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How To Energize Your Staff And Beat The January Blues

The first full work week of 2024 is underway. Officially, the holiday season is behind us. Because of that, January is quite the downer for many employees. Following much joy and celebration, this period in the year is synonymous with a dip in employee morale. It’s known as the post-holiday blues. Also known as the January blues, these feelings create challenges for businesses as productivity and motivation may decrease.

What can you do to energize your staff and beat the January blues?

Publicly acknowledge the challenge.

The first step in addressing post-holiday blues is acknowledging that it’s a common phenomenon. Let your team know that you get it. In your morning meetings, communicate that you understand the challenges your team members might be facing now that the festive season is over. Express empathy and assure your workers that you are there to support them through this transition period.

“Try and spot signs that someone is unhappy and talk to them about it,” encourages the UK’s VinciWorks, “Ask if there is anything that can be done to provide support and assistance. If they don’t want to talk about it, don’t push the point. However, look to revisit the conversation again later to see if there is an opportunity to help. In the meantime, make them aware of any employee assistance programmes you may have in place, where they can discuss issues in confidence.”

Plan team-building activities or social events.

Team-building activities are excellent methods of helping employees reconnect after the holidays. We’re talking about team lunches, group outings or collaborative projects that encourage interaction and collaboration. Make your activities fun and productive and you will foster a sense of camaraderie and teamwork in your workplace.

“Team building activities can significantly impact employee morale in the workplace,” notes the UK’s New Forest Activities, “Employees can interact with their colleagues in a relaxed, non-work environment by engaging in a team building event. This leads to increased trust among team members, improved communication, and strengthened relationships.”

Celebrate achievements.

A pat on the back, a verbal “job well done” and (best of all) a little reward for great work are all parts of energizing a work staff. Take the time to recognize and celebrate the achievements of your team members, both big and small. Acknowledge the hard work they may have done during the holiday season and express gratitude for their contributions. This positive reinforcement can boost morale and motivate employees to stay engaged.

“More frequent employee feedback and praise as and when appropriate can also help people feel appreciated and valued,” says VinciWorks, “If a staff member does a good job, tell them, if they are always performing at a consistently high level, acknowledge this to ensure they know that their efforts are not overlooked but are seen and appreciated.”

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