November is almost here and that means it's time to plan your communications for the month. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but there’s more than just turkey and dressing to communicate about this month. The Great American Smokeout is coming up, it’s “Movember,” and as always, there are national awareness campaigns to promote. Here’s our breakdown of 6 topics we recommend communicating to your employees in November.
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1. Time Change
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3rd. Remind employees to set their clocks back one hour.
Sample Content: Time Change
2. Great American Smokeout
According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is the largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world, leading to an estimated 480,000 deaths each year. The Great American Smokeout on November 21st is an opportunity for people who smoke to commit to healthy, smoke-free lives. Use this event to encourage your employees to make a plan to quit smoking and highlight resources available to help them.
Sample Content: Great American Smokeout
No, that’s not a typo! Movember is an event that encourages men to grow a moustache in November to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Support the conversation by telling your employees about the Movember movement and offering ways to get involved.
Sample Content: Movember
4. Adoption Awareness Month
Adoption Awareness Month aims to raise awareness for all adoption-related issues, but has a special focus on the adoption of children in foster care. According to Adopt US Kids, there are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. Share information on foster parenting with your employees to help support this issue.
Sample Content: Adoption Awareness Month
5. Diabetes Awareness Month
According to the CDC, over 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t know they have it. Take time to educate employees on the risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes and the steps they can take to lower their risk.
Sample Content: Diabetes Awareness Month
6. Thanksgiving Wellness Tips
Thanksgiving is about spending time with loved ones and taking time to appreciate what we have. But for many, Thanksgiving can also mean stressful travel days and unhealthy eating. Help employees stay on track and have a smoother holiday by sharing travel and wellness tips. It’s also a good idea to remind employees if the office will be closed for Thanksgiving.
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