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Employee newsletter ideas for September

Kelsey Kingdon

As September arrives, it brings with it the first hints of fall! The leaves are starting to change, the weather begins to cool down, and the days are growing ever so shorter. It’s also a new season of possibilities and the perfect time to spruce up your employee newsletter. But don’t worry! You won’t have to spend the entire fall season coming up with ideas for your next team email. We’ve researched all the holidays, observances, content ideas, and themes to help you create a delightful September employee newsletter for your team!

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September 2024 holidays and observances

Bonus: Download this internal comms content calendar to help you organize your content and messaging so you can communicate with your employees and drive engagement.

Note: Some of these days hold special cultural and/or religious significance or are observances of sensitive topics, so if you choose to refer to them in your employee newsletters, remember to be thoughtful, intentional, and considerate. Holidays + observances are listed in alphabetical order.

Daily holidays and observances in September

September 1: World Letter Writing Day
September 2: Labor Day, World Coconut Day
September 3: National Skyscraper Day
September 4: Eat an Extra Dessert Day, National Wildlife Day
September 5: International Day of Charity, National Cheese Pizza Day
September 6: Fight Procrastination Day, National 401(k) Day, National Coffee Ice Cream Day, National Food Bank Day (organize an office food drive), Read a Book Day (A perfect day to start a team book club! 📚)
September 7: International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, National Hummingbird Day, National Tailgating Day
September 8: Grandparents Day, International Literacy Day, National Dog Walker Appreciation Day, World Physical Therapy Day
September 9: International Sudoku Day
September 10: National Swap Ideas Day (Try organizing and implementing an employee club!), World Suicide Prevention Day
September 11: Patriot Day (9/11 Remembrance)
September 12: National Day of Encouragement
September 13: National Celiac Awareness Day, National Doodle Day, National Peanut Day, Positive Thinking Day, World Sepsis Day
September 14: National Coloring Day, National Live Creative Day
September 15: National Online Learning Day (send out online training courses to employees), World Lymphoma Awareness Day
September 16: National Guacamole Day, National Play-Doh Day
September 17: International Country Music Day, National IT Professionals Day, National Pet Bird Day, National Voter Registration Day, World Patient Safety Day
September 18: National Cheeseburger Day
September 19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 20: National Pepperoni Pizza Day, National String Cheese Day
September 21: International Coastal Cleanup Day, International Day of Peace, International Eat An Apple Day, National Dance Day, Oktoberfest begins (ends October 6), Responsible Dog Ownership Day, World Gratitude Day, World Alzheimer’s Day
September 22: Car-Free Day, Fall Equinox, National Elephant Appreciation Day, National Ice Cream Cone Day, World Rhino Day
September 23: International Day of Sign Languages, International Rabbit Day, National Checkers Day
September 24: National Punctuation Day, World Bollywood Day
September 25: National Cooking Day
September 26: National Dumpling Day, World Maritime Day
September 27: Ancestor Appreciation Day, National Scarf Day, Save the Koala Day, World Tourism Day
September 28: National Drink a Beer Day, National Ghost Hunting Day, National Good Neighbor Day, National Public Lands Day
September 29: International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (Encourage employees to review their pantry stock and organize a food drive!), World Heart Day
September 30 – End of Q3, International Podcast Day, International Translation Day, National Chewing Gum Day, National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (Canada), National Love People Day

Weekly holidays and observances in September

National Farm Animals Awareness Week (September 15-21)
National Payroll Week (September 2-6)
National Rehabilitation Awareness Week (September 16-22)
National Sea Otter Awareness Week (September 22-28)
National Suicide Prevention Week (September 8-14)
National Waffle Week (September 1-7)

Monthly holidays and observances in September

Baby Safety Month
Better Breakfast Month
Classical Music Month
Cleanup Month
Hispanic Heritage Month (ends October 15)
International Square Dancing Month
Library Card Sign-up Month
National Guide Dog Month
National Honey Month
National Self-Care Awareness Month
National Service Dog Month
National Recovery Month
Prostate Health Month
Save the Koala Month
Self-Improvement Month
World Alzheimer’s Month
World Candle Month

Seasonal topics for employee newsletters in September

International Podcast Day (September 30): Send a quick survey out for employees to submit their favorite podcasts. Feature staff picks and favorites in your employee newsletter! (Surveys can be embedded into emails with an employee communications tool like Workshop).

Labor Day Messages to Employees: As the first Monday in September approaches, so does Labor Day! It’s an excellent opportunity to show your employees you value their hard work and dedication. Here are five Labor Day email examples to help you get started!

Open enrollment messages to employees: If your organization’s open enrollment period is coming up, consider dedicating a row or section in your September employee newsletter to open enrollment prep and reminders for your team! We’ve created a list of sample open enrollment email templates that you can customize to fit your company’s specific needs! Plus, we’ve included a few recommended practices.

Bonus: With a tool like Workshop, you can segment your internal audiences and send your employees personalized information about benefits and plans! Send messaging based on whether the employee’s chosen plan is changing or not. Or segment your audience by location! Employees in different locations may have different benefit offerings or providers.

PTO Check: There’s only one quarter left for the year! Do you know if your employees are taking their well-earned vacation days? Research shows that taking time off benefits employees mentally, physically, and emotionally! And there are benefits as an employer, too, including a well-rested workforce, which increases employee productivity, retention, and morale!

Better Breakfast Month: In honor of Better Breakfast Month, collect employees’ favorite breakfast recipes and share them with the team! You could also host a breakfast bar for employees and include a few of the submitted favorite breakfast ideas!

National Online Learning Day (September 15): What better time to send employees training materials, webinars, and resources than on National Online Learning Day? Additionally, encourage managers to work with their team members to identify online courses or training they could participate in that helps them with their career goals!

End of Q3 Review: September marks both the beginning of fall and the end of the third quarter! Your September employee newsletter is a great opportunity to review key metrics and share how your team is tracking towards its goals for the year. You could also hold quarterly reviews with your employees so they know exactly how they are tracking against their goals!

Meeting agenda template
If you’re looking for inspiration for a meeting agenda email, look no further! You can use this template as inspiration or use it directly in Workshop

Employee newsletter tips & tricks

  • Gather employee feedback: Dig into some real employee feedback by including a quick employee engagement survey to ask employees if they find the information in your employee newsletters useful (Here are hundreds of other examples of employee survey questions.)
  • Add a few moments of delight: Hide something fun within the email itself. It’s a clever way to ‘gamify’ your newsletter and reward those who regularly read it! We have one customer who hides the company logo somewhere in the newsletter, and there’s a prize for the first five people who find it.
  • Share employees’ social media posts: If your employees share company news or highlights on their social media channels, share it with the team! Highlighting employee posts in your employee newsletters can encourage other team members to share! (Plus, it feels like a modern-day employee spotlight!)
  • Invite guest writers from the team: Consider having a section of your newsletter that features leadership or other team members giving updates or news about their department! 
  • Use internal newsletter software to help create engaging emails: A platform like Workshop allows you to create beautifully-designed emails, personalize your content (and audiences!), and measure the effectiveness of your campaigns through various analytics.

Next steps:

Download our Internal Comms Editorial Calendar: This sample internal comms editorial calendar will help you organize your content and messaging so you can communicate with your employees and drive engagement. It’s simple, streamlined, and totally customizable for your company’s needs.

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