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.

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