Monday, September 2, 2019

Company Newsletter Topics and Ideas: Stop the Interruptions

Helping your employees improve productivity should be one of the main purposes of your company or employee newsletter.

There are many subjects to cover. One of the most popular is procrastination. Since everyone is guilty of it to some degree, and we all secretly want to accomplish more, you can be certain that whatever tips and tactics you offer, employees will read it.

Spend some time during the year offering information in your employee newsletter that helps employees fight this beast of a problem. You are certain to make a positive impact on productivity, and of course have a positive impact on your bottom line. 

Dealing with Interruptions--the Doorway to Procrastination
If you are weary of battling interruptions at work, try these interruption “interrupters”: 1) Tell coworkers that you are having difficulty with interruptions, and that you will act assertively to prevent interruptions. Then, follow through. 2) For employees who knock on your door and ask, “Got a minute?” use your calendar to schedule an appointment if it is not urgent. If it is urgent, remain standing during the conversation. This should send a signal that the conversation will be brief.  3) Comfortable couches and chairs invite visitors. They’re nice, but if you are desperate, removing them, making them unavailable, or replacing them with less comfortable furniture can work. 4) Close your office door to discourage visitors. 5) Be honest. Interruptions are first cousins of procrastination, so be honest about interruptions and your sabotaging use of them to avoid work.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Managing Office Cubicle Stress

The office cubicle was an invention in the 1960's by Robert Propst, and he says he regrets it. It was considered a revolutionary way to increase productivity while bringing everyone together to improve communication. Cubicles are now everywhere because they are cost-efficient, but cost-benefit--perhaps not so much. Target issues of this type to help employees. Start your own company newsletter for workplace wellness, productivity tips, and stress management with your own internal news pasted in as needed. hashtaghr #humanresources #wellness Managing Office Cubicle Stress Although the stress of working in an office cubicle has been the substance of Dilbert comic strips and much office lore, it can be less stressful if you make your space efficient and personal. Best ideas: (1) Use a large, clear plastic desk pad with frequently needed information handily slipped underneath it. You'll manage information more effectively, which is key to reducing cubicle stress. (2) Add a small bulletin board for those small pieces of paper you need, but frequently shuffle around on your desk. (3) Add greenery (small plants), trophies, certificates, or cartoons. (4) Add or frequently rotate photos of family, friends, and your last vacation. (5) Manage information by making it available at your fingertips. (6) Get rid of the dust! (7) Form a "Quiet Committee" to brainstorm solutions to office noise. Anything peers create as a means of reducing office noise will be more effective than any management or supervisory dictate.
Everyday stress like cubicle stress get missed by run of the mill company newsletters

Friday, August 30, 2019

Do Meditation and Exercise Fend Off the Flu?

Imagine your company newsletter or employee newsletter helping employees stay at work, productive and contributing to the bottom line. Do you need a more dramatic way of proving cost-benefit than that? The creative use of your employee newsletter or company newsletter can do just that. Look at this article we authored for three million readers. Think it had an impact? For $495 a year, is this sort of help worth it to your workplace. The answer is obvious. However, keep up with an employee wellness newsletter is a nightmare. (Not for us of course. We help thousand of companies always get it a week early.)
Studies have shown that stress, life crises, and negative emotional styles increase risk of acute respiratory infections like colds, flu, and similar conditions. Could stress reduction using mindfulness techniques like meditation along with exercise have a preventive effect? The U.S. National Institutes of Health decided to find out. Nearly 400 study participants completed a stress management training program, and the results were positive. Participants did experience fewer flu, colds, and respiratory infections. The Centers for Disease Control says the best way to prevent flu is to get a flu shot—it’s reportedly 40 to 60 percent effective. Could managing stress with techniques found in this study give you an extra boost of prevention? See the study and decide. www.med.wisc.edu [search “flu, exercise, meditation”] Go here to download big package of information and you can start immediately, today with your newsletter...and use this content. You don't even need to contact us again -- this will set you up for three month of no pain. Employee newsletters should be two pages, short articles, tight written copy with actionable information. Fax page 4 for a free trial of a customizable workplace wellness and productivity tips newsletter that's never late and has your name, masthead, and insert-able content Go here to download big package of information and you can start immediately, today with your newsletter...and use this content. You don't even need to contact us again -- this will set you up for three month of no pain. Employee newsletters should be two pages, short articles, tight written copy with actionable information. Fax page 4 for a free trial of a customizable workplace wellness and productivity tips newsletter that's never late and has your name, masthead, and insert-able content https://www.workexcel.com/content/lp/frontline-employee.html phone 1-800-626-4327
Unique articles from licensed workplace wellness pros with experiences in the trenches

Monday, August 19, 2019

Helping Employees Engage and Achieve Success with Your Employee Newsletter

Use your employee newsletter to teach employees how to make a good first impressionYou employee newsletter articles are as powerful as you want to make them. And that power should be shared for the benefit your organization's bottom line.

