Help I need your opinion on a News Letter

J

JDaniel

#1
I have been given the task of creating a news letter. I'm in the QA department but we have Engineering, design review, training department for codes and standards and Engineering consulting branches as well. I guess my question is what would you all find interesting enough to read a news letter? Articles on planning? implementation? corrective action process? This news letter will not only be for our employees, it is supposed to be sent out to clients and prospective clients as well as a marketing tool to promote our Auditing services and other departments as well. As professionals in QA what would entice your attention to read a news letter? I would really like to hear from anyone. I'm the newest guy here and failure is not an option. Thanks


JDaniel.
 
Last edited by a moderator:
Elsmar Forum Sponsor

Ninja

Looking for Reality
Trusted Information Resource
#2
Re: Help I need your opinion on a company news letter

... I guess my question is what would you all find interesting enough to read a news letter? ....
Pictures of fellow employees.

I've never seen anyone read an article in a company newsletter for the content. They read it because they know the author, they read it to see if their boss misspelled something. They read the cartoons (so do I !).

The only article I would read on a regular basis is the one written by the head of my division about how the company is doing and how secure my job is. Then I would flip through and look at the pictures and cartoons.

If I wanted to read about planning, I would read from someone recognized in the field...not the weird guy in the cubicle up front.

Opinions and approaches vary...that's just mine...
 
J

JDaniel

#3
Re: Help I need your opinion on a company news letter

Interesting feed back. What would you like to read in a newsletter that was not just internal to your company? If you were able to subscribe to it?
 

Ninja

Looking for Reality
Trusted Information Resource
#4
Re: Help I need your opinion on a company news letter

Hmmm, QA writing a newsletter to be sent out to clients as a marketing tool...

Someone didn't think that one through...:nope:
The "We just tripped over our tongues" warning alarm just starting ringing...

Make sure to run your ideas through sales and marketing, as well as every single future issue. Have them sign off on release of every issue...CYA

For the content, you might want to poll some of your customers (the nice ones) as to what might have value from their perspective.
 

TPMB4

Quite Involved in Discussions
#5
Re: Help I need your opinion on a company news letter

Similar that said above. All I would want to know is what work is coming my way and how secure my job is. If I worked for a big company I'd want to know about that big project we had just won which means more people being taken on or that job we lost and how it might mean X number of job losses in y department.

I would also like to know about a new product we had IF that product was something special and new and above all was interesting. I once worked for British Aerospace PLC as it was then called. So the new product back then was the Eurofighter prototype (was a long time ago now). Now that was interesting, they produced an "S Curve" showing survivability of it against all known threats. Which back then was the MiG29 I believe. The prototype had a survivability of 0.997 or rather it would survive an encounter with the MiG29 99.7% of the time. The best alternative was the US stealth fighter which had 0.999 (99.9% of the time) but if you took away the stealth it would have been less than the EFA prototype.

Anyway, as you can tell that piece in their newsletter made an impact on me because it was interesting to a 16 year old kid with a tendency to like facts, figures and high level of information (NERD/Geek).

Other than that I would actually say the newsletter would not interest me. Afterall most information of interest to employees tends to get out through the grapevine anyway. Anything else is not really of interest. Sorry if this sounds negative I am just being honest about my views. I wish you well on this as it is probably more difficult than most people realise.
 
M

mguilbert

#6
Re: Help I need your opinion on a company news letter

I would focus on one or the other. It is hard to meet both employee needs and marketing needs.

For the employee newsletter, I would establish a suggestion box for articles. This allows you to get employee input. Always use one article suggestion in the newsletter with the employees name who suggested it. This will give employees ownership and the set up a sense of pride that someone actually read the suggestion and used it. Also do not fill your employee newsletter with company news. That is boring. Include some of the activities and charities that individual employees are involved in. For example bike rides for charity. The parts I would include in an employee newsletter are Safety tips and concerns, cartoons, charts, health tips, etc. Be sure to include many images including photos & charts. People including management love pictures. That is charts are so popular instead of a wordy paper about the data.

As far as marketing, I am no marketing person so take this with a grain of salt. Include sustainablity items-energy reductions, raw material reductions, employee turn over rates, charitable work (company and employees), new products, how your product performs compared with competitors.
 
J

JDaniel

#7
I appreciate all feed back. I have thick skin, I need to I'm in QA. No feed back is negative to me. It's either an opportunity for improvement or it's not. Thanks
 
B

Bill Pflanz

#8
Have you asked the person who gave you the task what they want? If they don't have any specific ideas than it may not make a difference what is in it. You would then be forced to guess and hope they don't object.
 
J

JDaniel

#9
My task is to let people know that we have certified lead auditors and that we provide QA services like auditing, manual and associated document writing to ISO, NCA4000/NQA-1, N285, N286 and Z299.
 
Last edited by a moderator:
P

PaulJSmith

#10
I agree with others, in that it doesn't seem like a task best applied to Quality. That being said, since you are tasked with it nonetheless, I would start by researching what other companies in your field (or similar fields) are doing with their newsletters. You can start there, then modify it as you get feedback from the readers and your management.

Our newsletter is geared towards our customers, current and prospective, and is written by our Sales Manager.
 
