Thursday, July 27, 2017

Employee Newsletter Ideas on the Simplest of Things Can Bring Powerful Benefits

You don't have to look far in your mind’s eye to discover worthwhile employee newsletter ideas and stories that will be extremely interesting to employees to read and also be beneficial to the workplace. Take the idea of being courteous, something all of us were supposed to be taught growing up. What does it really mean? How is it practiced, and what are the benefits to the employee. Well writing about this topic and many more like it can help an organization's bottom line. No, really. Let's examine this little idea of courtesy for a moment. It's been said that courtesy is a quiet power. Having a door held open while carrying an armful of packages is a welcomed common courtesy. Extended courtesies are even more powerful because they are not expected. This concept of extended courtesies are where the focus of an employee newsletter idea can be. Extended courtesies are even more powerful soft skill. They show extra effort the employee expends to please someone like a customer, and this causes that person to feel valued and special. This is where really equity of customer loyalty becomes fixed and then this contributes to future sales.  Extended courtesies to customers are also powerful because they benefit your employer’s reputation. The more unexpected a courtesy, the more impact it has on the recipient-- the customer.  A handwritten thank-you note in the age of email is an example. Imagine getting a handwritten note from a store manager or clerk, and imagine that impact on your brain. A phone call to a customer after the purchase of a product is another. Who does that these days. Cultivate a repertoire of courteous acts and use them to make the right impression. You will elevate your organization, and very likely your career. Okay, you got the point. A simple concept like courtesy can improve employees lives, make them more engaged at work, feel less like a cog in a wheel, and invest in your employees. Employee newsletter ideas can be difficult to discover, but you will be surprised how close they really are to your keyboard. Take a walk in your neighborhood to think up these thoughts about newsletter articles and topics. You will discover them faster. To discover a newsletter for your employees that is editable and reproducible, re-nameable, and completely done the moment you receive it, try Frontline Employee Newsletter, and  try it for free to see the employee newsletter articles. There's no bill, no credit card, no nothing. You just let us know if you want to continue.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Use Employee Newsletters to Educate Employees about Mental Hygiene

There are over 11,000 listings in about "Practicing Good Mental Hygiene." This is a topic that can be discussed in many ways with your employee newsletter delivering articles on everything from stress management tips to parent ideas.

Mental hygiene is the practice of using techniques, strategies, and good thinking habits to help prevent harm to mental health and maximize a positive outlook for your life. Mental hygiene is more than practicing positive thinking just like oral hygiene is more than brushing your teeth by going to the dentist. Personal problems that linger despite attempts to resolve them on your own are an opportunity to use professional counselors or helping resources to examine goals, relationship stress, self-talk patterns, diet, sleep, and conflict resolution or stress management strategies. And the benefit of counseling resolution is always more lessons about mental hygiene going forward to prevent similar or related problems. Don’t struggle with lingering problems. Instead, take a path of discovery where solutions are accompanied by new ways of applying good mental hygiene needed to overcome roadblocks, fears, and frustrations in your pursuit of happiness.

To find great ideas on mental hygiene,  consider to paths. One is writing an article from a pictographic you discover on Pinterest, and doing so in your own words. Or finding press releases from the national institute on mental health that target specific human problems common to employees, families, and coworker relationships.

We commonly address this topic in Frontline Employee Wellness Newsletter. You can see a few copies of it and get a few issues downloaded at the link shown on the page.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Employee Newsletter for Human Resource Managers and Benefits Coordinators Needing a Company Wellnes

             An internal newsletter can bring a wave of cooperation and cohesiveness to your entire workforce. There’s only one catch, doing one on own is an awful, impossible chore.
             Unfortunately, without a newsletter to share news, productivity, wellness, and stress tips, you’re losing out on the best, most penetrating way of reaching employees to reduce risk.

Attitude problems, disrespect, attendance problems, and difficult behaviors can be reduced with insightful articles that target performance, stress, family issues, and a positive work culture. But how in heaven’s name can you get such a newsletter without all the work?

Now, any company can have its own powerful custom newsletter. Here’s how...

How I Solved the Company Newsletter Problem

When the government of the State of New York heard about my solution, they instantly signed up for their 150,000 employees! So did the U.S. Social Security Administration. Likewise for hospitals, universities, credit unions, home health agencies, tech companies, and other employers—all sizes and shapes! It’s called FrontLine Employee.

My name is Daniel Feerst. I am an EAP consultant with a 25 year work history in EAP, mental health, management consulting, and substance abuse treatment. Years ago, I produced a workplace newsletter for my employer. Frankly, it was impossible.

