6 Topics to Communicate to Employees in April

Every month, Airbo provides you with suggested topics to communicate to employees as part of your Annual Communications Plan. The topics are based on hundreds of data points regarding what our customers communicate each month of the year.

This is a difficult time for businesses and employees alike as we all face the COVID-19 pandemic . It’s more important than ever to continue with regular communication, especially now that many teams are working remotely for the first time. In April, we recommend sharing a mix of essential COVID-19 information, plus other timely topics to keep employees engaged and reminded of their usual routines.

1. National Stress Awareness Month

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Help employees find healthy ways to manage stress through wellness practices such as mediation and exercise. You can also use National Stress Awareness Month to let people know about your company’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Sample Content: Mindfulness Challenge: Use breathing to combat stress, Mindfulness Challenge: Take a self-compassion break, Benefit Spotlight: Employee Assistance Program, Is the EAP confidential?

2. Autism Awareness Month

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Many autism-friendly events and educational activities take place throughout April to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Differences,” which ties in with diversity and inclusion. Promote local events, suggest a donation to Autism Speaks (and remind them of corporate gift matching, if you have it), and definitely let people know if your company offers any Autism benefits and resources.

Sample Content: Autism Awareness Month, Light It Up Blue Day, Business Tip: Be tolerant, Featured Course: Communication Skills for Bridging Divides,

3. Taxes

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The IRS extended the federal deadline for filing and paying taxes to July 15, 2020, which can be confusing to employees. It's still a good idea to file taxes now because taxpayers who expect a refund can get their payments as soon as the return is processed.

Sample Content: UPDATE: IRS tax filing and payment deadlines now both pushed back 90 days, Budget Challenge: Save your unexpected cash, Benefits Spotlight: Financial counseling

4. Alcohol Awareness Month

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Invite employees to make a commitment to observe an alcohol-free weekend during Alcohol Awareness Month. This is the perfect time to spread awareness about resources for preventing alcohol misuse and abuse. Highlight wellness tips and workplace resources, like the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or how to earn incentives by completing the health risk assessment.

Sample Content: What is a health risk assessment?, What is an HSA qualified expense?, Budget Challenge: Have an alcohol-free weekend, Nutrition Challenge: Try mocktails, Benefit Spotlight: Employee Assistance Program, Is the EAP confidential?

5. National Financial Literacy Month

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Since April is National Financial Literacy Month, send your employees budget tips and workplace resources, such as savings plans, 401k, financial wellness resources, HAS, and more.

Sample Content: Benefits Spotlight: Financial counseling, Budget Challenge: The index card rule, Benefits Spotlight: Identity theft and credit protection insurance, Budget Challenge: Clean out your wallet, Budget Challenge: Set up alerts, Budget Challenge: Enlist an accountability partner to meet savings goals, Consolidate your plans

6. Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, a time to raise awareness about this issue and commit to keeping our roads safer. This is important if you have employees that are on the road driving company vehicles, or simply using their own cars to commute to work. Help keep them safe with reminders about how to avoid distracted driving.

Sample Content: Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Distracted Driving: Impairment, Pedestrian safety: Head up, phone down!

These are our recommendations for what to communicate in April. We hope this helped you plan ahead and get organized so you can easily keep in touch with employees, no matter where they’re working at the moment.

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