Last edited by a moderator:
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
U Need Help With API Q2 Quality Manual Oil and Gas Industry Standards and Regulations 8
D Need some Help on 8D fault tree analysis Problem Solving, Root Cause Fault and Failure Analysis 6
K Screen printing ink and machine selection_ Need help Manufacturing and Related Processes 6
J Need Help with FPY Data in Assembly Process Manufacturing and Related Processes 7
S Need help on "Country of Origin" Medical Device and FDA Regulations and Standards News 0
M Need Help With Information Security Asset Risk Register IEC 27001 - Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) 2
C ISO/ IEC 17021 Resource requirement (need help) Document Control Systems, Procedures, Forms and Templates 5
SocalSurfer AS9100 new certificate, but need QMS software, help Quality Assurance and Compliance Software Tools and Solutions 2
S Need help with analysing a survey on minitab Using Minitab Software 1
K A proposal for the model Quality Management - I need help for the project ISO 9000, ISO 9001, and ISO 9004 Quality Management Systems Standards 3
R Probability - Need a help to solve the below question Statistical Analysis Tools, Techniques and SPC 5
8 Need Help - Runout - Function Gage Inspection, Prints (Drawings), Testing, Sampling and Related Topics 7
S New to FAIR, need help in filling it out AS9100, IAQG, NADCAP and Aerospace related Standards and Requirements 8
R Pls help --- Need expert advice on Video Measurement Measurement Uncertainty (MU) 0
Ajit Basrur Need help to understand HIPAA requirements ISO 13485:2016 - Medical Device Quality Management Systems 17
Z I need help with getting a CFS in China Manufacturing and Related Processes 2
S Need help wrapping my head around confidence vs beta error Statistical Analysis Tools, Techniques and SPC 2
P Received a minor for not having good measureables/goals. Need help with KPIs. IATF 16949 - Automotive Quality Systems Standard 52
A Failed the AS9120B Exam Twice.....Need Help AS9100, IAQG, NADCAP and Aerospace related Standards and Requirements 11
Ajit Basrur Need help in Conditional Formatting for the entire row Excel .xls Spreadsheet Templates and Tools 3
H Need help on Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) Quality Tools, Improvement and Analysis 5
S Help: Need Control Self Assessment Questionnaire for HR Departmental Functions Process Audits and Layered Process Audits 0
M Need help in Calibration of Directional Coupler General Measurement Device and Calibration Topics 2
L Need HELP with Internal Audit Program ISO 13485.2003 Quality Management System (QMS) Manuals 3
J Supporting Processes - Internal Audits - Need help settling a debate IATF 16949 - Automotive Quality Systems Standard 4
A Cpk Formula seems off, need help!? Capability, Accuracy and Stability - Processes, Machines, etc. 11
A Need Help With AEA Auditor Related Situational Questions AS9100, IAQG, NADCAP and Aerospace related Standards and Requirements 1
E Transformer Overload Test - Need help IEC 60601 - Medical Electrical Equipment Safety Standards Series 3
C I Need Help with Drafting Conventions!!! Design and Development of Products and Processes 4
M Need help on QMS Development in an AS9100C certified organization AS9100, IAQG, NADCAP and Aerospace related Standards and Requirements 10
R Need Help on Analysis: How to know potential causality model from historical data Problem Solving, Root Cause Fault and Failure Analysis 5
B Need help tracking training for my business Quality Assurance and Compliance Software Tools and Solutions 3
B Need help with a Control Plan for Encapsulation Mold / Trimming / Forming Tooling FMEA and Control Plans 9
S I need help from all of you bros Oil and Gas Industry Standards and Regulations 1
LRE67 Need help identifying this "thing" Coffee Break and Water Cooler Discussions 9
G Need help on Device Description in the Acceptance Checklist for Traditional 510(k) Other US Medical Device Regulations 2
K Need help finding a book on Documentation Book, Video, Blog and Web Site Reviews and Recommendations 8
J Need help/advice on video editing software etc..... Coffee Break and Water Cooler Discussions 8
L Need Help with Case Study Questions Manufacturing and Related Processes 16
W Help explaining the need for the Process Approach AS9100, IAQG, NADCAP and Aerospace related Standards and Requirements 4
Ron Rompen Unusual problem with Excel - Need some help Excel .xls Spreadsheet Templates and Tools 7
S Need help on new TS 16949 Rules IATF 16949 - Automotive Quality Systems Standard 5
M Need help with Network Analyzers and which DUT can be Calibrated with it Calibration and Metrology Software and Hardware 2
R Need help on defining scope for Design Verification File for Class III IVD 21 CFR Part 820 - US FDA Quality System Regulations (QSR) 8
N Need Help Preparing for Medical Device Quality Engineer Interview Career and Occupation Discussions 2
B Need help on an application we are working on Coffee Break and Water Cooler Discussions 4
S Need help with Project Charter for my Six Sigma Green Belt Project Six Sigma 1
Q Need help on MSA study on a torque analyzer Gage R&R (GR&R) and MSA (Measurement Systems Analysis) 3
B Need help in adding second location to FDA Registration Other US Medical Device Regulations 4
T A survey on problems during ISMS implementation - need help IEC 27001 - Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) 2

Similar threads

Top Bottom