employees have too much to read already and that monthly is too much. I'm talking about two pages with an average of 130 words per article. Second, this two-page (any less frequency and you will lose impact and top of mind positioning for whatever program you are trying to promote) newsletter must delve deeper into topics employees don't see on television: Try looking for a company or employee newsletter with articles and titles--newsletter topics that leave employees with "more" to grow with. Titles like:
  • Improve Your Emotional Intelligence;
  • Multitasking Versus "Chunking" (Time Management)
  • Don’t Let Mental Health Get Flabby
  • Medication Memory Minder App Available
  • Subtle Clues to Suicidal Risk
  • Myths about Tolerance in the Workplace
  • Date Rape Drugs Still a Hazard
  • The Performance Conversation
These articles are not the kind that managed care companies print. The truth is that managed care companies are not not trying to make an impact. They are trying fill the contract requirements.

Employees will read, pass around, and take home a corporate wellness newsletter with articles like you see above, and family members will benefit. This is the impact you are looking for so your company's bottom line benefits along with the employee behavior change or improvement. You have a captured audience in your workforce. Feed them the good stuff. Get a newsletter that delivers wellness and productivity. Try a free trial of FrontLine Employee Workplace Wellness Newsletter .

Monday, September 2, 2013

Approach Tough Topics with Your Employee Wellness Newsletter

Stop being all "nice" on topics of grave concern to employees. Regarding articles for employee newsletters, you must see good content but also impactful content. And this employee newsletter topic is a key example:  It's time to remind college students, especially girls, to be aware of date rape drugs and predator-like substances. They will listen to the employee newsletter before they listen to you!

In July 2013, 32 Styrofoam cups with residue of the date rape drug GHB were found in Racine, Wisconsinabout two miles from the University of Wisconsin. In June, a man was arrested in Williamsville, New York, after giving GHB to a college intern. In July, Canadian police in Alberta found 10,000 doses of GHB in a raid. Think twice before heading off to “raves” or wild dance parties, particularly at college. These events are ground zero for the use of predator or date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Ketamine, and GHB. If you suddenly feel inexplicably ill or dizzy at a party, call for emergency help. Don’t take a drink from another person, lose track of your drink, or allow someone to go get you a drink. When in doubt, dump it. Learn more at In the search bar, type “date rape drugs.” This is what I call a good newsletter topic. Read more examples here in a complete kit on employee newsletters.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

How to Do Know if Newsletter Content is Accurate

If you are purchasing newsletter content or an employee newsletter, don't be fooled by newsletters service providers who appear to have a medical director on their publishing team who approves content. As you and I both know, some doctors are not that knowledge about many topics. Alcoholism and substance abuse are just one example. The issue is experience with a broad range of personal problems. No medical doctor on the publishing board of a wellness newsletter is an expert on connecting families with home health care, intervening with suicidal persons, delivering postraumatic stress disorder intervention help, and the like. Who has the most experience in the broadest area of human and employee workplace problems? The answer is a licensed mental health professional with extensive employee assistance programming experience. That is what this workplace wellness newsletter is all about.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Next Staff Meeting: Generate Employee Wellness Newsletter Content Ideas

The next time you have a staff meeting, sent a kitchen timer for three minutes and brainstorm ideas for stories for your company wellness newsletter. If that works, you will come up with dozens of ideas based upon this discussion and these newsletter article ideas will be directly relevant to the concerns of employees in your workplace. Better yet funnel them to and get a subscription for a newsletter you can cal your own.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Totally Free Human Resources Materials for Training and Wellness

I discovered a great page for signing up for human resources materials that include a lot of workplace wellness, respect, conflict, dealing with difficult people, resiliency issues, holiday stress. Sign up here and don't say I didn't find you a gold mine. Free HR Resources and HR Resources Free  ....

