6 Topics to Communicate in December

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

The holiday season is upon us and the new year is just around the corner. With benefit deadlines approaching and year-end housekeeping items to take care of, plus COVID-19 changes and a new administration starting in January, there’s a lot to keep organized! Here are the six topics we recommend communicating to employees in December.

1. FSA Deadline

FSA funds don’t rollover at the end of the year. Remind employees to use any remaining FSA funds by December 31st, so they don’t lose them.

Sample Content: FSA Deadline

2. COVID-19 Updates

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, we recommend sharing a mix of essential COVID-19 information and policy updates as they happen in real-time. Plus, its always good to send reminders to cover face and nose when in public and wash hands!

Sample Content: Face Coverings, Difference between flu and COVID-19, Do not come to work if you feel sick, and Reminder: Wash Your Hands

3. End-of-Year Office Reminders

Take care of end-of-year housekeeping items, like reminding employees about your PTO rollover policy and any days the office will be closed for the holidays. It’s also a good idea to announce the 2021 holiday calendar so employees can start making plans for next year.

Sample Content: PTO Rollover Policy, Office Closure, 2021 Holiday Calendar

4. 2021 Employee Communications Survey

As the year comes to a close, it’s a great time to start planning what you’d like to communicate in 2021. Send a quick survey to your employees to hear what topics they’d like to see in your communications next year.

Sample Content: Communication Survey

5. Timely Benefit Spotlights

In addition to changes with COVID-19, stress, loneliness, and financial strain can increase around the holidays. Remind employees about the Employee Assistance Program and how it can help if holiday stress becomes too much. It’s also an excellent time to highlight your telemedicine benefit since many people may travel for the holidays. Remind employees the benefit is available if they get sick away from home.

Sample Content: EAP Spotlight, Telemedicine Spotlight

6. Holiday Wellness Tips

The holiday season can be hectic. It can be challenging to keep spending in check and stay on track with healthy habits. Offer employees tips for managing their gift budget, tricks to avoid overindulging, and ideas for incorporating fitness into their holiday plans.

Sample Content: Budget Challenge, Healthy Holiday Eating, Fitness Challenge, Managing Holiday Stress

That’s our recommendation of what to communicate in December. We hope this saved you some time so you can get back to celebrating! We wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season.

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