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.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Drug and Alcohol Training for Your Newsletter? Yes. Use this Free Content Now

Opioids include illicit drugs like heroin and licit prescription pain relievers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, and others.

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.

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