Sure, the employee is your focus. They must read the newsletter and get the meat out of it that will help them be healthy and productive, but always keep in mind the business rationale or the business case for your company newsletter.

It's a lot more than upcoming birthdays. You want your newsletter to be a communication organ, and the benefit of course is more cohesion among workers, and this facilitates improved corporate culture, a positive workplace, and less risk for behavioral problems.


See how all of this works..? It's always about your bottom line, and helping workers. It's both.


Employee newsletter articles you decide upon for your company newsletter should always have a positive productivity focus. Don't write about topics that do not concern the employer directly or indirectly. Make every educational article answer in the affirmative, does this article benefit everyone in some way or another?

It is easier than you think to link employee newsletter articles back to wellness, health, and productivity improvement. (Use our employee newsletter hot line to help you when (or if) you become a Frontline Employee newsletter subscriber.)


Don't be afraid to have your employee wellness newsletter reach the edge of the envelope and try new topics you have not seen in newsletters or others sources of unbiased content. One of these topics might be, for example, making a good impression.

Making a good impression is a win-win, so I see this topic as particularly valuable as an example for your company or employees newsletter.

So  here is a short, motivational article that you may want to try. (You can copy and use this content, but be sure to download three issues and over 20 articles using the red button to your right.)
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Everyone wants to make a good first impression. Unfortunately, when we greet someone and they see us standing in their office doorway for the first time, there is much time to waste.

Studies show that you have very little time to make a good impression. It's not three seconds by the way. That's the good news. Instead it is 27 seconds on average according to research.

After a few seconds, the show is over. If you have not done a good job with your first presence, you can pretty much call it a day. You won't get a second chance. And if you do, it certainly won't make up for the impact you lost from your initial attempt.

It's true about how little time you have to accomplish this goal, and that having skills and know-how for making a good first impression can powerfully influence your career.

Research shows seven out of 10 people make a judgment call about you within 27 seconds—often before you have even spoken! How can this disadvantage be overcome? Be aware that the “impression time window” is short. 

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Employee Newsletter Articles Should Target the Hidden Emotional Struggles Employees Face

Employees' issues often interfere with their ability to focus. Some of the most frustrating problems are those that affect their mental health. Depression and anxiety and the variations of these conditions affect at least 15% of your workforce. Substance abuse ( use or a withdrawal) affect 6-7%. Keeping this in mind will prompt you to have content in your company wellness newsletter.) Have a Good Mental Health Day at Work If you suffer from depression and/or anxiety, you know that symptoms of these conditions don’t park themselves at the front door when you arrive at work. They might affect your mood and productivity, with some days being worse than others. Be sure to develop a strategy for yourself so you can manage the symptoms that are making your day a struggle. Reach out to an employee assistance program. Contact a “health buddy” (someone with whom you can share or can create a scenario of mutual support), take rejuvenating short breaks away from the work site, or work with your medical provider to explore reasonable accommodations. Both you and your employer want the same thing: You feeling your best and benefiting from your skills and abilities. Learn more about assembling an employee newsletter FrontlineEmployee.com or workplacenewsletters.com

Thursday, July 4, 2019

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How a Customized, Editable Newsletter Can Help Take Your Organization to the Next Level

Do you often find it difficult to communicate effectively with your employees? Do you feel as if there is an invisible barrier between you that is affecting overall productivity? For reasons that you might find difficult to determine, morale in the workplace may be particularly low and while your business is certainly getting by, you know that it could be so much better. How can you break through these barriers, engage more effectively with your staff and take your company to the next level?

Newsletter with a Difference

You have to find an answer to your workplace communication problems and FrontLine Employee can help. This is an internal newsletter but with a significant difference. It’s a completely editable and customizable newsletter written by professionals, with articles that are designed to motivate, engage, energize and excite your workers.

More Than Just Words

Imagine how your workers will respond when they receive a monthly newsletter like this, crammed full of articles that are valid, valuable and actionable. They can:

  • Find out how to be more productive in the workplace and happier at home. 
  • Learn skills that will make it easier to interact with others and get a lot more done in less time. 
  • Pick up valuable tips that will help them be better parents, save more money, be more effective, worry less and achieve a lot more job satisfaction.

Actionable Content

    During the course of a year, articles will cover a wide variety of different and equally as important subjects.
  • For example, team-building.
  • How can the individual get more done, stay cohesive, be a better team player or hold more productive meetings?
  • Or take stress management.
  • How can he or she avoid the dreaded burnout, recognize the warning signs, assess the situation and change course?

Your employees will benefit from tips to help them achieve their goals and be more effective in the everyday world. There’ll be able to get more done, plan ahead, manage their money, stay positive or motivate themselves and others around them.

