Motivating Employees through the Winter Blues
So the clocks went back, winter has well and truly set in with a weather bomb battering the country. The majority of your team have used up most/all of their holiday entitlement and we are on the last slog, with most of the Christmas festivities and break they are all looking forward to so close but yet so far.
The short winter days and darkness can lead to a dip in employee morale, mood changes, feelings of sluggishness and all of this could lead to work hours becoming less productive. So here are my top tips for giving your staff that boost without involving a trip to the Bahamas:
Make sure staff take some time away from their desk for at least 30 minutes each day and step outside. Natural sunlight can help lift moods and a short brisk walk can alleviate those sluggish feelings.
Encourage healthy food choices in the office staying hydrated and eating more fruits and vegetables can help battle the winter blues. Keep fresh water on hand in the office. (My team will laugh at this one as I am always the first up for a certain popular fast food burger and chips).
Change things – staff may become more motivated when their job roles are made a bit more interesting, give them a new project to focus on or a task they wouldn’t ordinarily undertake. Sometimes a simple move around in the office can be all that is needed to get employees to change where they sit in the office.
Give staff something social to look forward to, a Christmas party, a simple get together after work or 5/10 minutes in the office to down pens and talk about non work related topics. This will help keep staff engaged and interested in each other and in their workplace. Get them involved in raising funds for your chosen charity.
Remember though not to take over and let your team interact freely!
Allow your staff some face-to-face time with you. Emails/phone calls often eliminate the need for personal interaction so make the effort to speak with your employees directly.
Let your staff know how they’re doing. Even a simple thank you or well done can go a long way toward letting employees know they’re appreciated.
Claire Baker is the Group Operations Director for Ashley Kate HR with over 18 years recruitment experience in a variety of fields. Please feel free to connect with Claire Baker on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter you can contact Claire direct on 0845 413 3200 or via email Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org