Monday, December 17, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 43: Space and Time

Take a set break from your work, and don't think about it at all.  Keep your focus on other things, such as cleaning or maintenance tasks that need to be accomplished.  This may feel like procrastination, but if you have been staring at the blank screen feeling blocked, you aren't getting anything done anyway.  When you return from your break, your mind should be refreshed and ready to start writing again.  If not, give it some more time; it may turn out you work better on a tighter deadline anyway. Would like your own newsletter completely done for you each month? Seriously. And for one low price? Think up a title, give us your logo, send us to your website. If you have over 100 employees, we will create a unique and professional nameplate-masthead look just for you FOR FREE. -

Monday, December 10, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 42: Spread Thin

Distill your topic down to its most basic form, to the point that you can describe it in one or two words.  Then explode the idea outwards from there—perhaps using the webbing technique (bubbles with connecting lines).  Don't neglect to put down any possible aspect, from technical definitions to poetic descriptions to the ways it will impact future generations.  Exhaust all of the possible ways you could talk about your topic until you find something that strikes your muse's fancy. Save money. One low annual subscription to FrontLine Employee serves your entire organization--every employee--for a full year with 12 issues.  Copy, email, or post newsletters on a protected page of your website. Try it out at

Monday, December 3, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 41: Sounds Scripted

Write your entire piece in nothing but dialogue.  You can use dialogue tags if you need to make it clear who is speaking, but otherwise, leave out everything not between quotation marks.  If you're stuck looking for an opening line, choose a famous one from a movie or television and go from there.  You can write it as a product demonstration, two friends conversing about an event, or an epic movie scene. No more embarrassing grammar mistakes--each  issue is professionally proofread. Will the never make a mistake. Hard to tell.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 40: Get Your Blood Moving

Exercise releases endorphins, making you feel happier and more energetic.  Make it a habit to exercise before you start writing, and you will come to associate it with a good feeling.  Go for a run in the morning before you start your daily writing regimen, or set up your yoga mat near your workspace and clear your mind and loosen up your body.  If you can, write after every time you exercise, including pick-up games and walking the dog, and your mind will soon develop a connection between the endorphin high and the act of putting words to paper. We can help you publish a newsletter of your very own for a flat rate and do so each month. And we will accept for consideration your ideas. Send them to us. About 95% of subscriber article requests are used -- respect issues, conflicts, communication, etc. Go to

Monday, November 19, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 39: Monotony

Find yourself a mind-numbingly dull task—vacuuming, showering, filing paperwork—and engage in it with the intent of letting your mind wander.  Get lost in the repetitive movements or quiet environment of the task, and don't focus too hard on your writing or writer's block.  As you work, your brain will gently tease the words free and you may even be struck by "eureka!" inspiration (but not the vacuum brand kind).  Many people do their best thinking in the shower, when their bodies are occupied and their minds are free to roam without restraints. Do you need a newsletter that is just the right size and amount of content with the ability to edit, add, subtract, reshuffle content, or use the newsletter without making any changes at all? Go to

Monday, November 12, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 38: The What-If Game

Brainstorm a list of ten what-if questions, and then brainstorm an answer or two for each one.  Make these as preposterous as you can muster, especially if they are related to the piece you're blocked on.  This is the ultimate outside-the-box exercise, and although you may feel very silly writing about flying staplers or the reanimated lunch food, the child's play will free your subconscious to let everything come more easily.  You can play a more serious version of the what-if game in meetings to stimulate brainstorming in a group. End  writer's block and mad searches for article ideas and content on the Internet. Eliminate the deadline pressure. Here's how. Start with a trial to FrontLine Employee.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 37: Size Doesn't Matter

Write a 100-word sentence.  It must be properly punctuated, but it can ramble and meander as much as you'd like.  When you go back and read it, you may find buried in there an idea you wouldn't have realized was present if you hadn't let your words flow.  If you continue the sentence past 100 words, don't stop yourself. Would not it be nice to have no more frustration, embarrassment, or worrying about getting your newsletter out on time. (I once struggled with this myself.) Your monthly issue comes early--a week early--before the month of issue! To learn more go to 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 36: Cliché Clash