At Work

In the workplace, they will learn how to be more proficient in the customer service arena. They will learn how to deal with particularly difficult customers, maintain the correct attitude at all times, reduce stress, and always stay positive.

At Home

If they are going through personal problems at home, they can pick up some valuable pointers in the newsletter. They’ll find out where to get help when it’s needed, know when to reach out and learn how to prevent common problems.

The Better Way

You may have tried and failed to produce an internal newsletter in the past. You know that this type of work can be very time-consuming, and you certainly don’t have the time to do it yourself. If you allocate this work to another employee, it may take up a lot of their productive time and you may end up spending far more than you would like.

This is why companies like yours have tried and then failed to generate this type of communications tool, but imagine how much easier it would be if most of the work was done for you?

Your new newsletter will be pre-written in the form of a template and you can add your own items of news should you like. You can also brand the newsletter as your own by easily adding your logo and corporate identification.

Widespread Use

FrontLine Employee is such an exciting proposition that more than three million employees across thousands of organizations enjoy reading its content on a monthly basis. They work at dozens of universities, hospitals and military installations, or they may be state employees in New York, Washington and New Hampshire. It’s good enough for the federal government as well, as recruits at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado can attest.

Engaging

Each article is professionally written by experts in the field. The goal of each piece is to keep employees engaged with interesting, concise and actionable content.
Readers are encouraged to share the content with their families so that they can all benefit. This will lead to a happier home environment and the benefits will permeate through to your business.
You won’t find any long-winded or tedious articles in FrontLine Employee. Instead, you will find content that is punchy, fast reading and entertaining. The authors understand how to write in such a way that the content will fully engage with employees and their families to produce great results.

Your Employees Want This

Make no mistake, your employees want to work in a place with fewer conflicts, mutual respect and high morale. They want to be more productive, communicate more effectively with management and have better relationships with their co-workers. Each of the articles in FrontLine Employee is designed with this in mind and over the course of the year, these articles will be delivered in your own, editable and personalized internal newsletter.

How It Works

Your version of FrontLine Employee will be delivered to you via email and you can use it “as is” if you want. You may also edit and customize all of the content, add your own articles, move content from one issue to the next or change how often you distribute. It’s editable in MS Word or MS Publisher and is also available in PDF form. You can customize the masthead with your name and logo to match your company branding.
Then, all you need to do is upload to your website, email to your employees or print it out if you need. When you load it to your website, you simply send an email to your employees with a clickable link for them to access.

Be Engaged

If you really want to take this to heart, then why not suggest content for future issues of FrontLine Employee? This can help to generate new articles that will be of benefit not just to your organization but to others around the country as well.

Try It for Yourself

Try FrontLine Employee for yourself and get a free, three-month trial. You will quickly see how beneficial this internal newsletter can be to your organization. You will be able to break through those invisible barriers, supercharge your employee morale and, most importantly, take your company to the next level.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

How-to Tips for Using Your Employee Newsletter to Help Stop Toxic Behaviors

Undoubtedly, you have seen workplace gossip in action, and it is also likely that you have been a victim of it. Gossip makes victims out others who are not in earshot of those who perpetrate it. 

So, can employees be positively influenced to curtail such behaviors with articles you put in your employee newsletter that create change? You bet. And the value of employee newsletters is that such articles, although read privately by the reader, are viewed collectively by the entire workforce. This translates to reinforcement, buzz, talk about the article, and a higher likelihood that coworkers use peer influence to create a more positive and respectful workplace. This community dynamic exists with all of the articles in your employee newsletter or in-house company newsletter. Spend a few minutes thinking about this dynamic and you see instantly the cost-benefit, risk reduction potential that employee workplace wellness newsletters possess. So, change from articles -- yes, absolutely.

Let's give you a free article you can use right now with your own in house publication to you can see the benefits first-hand for yourself.

Gossip is only one of many problems that affect the workplace and which undermine productivity and employee morale.

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If you value a positive workplace where open communication is a tradition that reduces conflict, then you should value a tradition that refrains from gossip. Office gossip corrodes a positive workplace, and here’s why: Gossip produces a chain reaction of secrecy and negativity that erodes trust. As one person shares gossip, the next person to hear it is naturally left inhibited from being open and sharing of themselves in the future because they figure they might be the next victim. Gossip creates a short-lived bond between two people, but it comes at a high cost. Choose optimistic information sharing instead. You’ll be a more enjoyable person with whom to speak, and you’ll bond in a more positive way. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

FREE CONTENT ON DAY CARE FOR YOUR EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER

This content is free for your employee newsletter or the company newsletter you write. Be sure to make your employee newsletter focus on three things during the year: 1) Useful tips for employees in improve their productivity so you can justify the business purpose of your employee newsletter. 2) Also add content articles that employee employees with their lives and personal problems. To get a free pack of information with 30 articles in it, download the zip from the following link: http://bit.ly/hrnews1 - 3) Also, add content in your newsletter that targets the needs of spouses, teenagers, children, and caregivers.

