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.
Spring is on the way and it’s time to plan your communications for March. Timely topics include a clock change, tax season, and FSA deadlines. Throughout March, celebrate Women’s History Month and focus on health and wellness themes such as nutrition, sleep, and cancer prevention.
Here's our breakdown of 7 topics we recommend communicating to your employees in March.
1. Time Change
Now that many smart phones and other connected devices automatically update the time, it’s easy to forget about the time change. In the first week of the month, remind employees to set their old-school clocks and watches an hour forward on Sunday, March 8. That way they’ll be on time for work on Monday!
Sample Content: Don't forget to spring forward this Sunday
2. Tax Information
Tax season is in full swing, and all employees should have received their 1095-C and W-2 statements by now. Let them know who they should contact if they haven’t received their tax forms yet, and provide a few friendly tips about filing their taxes.
3. FSA deadline - March 15, 2020
If employees have a remaining balance in their 2019 Dependent Care FSA, they still have time to use it. Let them know that most FSAs allow you to use your 2019 funds for any eligible expenses you incur through March 15, 2020 – as long as you submit claims by April 15, 2020. You cannot carry over any remaining balance from 2019 after the March 15 grace period. Now is the time to use it or lose it.
4. Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month. This is a chance to recognize women’s contributions to your industry and celebrate the women at your company. Sunday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, as well as a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
Sample Content: Happy International Women's Day!
5. National Nutrition Month
Good nutrition helps reduce the risk of many diseases, including obesity, heart disease, and some cancers, according to the CDC. Learning healthy eating habits doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Celebrate National Nutrition Month in March with tips about small changes to improve nutrition. This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite,” which supports the philosophy that every little bit (or bite!) of nutrition is a step toward better health.
Sample Content: March is National Nutrition Month, Nutrition Challenge: Add an egg!, Nutrition Challenge: Give new grains a try, Nutrition Challenge: Sneak in a fruit or vegetable, Nutrition Challenge: Add a side of fruit
6. World Sleep Day
Sleep is an important part of your health and well-being. World Sleep Day is March 13, 2020. Raise awareness about the importance of healthy sleep and highlight your company’s sponsored wellness programs, like Redbrick or Rally Health, especially if they have sleep challenges.
7. Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is expected to cause more than 53,000 deaths in 2020, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news is early detection and improved treatment options have helped improve survival rates in recent years. This month, highlight the importance of preventive care screening, which catches cancers such as colon cancer.
That’s our recommendation for what to communicate in March. We hope this saved you some time so you can get out and enjoy the first signs of spring.
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