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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