These three major categories of article content, you have the ability to reach those who will influence the organization's productivity.

Employee Newsletter Article for Your FREE
Ten Tips for Worrying Less about Day Care

Consider making this article a series rather than deliver it in one be feature length article. It will last longer, ease your burden of producing newsletter content, and hold your reader's attention longer.
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Parents often struggle with putting their children in day care. Leaving an infant in the care of another person for the first time can be agonizing because parents worry that care workers won’t take care of their child properly. But with a few simple steps, you can help stop worrying about day care.

1. Arrive early or stay late. In the rush to get to and from work, sometimes parents literally after dropping off their children at day care, dash away. You can learn a lot about your child’s caregivers if you arrive a little early or stay a little later when dropping off and picking up your child. Observe the interactions with the teachers, parents and children.

2. Schedule (and keep) regular meetings with your child’s teacher. Communication and parental involvement is key, and regular meetings can help validate what you think are your child’s strengths and weaknesses.

3. Review the day care’s policies annually. It doesn’t hurt to remind yourself about the rules for sick children or other expectations from your day care. Parents are usually informed about policy changes but check periodically to see if there are changes that you missed.

4. Check out the toys. Over time, toys wear out and need to be replaced. Check to make sure nothing is broken. Also determine if there are plentiful age-appropriate toys, such as balls and chewing items for babies, and blocks, puzzles and riding toys for toddlers.

5. Ask for the credentials of any new staff. Your day care should require a criminal and background screenings. High-quality day care centers employ caretakers with some coursework in early childhood education or teaching. Each position should have a job description associated with it.

6. Be aware of immunization policy. With outbreaks of childhood diseases such as whooping cough and measles on the rise, it’s important to know any changes to your day care’s stance on vaccinations. Make sure your child has age-appropriate immunizations and ask periodically if all other children are vaccinated.

7. Count heads. Each state has rules about the ratio of caregivers to children. Count the number of children per teacher and infants per caregiver periodically to make sure your day care is compliant. With staff turnover or illness, you may find that that the center is short of staff. Small group size is important not only to your child’s safety, but her ability to learn.   

8. Check out the playground, especially after a significant weather event. The playground area should be checked daily for broken glass, metal or any debris. Make sure that equipment isn’t damaged and inspect the fence or other barriers for holes or wear.

9. Inspect for cleanliness and good hygiene. Keeping toys, changing tables and hands clean is essential in a day care environment. Notice if workers are wearing gloves and wiping down changing tables. Do they clean toys frequently? Also, be aware of where and how cleaning supplies are stored.

10. Don’t take your day care director’s word for it. Periodically check the center’s annual state inspection to determine if any problems were uncovered. If your day care is accredited, check annually to ensure it has continued to meet or exceed the organization’s standards.

Knowledge is power against worry, so be sure to ask about anything you see out of the ordinary at day care. For more information, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics for more information about how to choose and evaluate day care centers.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

March 2019 -- Intro of March 2019 Articles
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To subscribe to FrontLine Employee visit http://WorkplaceNewsletter.com and download an information package, free. Here's a few sentences from the March 2019 Articles. Get a free trial and use this content, this month in your company's wellness newsletter.

Have a Good Mental Health Day at Work
If you suffer from depression and/or anxiety, you know that their symptoms don’t park themselves at the front door when you arrive at work. They might affect your ...

Gratitude’s Got Science Behind It
The benefits of practicing gratitude have real science behind it. This principle recognizes that how we think and condition ourselves to think produces expectations and plays a significant role in our ...

Tech for To-Do Lists: Try Trello
Most of us use to-do lists, and there are now many to-do list apps to choose from. One is based on tech billionaire Lief Andreesson’s personal method of managing his life. It’s called ..

Giving Feedback that Sticks
Advice about giving feedback often centers on reducing the recipient’s defensiveness, not whether feedback will create change. However, there is a science-based approach for the latter. It’s called “Situation – Behavior – Impact.” You can download a free tool ...

Can We Talk? 
Is there a “right way” or “best approach” for convincing a troubled friend or loved one to get professional counseling? Any approach will include unease, but don’t let the adage “no one accepts help until they’re ready” stop you from giving it a try. Contrary to popular belief...

Feeling Great, But Do You have Prediabetes?
You can feel like a million bucks and still have a serious health condition called prediabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of three adults in the United States has prediabetes. That’s 83 million people. Are you one of them? The good news is that you are not ...

Soft Skills: Maintain a Positive Attitude
Having a positive attitude does not mean you are dismissive of problems and concerns, while others who are pessimistic or downbeat are more mature and realistic in the face of undesirable circumstances. A positive attitude is driven ...

