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Submitted by williamelledgepe on


Should I publish a newsletter for staff?

One of my supervisors would like to publish a newsletter that discusses the various things happening in his section. I have never done this before and am looking for some guidance. Admittedly, I am a bit reticent - but not sure why. I'm not sure what the purpose is - other than a mode of consistent, broad communication. It is an opportunity to remind everyone of the really cool things happening in his Section - or my Branch for that matter. I would want to keep it short so it doesn't detract from project time. Some staff will surely ignore it, but other may get something out of it. If we do it - it must be done well.

Has anyone done this and seen the effect (positive, negative, or neutral)?

What would (or should) be the objective?

JustHere's picture

Let your staff have some fun with this. Dont let the newsletter be the most important thing they are doing, but if they want to do it, I say go for it - it's about taking ownership in what they do.  Many people want to do less work, not more - so as long as it's organized and relevant, allow their creativity, energy, and ownership to flow.

mrreliable's picture

"It seemed like a good idea at the time."

I was involved in creating a newsletter. It was great, well-received, and seemed like a big success back then.

The problem was that over time the flow of new, interesting topics slowed down, and business picked up. What began as a wonderful diversion ended up being a huge PIA and a source of dread. We ended up killing the newsletter because it morphed into an albatross around our necks.