Choose two clichés, such as "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" and "a rolling stone catches no moss," and put them together.  (There are online cliché generators if you can't think of two good ones.)  Use that as your starting point, as if you were proving some old folk saying true—"a rolling stone catches no horse in the mouth."  Having to defend an abstract statement pushes you outside of the box of normal writing and makes you think creatively. Gain more free time for other tasks or for yourself.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 35: Different Mediums

If you usually type, pick up a pen and write by hand.  You may end up with writer's cramp, but push past the pain and you'll find it's a very intimate way to write.  If you usually write by hand, try typing into a plain text document.  Don't let your fingers get ahead of your subconscious—find a pace that works for both your typing speed and your mind.  Changing the medium you're working in may stimulate a different part of your brain and release the writer's block.Imagine this---getting original employee-focused, workplace wellness AND productivity content for your newsletter written by licensed mental health professionals with extensive workplace experience with articles that address communication, solving employee problems, reducing conflicts, substance abuse, absenteeism, violence, crises, dealing with difficult people, stress management, elder care issues, improving the relationship with your supervisor, family problems, achieve goals at work, improving morale, getting to work on time, and hundreds more. Go to

Monday, October 15, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 34: Alphabet Soup

Write a word pertaining to your topic at the top of a piece of paper—either the general name of the topic, or a subtopic you plan to concentrate on.  Underneath that, create a list of related words, but to keep yourself focused, you must have at least one for every letter of the alphabet.  If you get stuck, make up words until you can get back on track.  To keep track of the letters you've done (unless you plan to just write them alphabetically), make the pertinent letters block and bold. Do you have an employee newsletter for health and workplace wellness? Remember----in the past you had a newsletter but no one could keep up with it? Almost every subscriber to FrontLine Employee has had this experience. It is the #1 reason motivating our new subscribers. We're the cure. Go to

Monday, October 8, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 33: Questionnaire

Write your piece as a series of questions that a reader might ask you, and leave spaces in between for you to fill in the blanks afterwards.  When you put down the answers, be as thorough and honest as you can, as if you were answering the questionnaire for a family member or friend.  Then use the material you generate to write the actual work.  Polish the language and tighten the grammar, but keep the honesty and conversational tone! Would like to have your own newsletter for your company or workplace? Well, finally you get a newsletter--easily. And it's your own. Watch your internal communication improve overnight. Also, get your life back! No more lost weekends, deadline pressures, or doing the newsletter "after hours".  It's complete upon arrival, but editable. Go to

Monday, October 1, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 32: Shift Your Focus

Instead of fretting over the piece you are blocked on, set it aside and work on something you're more looking forward to writing. Take this time to work on a personal project or a more light-hearted piece that doesn't require as much concentration as it does creativity. The act of putting words on the paper for a project that brings you joy can make writing easy again when you finally return to your original work. Would like your own newsletter completely done for you each month? Seriously. And for one low price? Think up a title, give us your logo, send us to your website. If you have over 100 employees, we will create a unique and professional nameplate-masthead look just for you FOR FREE. -

Monday, September 24, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 31: Bubbly

Write ideas you are trying to connect on a page, in random locations, and draw circles around them.  Then draw lines of small circles connecting them, and fill these with phrases that can logically transition you from one idea to another.  Don't plan what you'll fill the bubbles with, because half the discovery is finding out in the moment what your brain will come up with on the fly.  The idea of the bubbles is to go with your first instinct, not concentrate on finding the perfect answer—sometimes the perfect answers are very unexpected! Save money. One low annual subscription to FrontLine Employee serves your entire organization--every employee--for a full year with 12 issues.  Copy, email, or post newsletters on a protected page of your website. Try it out at

Monday, September 17, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 30: Musical Influences

Load your music and turn on the shuffle or random function, making sure you're the only one who will have to listen to the song.  Write for the duration of the first (appropriate) song that queues up—no longer, no shorter.  Be sure to focus on the mood or story of the song as you write, allowing it to guide your piece and direct it somewhere you may not have thought of on your own.  You can also use music specifically to guide a writing session, if you know how a certain song helps you work. No more embarrassing grammar mistakes--each  issue is professionally proofread. Will the never make a mistake. Hard to tell.

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