Find Moments for Movement to Stay Fit
Research has shown that sitting at a desk most of the day can take a toll on your health. For this reason, some health experts call long-term sitting “the new smoking.” Stand-up desks and even expensive treadmill-desks have been introduced to ....

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

New Web Site for Employee Newslettters at WorkplaceNewsletters.com

The newest Web site to hit the Internet to promote Employee Newsletters, Supervisor Newsletters and the wellness, productivity, and management skills these devices can deliver is called WorkplaceNewsletters.com.

Each of newsletter products at WorkplaceNewsletters.com is also available in Spanish.

A more formal looking corporate health and wellness newsletter called "Work Life Excel" uses the same content as the FrontLine Employee newsletter but it is designed for businesses where management cares a lot about "looks." Unlike the other publications, it is not editable.

You can download free information packages on any of these newsletter products or the publisher will be happy to send you an information package by request from -- email the publisher.  WorkplaceNewsletters.com and actually use the product free with no bill or invoice. Just phone or email the publisher to say you would like to continue and you will get another 14 months for your first year -- almost a year and half of employee newsletter content sent monthly.

WorkplaceNewsletters.com has a philosophy about newsletter management, productivity, and impact that they have developed over 27 years. Many newsletter once competitors of these specific products have long since bellied up, but this one site rocks on.

WorkplaceNewsletters.com is owned by DFA Publishing and Consulting, LLC founded by Dan Feerst, an industrial social worker and veteran EAP provider and nationally known author.

Feerst's newsletter philosophy includes a couple dozen elements, discovered via the school of hard knockes.

1) Two Page Newsletters Deliver More Impact
Grab a calculator and you will discover than a monthly employee newsletter of two pages is 50% more content per year than a quarterly four page newsletter.

The quarterly employee newsletter is a sheepishly infrequent rate of distribution. It's almost an apology. Employees need more and want more personal help for the problem they face at home and at work, but many workforce management professionals have a mistaken idea that "employee already have too much to read" so, giving them less is much better. Hello!? Not personal wellness material.

WorkplaceNewsletters.com has a few words to say about this dynamic. First, a two-page newsletter properly configured will get read more completely than a four page employee newsletter because the latter takes more time to read, and the opportunity for distraction predicts putting the 4-pager down before that last article is read. Employees gobble through two-page newsletters, but there are a few secrets to making them more effective -- larger titles, shorter copy, and action-oriented content without a lot of filler content. Short copy is more inviting. When employees see long feature articles in a newsletter, the reaction is "I don't have time to read this." The truth however is that visual attractiveness to short articles are more inviting.

2) No Fluff, To-the-Point Content
Newsletter articles with no fluff and with content that quickly gets to the point of the article have more use to employees, tend to be fully read, and don't bore the reader. Employees get more from articles of this type and are likely to return to future issues of the newsletter to continue their relationship with it.

Newsletters that turn off employees with long text, lost of filler words,  and little new information are not just left unread....they are refused in future issues.

The newsletter is rejected by a silent majority who don't read it. This syndrome is the last thing you want to have happen to your company newsletter.

To make your newsletter articles exciting author them without discrimination as to word content. Then as a matter of practice chop them down to 135 to 235 words.

Most of my articles run about these lengths. Some at 80 words, one usually at 250, but the rest are around 125 words or so. You will be surprised how much can be conveyed in an article of this length.

3. 100% edit-ability - coming soon

4. Never Late

5. Family Wellness Included

6. Productivity Tips - coming soon

7. Avoid the Political and Controversial - coming soon

8. Frequency--Publisher Monthly

9. Subscriber Input - coming soon

10. Delve Deeper Content - coming soon

11. No Bills or Invoices for Free Trials - coming soon

12. Licensed Professionals in Mental Health Authorship - coming soon

13. Web or Print Usability - coming soon

14. 12-Topic Focus During Year - coming soon

15. No Lengthy Content - coming soon

16. No Recipes or Jokes - coming soon

17. Tiered Pricing for Companies - coming soon

18. Discounts on Other Products for Subscribers - coming soon

19. EAP - and Push to Help Content - coming soon

20. Management Customer, Employee Consumer Model - coming soon

21. Readability and Elimination of Purple Prose - coming soon

22. 24/7 Easy Access to Publishers and Authors - coming soon

23. Permission to Reprint and Web Use - coming soon

24. Mental Health Workforce Management Experts vs. Medical Doctors - coming soon

25. 100% Money Back Guaranteed through the last issue -- one full year. - coming soon

26. Action-focused content- coming soon

27. Do's, Don'ts, Tips, What to Do, How to Do, Try This, and Resource Links  - coming soon

28. Written to Reduce Risk- coming soon

29. Authored to Encourage Employees to Use the EAP or See Help
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30. Multiple Editable and Usable Formats

31. Elimination of Copyright Mark

32. Interchangeable Articles

33. Diversity and Upbeat Photos, No Matter the Problem

34. We make you look good...you're early each month, and never late. You will look like a genius, blue ribbon, outstanding worker

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Using a Company or Wellness Newsletter to Increase Awareness About Binge Drinking


I think it is a smart idea to include information about alcohol abuse in your company's
binge drinking is a bigger problem than many companies understand.
workplace wellness and productivity newsletter (WWPN.)

