Did the deadline to enroll in benefits already pass? Where do I find information on open internal positions? That company sponsored volunteer day must be coming up, right? There’s no doubt someone sent an initial email or posted this information on your company’s intranet, but employees either missed or overlooked it. So, why is this happening, and how can it be improved?
Perhaps the issue is lack of employee engagement; after all a recent Gallup Poll suggests 51 percent of the U.S. workforce is not engaged. If you believe lack of engagement is the sole reason employees keep missing internal news and it is what it is, stop reading, and pray for a miracle to fix your internal messaging strategy.
Still here? Be forewarned that our solution to “how do I ensure employees at all levels in our organization are aware of important company news?” isn’t sexy, but it’s proven. And no, it’s not an app! To cut down on those pesky one-off emails and streamline comms, we’ve helped several clients launch a timely and conversational e-newsletter with great results. Think theSkimm for internal company news. The newsletter mixes important info, written in a fun, whimsical manner, with human interest content (i.e., employee profiles, volunteering recaps, etc.) that employees are likely to read. Combining the two increases the likelihood that employees don’t overlook news about deadlines and initiatives. Regardless, employees have one communication that they can refer back to as they have questions throughout the week. Each piece of summarized content also contains a link to the company’s intranet or internal blog, if the employee wants a deeper dive.
Still dubious about the effectiveness of an e-newsletter? The analytics we track affirm the positive client feedback. We’re able to track total newsletter opens, most popular newsletter links and more. A number of affordable newsletter providers, such as MailChimp, Constant Contact and Drip, make it easier than ever to quickly produce and distribute templated, well-designed e-newsletters. Over time, employees will come to appreciate receiving internal news at the same time each week via the same delivery tool. No more hollow, hodgepodge messaging delivered randomly (clogging up inboxes) throughout the week.
Whether you are just beginning to think about an e-newsletter or have one in place that needs a facelift, we can help you put a process in place that engages employees and cuts down on needless email.