To get ideas for a Human Resources newsletter, it's good to take a look at the job description for a human resources professional. A human resources manager is responsible for attracting, motivating, and retaining employees, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. By creating a snappy, attractive internal HR newsletter, you could succeed in doing all three.
Employee of the Month
Every company has great employees who deserve to be recognized for their achievements. By implementing an 'Employee of the Month' section in your HR newsletter, you'll be able to accomplish two things: one, publicly recognizing one of those great employees, and two, publicly displaying that you HR types aren't so bad after all and actually do recognize employees' good work. Use a question-and-answer format, or do a short biography on your employee of the month, highlighting what she does in the workplace to make herself so valuable, and include photos if possible.
New Hire Profile
Similar to the 'Employee of the Month,' the 'New Hire Profile' section of your HR newsletter allows you to put the spotlight on a great new hire you just brought into the company. If someone within the company referred that person to you, be sure to give them a mention in your newsletter. The recognition he got from being in the newsletter, or in another reader's case, the promise of that kind of recognition, might inspire your employees to pass along another great hire. This section also makes a new employee feel welcome and appreciated as he begins work at your company.
If you have those one or two employees who always tend to get their timesheets in late, or always forget to show up for a mandatory training session, a 'Friendly Reminders' section of your newsletter could be a helpful addition. This section, which could be as simple as a short list of bullet points with a happy graphic, can be a place to sound off about things people have been letting slip, without singling anyone out. The 'Friendly Reminders' could also be reminders about things like your Employee Assistance Plan or neighborhood employee discounts–any of the added perks of the job that employees may never have taken advantage of.
Part of an HR manager's job description is to improve the workplace for the health of the employees and the business. Whether you're starting from scratch and trying to decide what type of improvements to implement, or need guidance on the direction of an established project, survey questions in your next newsletter could give you some ideas. Ask employees a few direct questions, and provide them a place to respond to the questions anonymously.
After the initial hiring process, many employees' only need to interact with their HR department is to ask benefits questions. To reflect your commitment to keeping employees informed, dedicate a section of the newsletter to keeping them up-to-date on their health insurance and retirement plans. When things change, or are about to change, print the changes in the newsletter.
Add a small calendar to the newsletter, giving people a reminder of upcoming trainings, off days, pay days and other special days.
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