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 [http://workexcel.com] 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 http://workplacenewsletters.com or http://workexcel.com

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 Workexcel.com or WorkplaceNewsletters.com 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 http://www.rmhidta.org (Search “Reports”); ASAM.org (http://www.asam.org/advocacy/find-a-policy-statement)



[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: http://boston.cbslocal.com [Search: “mental health college]

Subscriber to Frontline Employee Newsletter at WorkExcel.com 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; Twazzup.com -- see what is being posted and trending; USA.gov 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 www.selfhelp.com and selfgrowth.com. These resources are on our favorite list at workexcel.com 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 WorkExcel.com'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.


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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 http://ezinearticles.com. 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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20gT7stk5as

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 ArticleBase.com

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 ArticleBase.com. 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 ArticleBase.com. 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 http://womenshealth.gov. 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 WorkplaceNewsletters.com 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. - http://eaptools.com/images/nameplates.jpg

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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

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. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

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. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html 

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. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

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. - http://eaptools.com/images/nameplates.jpg

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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

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. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, September 10, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #29: Alphabetical

Start your first sentence with a word beginning with the letter A and proceed until you've covered the alphabet.  You'll probably not end up with a perfect piece, but it will give you raw material to work with.  Realize that some sentences will be awkward because of the word you have to choose in order to stay in alphabetical form, but occasionally you'll find a new way to phrase something because you have to work around some unusual syntax. 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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, September 3, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #28: Include These Words

Write three basic paragraphs related to the work you're blocked on.  The paragraphs must, somewhere, include the following five words: plaster, rumors, yellow, defense, and insect.  You can recycle this exercise as many times as you would like, because the words can always be arranged differently.  If, however, you're tired of that set, here are two more: dirt, placement, renegade, brown, and striped; template, bag, victory, zealous, and string.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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, August 27, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #27: Genre Jump


Familiarize yourself with the styles found in different genres of writing—journalism, poetry, technical, fiction (and its sub-genres), etc.  When you find yourself hit by writer's block, adopt a different style than the one you originally intended to use and see if the new voice helps free your words.  Even if you can't actually use the tone of a science fiction author in your final draft, it may be a familiar sound and flow more easily when you're initially writing.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. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, August 20, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #26: Quotation Marks

Start each day's writing with a quote, famous or otherwise, related to the theme of your piece.  Use it to focus your writing by making it the thesis statement of what you're writing.  If you prefer, you can defend or disagree with the point that it makes in a persuasive piece.  Some of the sentences you generate may be useful later to bolster up the finished product.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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, August 13, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #25: Photographic Lens

If you can find a photograph that can accompany your story or piece, focus on that for a while.  Sit and absorb the imagery of the photograph without rushing over it or assuming you know what is going on.  Write about what you see in the picture—what's happening and what it looks like.  Pay special attention to the subtleties—the way someone's hand is angled towards another's leg, the way the dog is cowering just slightly, the way everyone is actually eyeing the food.Gain more free time for other tasks or for yourself. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, August 6, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #24: Opening Lines

Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is fill a blank page or screen with an opening line.  Instead of limiting yourself to just one, quickly jot down ten ways you could start the piece, each completely different from the rest.  By the time you're finished, you may have found the perfect way to begin.  Start with your favorite, and if it doesn't work, switch to another one and start anew. 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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, July 30, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #23: Syllables

If you're struggling to find the right words for what you want to say, stop stressing about the exact wording; set your internal editor aside.  Instead, write using only one-syllable words.  Listen to the new rhythm it gives the story or article, which will become much easier to write as you let your unconscious guide you into the pattern.  Continue to write with one-syllable words until you are finding the words again, even if that means letting some multiple-syllable words slip in there. 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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, July 23, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #22: Fleshing it Out(line)

Start with the most basic outline possible—a single word for each paragraph or point you're going to make.  Then go back and add two words to each item, giving them a little more weight.  Gradually increase these increments of words until you have a fully-fledged outline and know exactly where your piece is headed.  Continue to build on that outline, and eventually you will have the work itself! 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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, July 16, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #21: Visual Timeline

Some writers use index cards or sticky notes to create a timeline for their writing, but to keep your creativity high, make your timeline out of magazine photographs instead.  Hang it somewhere you can see it while you write.  As you make changes, alter the pictures to reflect the new direction your piece is going.  If you need to keep notes as well, use small sticky notes that will easily come away from the pictures when their purpose is served. 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. - http://eaptools.com/images/nameplates.jpg

Monday, July 9, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #20: Rocky Relief

Purchase a worry-stone (a flat stone with a depression in the center where you can rub your thumb) and hold it while you write or type with your other hand.  Focus on the way the stone feels instead of the words, and let your subconscious do the work.  Other worry-objects are useful for this as well, such as beads on a necklace or spinning rings.  Make sure whatever you choose is small and portable in case your writing takes you away from your desk.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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, July 2, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #19: True Freewriting


Sometimes, writer's block is the result of mental clutter, and you just have to clear it.  Set yourself a 10-minute timer and write whatever comes to mind without stopping until the time runs out. Freewriting by hand is often more productive, as the physical motion coincides with the release of word blockades, but if you feel that typing will give you a faster flow, you can do that as well. No more embarrassing grammar mistakes--each  issue is professionally proofread. Will the never make a mistake. Hard to tell. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, June 25, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #18: Get Into Character





If you're having trouble finding your voice for a piece, borrow someone else's. Put yourself into the shoes of a reporter, a wallflower, a spy, or even a passer-by and write the way they would see the idea, scene, or story. You may not be able to use this character's voice later, but you will see the material from a new perspective. It may help to imagine the piece being read out loud by the voice of a television or movie character. 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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html


Monday, June 18, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #17: Regular Rewards

Set tiny word goals on your project, and every time you reach one, reward yourself—with a single piece of candy, perhaps, or with one game of solitaire.  Don't get distracted and indulge in more than one reward, or the system will collapse.  If you stick to it rigidly, eventually you will have plugged along right through your entire piece!  Find a reward that works for you, even if that means experimenting over a few days.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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, June 11, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #16: An Ideal Space


Surround yourself with trinkets and images that inspire your creativity.  Make sure your writing workspace is as accommodating to your muse as possible, even if that means getting a little silly with the decorations.  Do you write by hand?  Leave your favorite kind of pen and notebooks out where they are easily accessible, in case you're struck by a great idea while you're otherwise occupied. 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. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, June 4, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #15: Scheduled Creativity


Set yourself a regular time to sit down and write, even if you are just typing the same word over and over, and stick to it.  Eventually, your brain will become used to the routine and the words will be more readily at your fingertips.  Many people prefer the early morning, when they are first awake and their brains are fresh from sleep, while others prefer the nighttime, when they can dump out the data from the day onto the page.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 http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, May 28, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #14: Strictly Speaking


Find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed and bring a recording device with you (anything handheld will do).  Narrate out loud the piece you're stuck on, as if to a friend—you may find that using your actual voice will help you find your writing voice again.  If your piece has multiple character voices, don't read them all in the same monotone—improvise and add color.  When you listen to it later, you can edit for clarity, but maintain your voice as much as possible. Gain more free time for other tasks or for yourself. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

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