Writing on weekends, collecting notes on napkins, planning, organizing, asking for ideas, polling employees (forget it!), or scouring the Internet for stories did not help. I
struggled to get it written and finished on time every month. I hated my job because of it, and procrastination was my only refuge. And then an idea  hit me like a ton of bricks.

I decided to write the newsletter on weekends, give it to my employer for free, but then offer it to employers who needed a customizable, editable, but “already-done-for-you” internal newsletter that requires no work—what they always wanted.

FrontLine Employee was born. The phones started ringing. Subscriptions grew and I soon quit work to start a publishing company. After 13 years, here’s what I discovered...

Newsletters must be two-pages and have 1) internal communication, 2) wellness, and 3) productivity content. Only this format makes sense, and effectively helps unite employees and managers. This is a major benefit of FrontLine Employee.

             Information on managing stress, improving communication and work efficiency, and articles on family, children, and parenting teenagers are included in
FrontLine Employee.

Really meaty articles that tackle disrespect, bullying, conflicts, dealing with difficult personalities, and customer service are also included. Working more effectively with one’s supervisor, completing goals, and tips about health and personal achievement get covered.

This solution is yours FREE for three issues. There is no cost, no obligation, and no catch, but if you subscribe now, I will give you a FREE employee wellness gift worth $1,476.

Here’s What You Get With My Newsletter Service!

FrontLine Employee comes in your e-mail as a downloadable file in MS Publisher, MS Word with graphics, PDF, or plain text (MS Word). Choose any or all of these formats at no extra charge. It’s two pages, monthly, and is 100% editable and customizable. You can change it all you want. If you already have a newsletter you can use our articles sent in MS Word.

With FrontLine Employee, you have permission to add, edit, or insert your own articles, change the frequency of distribution, or move articles from one issue to the next.

Print and distribute FrontLine Employee or create a PDF for distribution on a protected web page. As an option, we are happy to customize a PDF just for you with your own name and logo before sending it. Just forward it to your employees when it arrives.

You can change the name of FrontLine Employee, too. Ask us to design a professional and awesome-looking masthead just for you. Don’t worry, you get to approve the final look!

E-mail your newsletter to employees and also family members for extra impact! Print as many hard copies as you need, and feel free to give it to your home health clients, too!

Do you have a quarterly four-page newsletter right now? If so, know this: When it comes to risk management, wellness education, productivity tips, and news, FrontLine Employee is monthly because less content delivered more frequently has a greater impact!

FrontLine Employee arrives a week before the month of issue. It’s never late. You’re never rushed getting it out. There are no embarrassingly late issues or missed issues. No one will ever ask, “Hey, what happened to that newsletter we used to get?” 

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Four million employees read FrontLine Employee. Federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration and the FBI and state governments such as New York and Washington give it to all their employees. Universities like Tufts, UMASS, California State-Davis, and the University of Texas-Austin give it to their employees, too. The list goes on.

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             The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate (both are subscribers) with over 15,000 employees use FrontLine Employee content exclusively!

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Each issue of FrontLine Employee delivers concise, actionable information, tips, how-to’s, expert guidance, and step-by-step approaches to tackling the work-life problems employees face.

FrontLine Employee is short, sweet, and to the point. My experience shows that these types of articles get read more often. Employees stay glued to content, and they act on the tips FrontLine Employee gives them.

Your employees want to feel energized. They want hope. They want to be excited about completing goals. And they want help solving tough personal problems. So we focus on issues, not recipes and cartoons.

Employees want a workplace with high morale and where everyone treats each other with respect. They want fewer conflicts and better skills for dealing more effectively with difficult people. FrontLine Employee delivers on these topics, too.

Your employees crave the ability to get more done in less time, and they want to feel better about their boss, solve eldercare dilemmas, parent their child or teenager better, save money, worry less, be more assertive, and have better coworker relationships. Yes, we hit these topics!

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Setting priorities
Stopping procrastination
Getting to work on time
Stopping interruptions
   & completing work
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Consumer product
Ideas for parenting
  and teenagers
Safety at home,
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Family stress
Tips for budgeting
Increasing domestic harmony
Achieving work-life balance
Having more energy
Understanding mental
Self-diagnosing conditions
Seeking professional help
Getting more done
Improving self-awareness
Learning about self-
Using inspirational thinking
Planning ahead
And many more!