A recent study found that binge drinking is not just a problem with the college-aged crowd. It’s more common among all adults than anyone thought. Beyond your company newsletter, don't be shy about actually educating employees or even making it mandatory to have employees attend an education class about this problem. You can find an "Avoid Alcohol Abuse and Binge Drinking Awareness Program" here.

Although daily drinking has long been the perception of someone struggling with alcohol, we should expand our scope to weekend warriors who consume booze quickly on their days off.


One in six Americans, according to the new study, participate in binge drinking once a week, while one in five claimed binges over the past year. The research also found that binge drinkers are consuming a lot more alcohol than previously thought, with an estimated 470 drinks per year per binge drinker! Weekly binge drinkers were found to average seven drinks per drinking session.

Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks in a two-hour period for men and four drinks for women. The new research affirmed what we will believe, the biggest age group who binge drink is people between the ages of 18 and 34. However, more than half of binge drinkers are over 35. Education and income level also is a factor, with less educated and lower-income drinkers reporting more drinks consumed.

Another concern is that the research used self-reporting data. People tend to under-report during self-reporting, creating a likely chance that most binge drinkers hit the sauce even harder. Four out of five drinks were reported to have been consumed by men, but researchers believe that women under-reported their drinking and that men tend to drink more.

Researchers say that half of the 88,000 deaths reported in the U.S. related to alcohol can be linked to binge drinking. In addition to accidents, binge drinkers die of liver and heart disease, as well as cancer, all conditions linked to alcohol abuse.

Managers with DOT supervisor training and reasonable suspicion training need to understand the long-term problems associated with binge drinking and encourage their organization to include measures to detect it.

Although employees may not drink at work, the health consequences can be detrimental to both the worker and your organization.

Frequent alcohol education can help. Strategies to help employees slow down their drinking can be helpful. Workers need to know that it’s important to drink on a full stomach and stay hydrated. They can do this by drinking alcohol with water or soda.

Drinkers may believe that energy drink mixer help negate alcohol’s effects, but what it does is mask them, allowing the drinker to consume even more booze. Workers should consider not drinking alcohol with energy drinks.

WorkExcel.com has other drug and alcohol awareness programs as well. You will find much more at our drug and alcohol training department online.
 
#reasonablesuspiciontraining #bingedrinkingawareness #springbreak

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Helping Employee Manage Stress Using Your Employee Newsletter

Do you refer to your internal communication organ as a company newsletter, wellness newsletter, company newsletter, staff newsletter?

It doesn't make much difference, but the most critical goal of having such a publication is
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getting it read. Unfortunately, company news won't do it. But, of course, your own news its crucial to the entire goal.

To get your newsletter read, be sure to regularly include stress management tips and goal achievement articles for employees to read. Stress management, I would like to argue is less important than personal goal achievement.

Employees want to have less stress, but not many employees want to work at it. They just want it to go away. Techniques and tactics to help manage stress are fantastic for newsletters. Be sure to have them. But some approaches to managing stress can be perceived as work to employees, and this can undermine your newsletter.

In my experience, tips for achieving goals are for more delicious, fun, exciting, and satisfy the craving employees have to improve their lives and be happier. Here is one such article:

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Goal Achievement: Don't Break the Chain
Writing a book is considered one of the most difficult challenges by most people, but there are books, Web sites, and clever tactics that help guide would-be authors in how to be successful at it. All have one thing in common: writing a little bit, everyday. This concept is called “not breaking the chain.” It’s a motivational construct that can also help you complete a goal that can easily fall prey to procrastination. Whether it’s finishing the knitting of a sweater or completing a dissertation for a Ph.D., “not breaking the chain” is both a visual prompt and behavioral key to arriving at your goal. This metaphor or cue for action can help you bridge the gap between needing something done that you seriously desire and the lack of feeling motivated to do it—which is the definition of procrastination. Whether it’s spending three minutes working on your goal or a full day, don’t break the chain.


Employees want less stress, but more than that, they want to happier. They want information that will excite them to take action. Make sense?

