Oh! Those January Blues ……

Helping your employees to beat the January Blues

The dismal weather combined with struggling bank balances and weight gain after the Christmas frivolities means that it is hardly surprising that the most depressing day of the year falls in January – Blue Monday. January is also noted as the most popular month of the year for employees to change jobs.

As we approach the end of the festivities and head towards the new year, we thought we would look at how you can retain your team, motivate them and help them fend off the January Blues.

It is important to remember that a one size fits all approach to motivation is never likely to work, just as you should remember that the cause of one person’s January Blues may be very different to another’s. Here are some of our suggestions for having a happy and healthy work force in January:

1. Thank the employees for their hard work in the previous year. You may feel you have said thank you by throwing a big “Christmas do” or giving them presents, bonuses …. or even by the very simple thanks for your efforts this year. But consider thanking your employees upon their return, remind them that their efforts the previous year were appreciated. This can also be an opportunity for you to review the previous year with your team – what went wrong, more importantly what went right and what can we do to be even better the next year.

2. Consider setting new Organisational objectives or look to set a new Company milestone for everyone to pull together and work towards. This could be strategic or how about considering an objective that makes everyone feel good – maybe now is the time to choose your charity of the year? Giving people a goal to work towards should help your team stay motivated.

3. Boredom and lack of direction can be a key factor coupled with a “new year, new me” can be what spurs many employees on to look for another job. Use this renewed impetus as an opportunity to understand individual’s ambitions, review their objectives and look at the opportunities for them to develop and progress and match this to the business’ overall objectives.

4. Think about your employees’ health and wellbeing, albeit it will already be on the minds of many when they return, embarking on their new year weight loss and fitness campaigns, how can you help them? This could be anything from providing healthy snacks and encouraging your employees to leave their desks to get some exercise, to discounted gym membership and offering flu jab vouchers, how about looking at your flexible benefits packages? There are lots of benefits packages out there suitable for small to medium organisations.

5. Ensure communications are effective and that openness is encouraged, keep in mind that employees’ mental health well-being is as important as their physical well-being and offering a supportive environment where open communication is encouraged can significantly help employees who are suffering with mental ill health. Remember for some employees this may be something more than the January Blues.

6. End the month on a high point, consider arranging a team activity for the end of the month. This will give everyone something to look forward to in a month where normally there is little going on and, who knows, maybe it will help your employees dread January that little bit less next year.

Regardless of the size or objective of your organisation making just a few of these changes may help in engaging and motivating your team not just for January but for the rest of the year. In turn, this will lead to a happier and more productive workforce which can only be good for everyone!

For more information on staff engagement, motivation and well-being why not get in touch today.

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