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As a subscriber, you gain access to the Subscriber E-Hotline. This advantage allows you to suggest content for future articles. What’s going on in your workplace? What’s causing

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fake IDs and Parenting: What's to Know?

If you publish a company newsletter with health and wellness articles, spend a little bit of space periodically on parenting issues. Parents stick their heads in the sand on many topics. You can brainstorm a list of these with your employees or just glancing an journals in a local library. Be sure to touch on the topic of Fake IDs.

Teens obtaining fake identification is nothing new. Although most states have made it more difficult to duplicate a driver’s license since 9/11, young adults can still purchase IDs that make them old enough to buy alcohol or get into a nightclub. What is new is that researchers have found that young adults with fake IDs are more likely to get into trouble with drugs and alcohol than their counterparts

What researchers found was shocking. Teens and young adults with fake IDs were drastically more likely to binge drink, smoke marijuana and use more dangerous hallucinogens and narcotics. A fake ID also correlated with getting arrested. An older study cites that 56 percent of fake ID holders used alcohol the previous week, compared to 14 percent of under-age students who didn’t have fake IDs. I have a seven hundred word article I recently published on LinkedIn. You will find it here. . . .But email me and I will send  you the MS Word document with permission to use it in your own existing employee newsletter. My email is

(Learn about Frontline Employee customize-able, Workplace Wellness Newsletter for Human Resources.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

EAP Newsletter and EAP Newsletter Ideas, Topics, and Complete Editable and Customizable Resource

Have you heard of this resource?

Human resource managers, EAPs, and employers of all sizes use FrontLine Employee as a reliable, on-time communication tool that delivers productivity tips, workplace wellness information, and the ability to add internal news (if desired) so the organization maintains an enjoyable, predictably read communication vehicle that employees enjoy, but also a risk management and productivity tool that earns strong top management approval.

Employee newsletters are powerful tools, but maintaining your own internal newsletter on a regular basis and getting it distributed on time, every time, is nearly impossible. If this task is assigned to an employee with other responsibilities, eventually you will observe that it ceases to continue. The chore is insidiously difficult. This is why FrontLine Employee was created 17 years ago, and why it is used by the U.S. Congress (both houses), the State of New York, many U.S. Army installations, universities, municipalities, hospitals, nursing homes, and other businesses worldwide. 
(Learn about Frontline Employee customize-able, Workplace Wellness Newsletter for Human Resources.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Employee Newsletters -- Include Articles on Tips for Work and Family Balance

Achieving work and family balance is an ongoing process of juggling responsibilities at work and the needs of family. No employee is an expert at it. There is always more to learn. Every employee questions their balance at one time or another, so this topic is appreciated by every employee, and they will look forward to the next issue of the newsletter if you periodically insert content on this topic for wellness.

Discuss one key to success in work-life balance -- the ability to step back and periodically analyze how things are going. This is the #1 step in working toward and staying more satisfied with work life balance. Then, action is next -- making adjustments where possible.

So employees will appreciate the following help, and phone me or email me to give you permission to use this article free. 1) Work and family balance is a conscious decision. It doesn’t happen automatically. Understanding this can reduce frustration when you experience temporary setbacks. 2) Write down family goals. Family needs change over time. Opportunities to build a tree house for the kids or experience a new family pastime don’t last forever. Decide what is important, write it down, and commit to making certain goals “absolutely happen.” 3) Manage distraction and procrastination. Working long hours causes stress that sometimes finds relief naturally through workplace distractions and procrastination. If you are at the office for twelve hours, do you really work only ten? If you are searching for more family time, it might be found here. 4) Discuss family expectations and responsibilities. When one family member is taking on too many responsibilities at home, resentments can build. Periodically discuss family needs to gain the awareness needed to consider choices for work and family balance. 5) Be careful about justifying imbalance. At times, it is realistic for family members to recognize that your job will have to take priority. Use this rationale with caution so it doesn’t become a habit.

Employee newsletter articles must do five things: Help employees, help your company, and help families, provide help for relationships between coworkers and between employees and their bosses. This is the effective newsletter five pointed star. Add in your own company news and you have a winning combination for a winning communication program. (Learn about Frontline Employee customize-able, Workplace Wellness Newsletter for Human Resources.)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Your employee newsletter is a powerful tool to educate teams and you should work toward putting articles and content in the newsletter that educate employees about team dynamics. Like any topic placed in a newsletter, both individual employees should benefit as well as the company. Educating about teams certainly fits this mold.

Although not commonly understood completely, work teams are synergistic tools that can accomplish more than individual employees working alone. Shared work, rather than one member of the team doing most of the work, is why all teams should be educated about team dynamics.