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Employee Newsletter Articles Teasers for January 2019

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Enthusiasm Is Contagious
We all want to work around people who are enthusiastic. Like all attitudes—even negative ones—enthusiasm is contagious. Enthusiasm’s ability to buoy others makes it a soft skill valued by employers. You can’t fake enthusiasm. So how do you maintain real enthusiasm when stress ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Online Gambling Addiction
Addiction to online gambling is a growing problem. Research shows it predominantly affects teens and young adults, particularly men. Although online gambling addiction and traditional gambling addiction are similarly diagnosed, the anywhere, anytime, out-of-sight aspect of online gambling via the internet ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Neurodiversity: A Word You Should Know
Neurodiversity refers to differences among employees regarding how they think and process information. Autistic persons and those with ADHD are examples of the neurodiverse. The world of work is rapidly seeking to accommodate and support these employees with broad programs of inclusiveness because of the strong value they  ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Stay Pumped about Your New Year’s Resolution
It’s the ultimate New Year’s resolution challenge—staying motivated. Could a counselor or EAP familiar with motivational interviewing techniques help? Motivational interviewing is a counseling technique that does not direct you, but leads you to find the compelling reasons and the big “why” of your goal or resolution so you feel compelled to act. You also explore the roadblocks  ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Empathy: Happier Customers, Less Stress
Direct customer service is known to be stressful. But there are customer service “tools” (ways of thinking and communicating) that can make this job easier and more rewarding. Upset customers, no matter the cause, have one thing in common: They want the pain to stop. The problem or need, even if unresolvable, always has another part—customer’s anger, agitation, or disappointment. Intervention calls for the skill of empathy. Empathy helps  ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Don’t Fear Criticism in the Workplace
It’s easier to give criticism than to accept it. However, openness to criticism can help advance your career. This is why the “ability to accept criticism” is frequently a part of performance reviews. Make accepting criticism easier by understanding that defensiveness is like a “mental reflex.” It naturally rejects criticism. The key is mastering control over this impulse. Do so by  ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Good for the Heart, Good for the Brain
If you do a lot of sitting and get little physical exercise, you are naturally at risk for cardiovascular disease, especially if you are over 55. New research shows that within six months of participating in a commonsense, aerobic exercise program you will experience improved cognitive functions—meaning better brain health. These include increased attention span, the ability to stay focused, better decision-making, improved working memory, better planning, and the  ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Resolving Relationship Problems at Work
Are you tolerating a difficult workplace relationship? Thorny relationships are often tolerated because switching job functions or leaving is not an option. If this sounds like you, it’s time to discuss your situation with an EAP, counselor, or job coach. People conflicts are the most common complaints of workers, but the fewest for which help is sought. The reason: Thinking it’s hopeless. Numerous strategies exist for  ...learn more FrontLine Employee.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Can You Teach Your Employees to Smile with Your Employee Newsletter?

Before you say that I have gone off the deep-end with the suggestion that you should teach your employees to smile, and that you can influence them to do so with an employee newsletter, let's dive into the importance of smiling just a bit.

Do you remember how your grade school teacher or dance instructor shouted, "Smile everyone! SMILE!" during rehearsal? Of course you could not remember to do it very well, but there was a reason for it all.The purpose was to lift the mood of the audience, influence their positive reception, and make your act or dance more attractive and successful. And of course, you completely forgot to smile on performance day! No matter. You got the applause.

Did you know that the ability to smile is a soft skill? This means automatically that there is a business proposition to discuss. Knowing that it is important to smile, when to do it, and with whom and how long is inextricably entwined with emotional intelligence at work.

Employees who have conscious control over the ability to smile on cue, as needed, will have a huge impact on their customers, coworkers, and observant managers. All of this affects the bottom line. How can this be complicated? It sounds like a no-brainer.


On the other hand, employees who do not smile are quickly judged by customers as unfriendly, depressed, less helpful, bored, or angry at the customer or the job they have serving the customer.

It is plain to see that a lack of smiling and along with it, acting pleasant is something we can learn more about and gain an increased awareness for in order to consciously influence others around us.


Imagine the Rockettes of New York fame not smiling or Disney World employees appearing grumpy. Would these businesses be successful today? Probably not.

Research shows a smile is a powerful lever with big returns, even financial ones. You can’t fake a smile for very long, so it must be fueled by a positive disposition, a desire to serve, and a belief in what you are doing.

To smile more often, an absolute must is reading what it will do for you.

Start with http://www.wikihow.com/Smile. You’ll quickly develop a smile-a-lot mind-set. Practice smiling using jokes or happy thoughts as anchors. This gives you leverage to smile more naturally. You’ll soon find yourself smiling more at work.

By the way, ignore the naysayers. You will find contrarian article that discuss not smiling too much because of how you will be seen by others -- naive, annoying, immature, and brown-nosing. Ignore it all. The payoffs for conscious smiling are far greater than the negatives, and you can always go backwards to modify your how and when.

