Thursday, June 19, 2008

Employee Newsletter and the Biggest Behavioral Problems

What are the most important problems that human resource managers face with regard to employee behavior. Is there one location where you can learn about these issues and stay on top of them. And, once they are known, can your employee newsletter do anything to tackle them, help employees with their work-life issues, and help get resolution on some of these issues.

An employee newsletter can. And here are the most popular concerns of human resource managers listed below. Begin to include content about these issues, and you will make a small dent in the behavioral risk fabric of the workplace.

I started digging around at Workforce.com. The site has an e-newsletter that is sent on Tuesdays to approximately 125,000 HR managers. But Workforce.com also has a very cool bulletin board service with more than a million page views on it covering nearly a thousand topics related to HR. The number of visitor clicks on each of these topics has been recorded. Folks, that's some bodacious data. I figured the topics that had the most clicks logically represented the areas of greatest interest to HR managers.

Some topics have 50 to 100 clicks/views recorded. But some have as many as 15,000. In other words, unless someone visited twice, 15,000 people had an interest in those specific topics. I decided to type out a list of topics that had more than 2,000 views.

I then discarded topics that weren't directly relevant to EAPs, such as HR metrics, pension plan issues, and COBRA. I left on the list topics that had some relationship to problems EAPs typically resolve or offer consultative guidance for resolving.

The following list represents a survey of about half the pages on the Web site's bulletin board and includes the topics getting most of the attention (equal to or more than 2,000 clicks).


  • Text Messaging Policies and Issues
    Employees Who Are Always a Little Late
    Managing Mentally Ill Employees
    Divorce and It's Affect on Workers
    Unusual Bathroom Habits Due to Culture or Religion
    Employees Bringing Children to Work
    Stealing and Lying Employees
    Childcare Referral Issues
    Tips for Success in HR in Working with Managers and
    Employees
    Time Management
    Spirituality in the Workplace
    Casual Dress Problems
    Motivating Employees
    Reasonable Accommodations of Employees
    Romance Problems Between Employees
    Terminating an Employee: Dealing with the Emotional Aftermath
    Emotional Stress to HR manager of terminating employees
    Bringing Your Baby to Work
    Combating Rumors
    Helping Employees with Work-Family Balance
    Disciplining Employees: Who and When and How Much
    Motivating Employees Without Monetary Incentives
    Motivating Long-term, Non-managerial Employees
    Diversity Issues and Morale in the Organization
    Helping Immigrant Employees Not Feel Isolated and Left Out
    High Gas Prices Causing Problems for Employees
    Management Burnout
    Negative Employees and How to Influence Them
    Sick Leave for Smoking Withdrawal
    Use of Myers-Briggs Assessment Outcomes
    How to Keep Employees in the Field or Off Site from Feeling Left Out
    How Can HR Boost Employee Productivity
    How to Communicate for Effectively with Employees
    The Entitled Employee—Attitudes of Those that Think the Organization "Owes" Them
    Coaching/Disciplining Employees on Their Attitude
    Supervisors Waiting until Evaluation Time to Address Issues
    Teams and Evaluating Individual Members Who Don't Contribute
    Teaching Supervisors How to Supervise
    Employee Communication: Keeping Them Informed and Involved Body Odor
    Worsening Employee Morale and Turning It Around
    Deciding if an Employee Should Be Terminated
    Pornography on Company Laptop Computers
    How to Win Back Employees Who Are Angry at the Company
    Teaching Supervisors How to Motivate Their Staffs
    Invigorating and Making Staff Meetings More Exciting

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