The most powerful undermining influence of any team is Paretto's Principle. Have you heard of it. Feel free to google it at Wikipedia or another source. It is mind-blowing, but it will make a powerful impression on employees, so take a look at share this concept in a newsletter articles.

Paretto's Principle states that 20% of anything cause will produce 80% of the effect.

This dynamic explains nearly everything in reality. For example in your closet are clothes and shoes. 20% of the clothes and shoes in your closet are worn 80% of the time. 20% of the silverware in your kitchen drawer is used 80% of the time. And 20% of the software on your computer screen (those icons) you are looking at are clicked 80% of the time. This an inescapable and fascinating reality. This also affects work teams. There will be a tendency for 20% of the members of any work team to do 80% of the work. If there are five people on a team, you guessed it, one person will do 80% of the work. And isn't that exactly what you have experienced your entire professional life? You better believe it.

People on an team must fight this dynamic in order for the team to succeed with its synergistic purpose. Sure, work can still get done but not as efficiently. And, nearly always, one person is resentful for doing most of the work.

Another idea to put in your employee newsletter is education about work teams as powerful tools for productivity, but how they lose impact when dysfunction affects five critical areas. Discuss in simple articles 80-230 words, how to prevent these problems, help employees diagnose their team’s health, and do so by examining how well they perform in each of the following:

1) Trust and ability to be vulnerable with one another;
2) Ability to share and offer ideas freely, without inhibitions, and with acceptance;
3) Forming a consensus, identifying a project, and pursuing it to completion, with each member feeling important to its successful outcome;
4) Silence is shunned and speaking up is a group tradition when a member is performing under par; 5) Achievements are shared.

(Learn about Frontline Employee customize-able, Workplace Wellness Newsletter for Human Resources.)

Friday, April 21, 2017

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Opioids interact with the nervous system to relieve pain. Many users will experience extremely pleasurable effects from them, and risk of addiction.

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Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older who had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million involve prescription pain relievers, and 25% of these people are also heroin addicts.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Help Employees Deal with Anger Management Issues (Small and Large)

I hope by now that you are not using your company's employee  newsletter to only discuss company business. If you agree that your employee are your most valuable resource, then I am sure you are only a brief thought away from the fact that your internal communication vehicle should not be just for company news, birthdays, the company picnic, who got promoted, or the progress on the installation of the new Heidelberger Druckmaschinen. Instead, dedicate a significant portion of your employee or company newsletter to wellness, emotional health, personal development, goal achievement, improving productivity, building effective relationships, and managing stress. I will give you one surprising reason to heed this advice--all of the other things mentioned above will be more religiously read. The personal development material I cited helps your employees be healthy, happy, and productive and omitting this overarching purpose of your newsletter blows the chance to make a real impact on people's lives. And, as I have said before, this content will make a difference in the lives of the family members of workers who directly affect their well-being. 
Anger Management content is an example of an article topic that will attract employees to your newsletter

One problem all humans face with its accompanying ripple effects is anger. And, I want to recommend you hit this topic about once a year in a short concise way, because no employee, no person -- you or I -- believe we've mastered this emotion in our lives. There is always  more to learn about it. And, for this reason, your employees will notice almost any newsletter title remotely associated with it, and they will read the entire thing.

Making a statement like, all of us experience anger, but we may not have learned to deal with it well when growing up is a great way to start such an article. When angry, we may have been told that it was inappropriate, or we came to that conclusion by not having it acknowledged or accepted, especially by parents or caregivers. Unresolved anger, and learned ways of coping with anger, can contribute to problems in relationships. Employees will identify with this personal struggle. The question for you as a company is consider whether this article could in fact reduce risk of workplace violence, even homicide. Do you think that is even remotely possible? Even a little bit remotely possible?

If you answer yes, then imagine blowing off this workplace newsletters post. How cheap and easy is it to author content about anger management. It is simple. Try Frontline Employee newsletter for three months, no bill, no invoice, just solid stuff for three months

Also, talk to employees and ask, "is anger getting in the way of a happier relationship with someone you love?" The source of problems in your most valued relationships may stem from a need to understand anger better, deal with unresolved anger from the past, and learn better ways of managing anger in the present. If your organization has a decent employee counseling or employee assistance program, always mention it in your newsletter. Don't leave employees hanging about a serious personal problem area without a next place to leap to in order to get help.

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.

(Learn about Frontline Employee customize-able, Workplace Wellness Newsletter for Human Resources.)

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