Use the following content in your employee newsletter article:

Imagine the Rockettes not smiling or Disney World employees appearing grumpy. Would these businesses be successful today? Research shows a smile is a powerful lever with big returns, even financial ones. You can’t fake a smile for very long, so it must be fueled by a positive disposition, a desire to serve, and a belief in what you are doing. To smile more often, an absolute must is reading what it will do for you. Start with http://www.wikihow.com/Smile. You’ll quickly develop a smile-a-lot mind-set. Practice smiling using jokes or happy thoughts as anchors. You’ll soon find yourself smiling more at work.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

December 2018 Employee Newsletter Articles for Companies - Click the Button to Download a Starter Kit

Here are the employee newsletter articles for the month of December 2018. Subscribe to FrontLine Employee newsletter here and never have a late newsletter or one that bores employees, and that you can rename, edit, amend, and finally...never have to say, "Yeah, we had a newsletter once a while back but no one could keep up with it."

New Physical Activity Guidelines
The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention has released its updated “Physical Activity
Guidelines for Americans.” Only 26% of men, 19% of women, and 20% of adolescents meet these . . .

Research: Social Media Causes Depression
There has been quite a bit of research on the adverse impacts of social media on well-being. The most recent research focused on Facebook, Instagram, and ...

Avoid Drugged and Drunk Driving
During December 2016, 3,077 people died in vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S. One-fourth were related to drunk driving. The stretch between Christmas and New Year’s is particularly dangerous, with 300 people dying in ...

Dependable Workers Are Valued
The need to be dependable at work is obvious, but there’s a lot to it. All bosses have a feel for how dependable their individual employees are. These workers are prized because supervisors don’t have to ....

Hard-Won Secrets of Outstanding Workers
Some outstanding work habits take decades and hard knocks to learn. Practice these work habits and watch your indispensability grow. 1) Do more than what’s asked. How to do it: When given an assignment. .. 

Healing Relationships with Honest Conversations
When family and couple communication problems are left unaddressed, they get worse. Habits of impatience, interrupting, refusing to listen, and poor empathy—they can all create ...
 
Free the Clutter that Binds You
Everyone reacts to work space clutter differently. Some employees even report working more effectively around a bit of it. But if that is not you, realize that research exists to explain clutter’s effect ...

Avoiding Overspending on Holiday Gifts
To prevent overspending during the holidays, first decide how much you want to spend. Take time early in the season to create a list of those for whom you ...
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Hard-Won Secrets of Outstanding Workers


Some outstanding work habits take decades and hard knocks to learn. Practice these work habits and watch your indispensability grow. 1) Do more than what’s asked. How to do it: When given an assignment, put yourself in the boss’ shoes. Use empathy. For example, ask, “What will management above my boss additionally want in this report that was not requested?” 2) Avoid more mistakes. How to do it: Don’t ignore the small voice of warning in your head that says, “I better get clarification on…,” “Better check on…,” “I should inform my boss about….” 3) Take action to solve problems others ignore. How to do it: When you spot a problem that needs to be fixed, claim the high ground and create a solution or initiate the process if others are needed to participate. 4) Practice positivity. How to do it: No one feels happy all the time, but make a positive attitude your calling card. It will be remembered more easily than your name will. 5) Systematize and organize. How to do it: Create systems to save time and reduce repeating time-consuming tasks. This frees you for greater productivity, improved energy, and less fatigue. 6) Maintain a neat and orderly work area or office that greets you with a “smile” when you arrive at work. You’ll feel more energetic as you start your day.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Help Employees Make Decisions to Improve Workplace Productivity


Write articles on decision making to help workers, help your company, and increase workplace productivity. You'll discover a ton of content on how to make decisions and no end in your employees' interest in learning more about it. 

Human decision making has been going on for a thousands years. However, wise decision making, although teachable, is still learned by most people through the school of hard knocks.

Over time you learn that decision A is better than decision B, even though at first glance decision B looks like a sure bet. Use this article for your current newsletter.
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Make Better Decisions
Don't burned with bad decisions if you can help it. Instead find formulas that get you to right answers quicker. Here is one such formula: Get better outcomes with your decisions using these tried and true tips and techniques: (1) Don’t use all emotion/feelings or pure logic in every decision. Instead, consider whether a blend of emotion and logic is best for the decision facing you. Blending these “tools” often produces more satisfying outcomes. (2) With every decision, consider: Is this my decision to make or someone else’s? Can this decision be made gradually, or must it be made immediately? Who is affected by the decision? (3) Think of alternatives and imagine all the choices by brainstorming, and asking “Where can I find more information so I know all my alternatives?” (4) Ask, “Which alternative best matches my values?” In other words, which choice is consistent with what you believe is important, right, and wrong. (5) Imagine what outcome will ensue from each alternative. (6) Decide and act. Putting off necessary decisions often produces more difficult choices later.
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