January provides an opportunity to start fresh. With holiday debt racking up and uncooperative weather in most regions, the time after the holidays can be tough. According to PsychCentral, January 24 is considered the most depressing day of the year. Here are a few things you can do to improve morale around the office.
Let Your Employees Know They’re Appreciated
Your choice of words can have a profound effect on employee productivity. Give praise when an employee does a remarkable job on a project, and be sure to say “thank you” when someone does you a favor. Something as simple as your word choice can make a difference.
Take A Deep Breath
Consider taking a moment to breathe. According to the Harvard Medical School, deep breathing every once in a while can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and increase your tolerance to illness and viruses. This is a great thing to keep in mind as the viruses and the flu spread around your office this time of year.
Consider a Team Building Activity
Figure out ways that you can get your employees to work as a team. This can be as simple as giving each of your departments a fun project to work on, or taking your employees out to an escape room or other place where they will need to work together.
Encourage Employees to Give Back
This is a trend that’s becoming increasingly popular with top employers. Allowing your employees a day off to volunteer with a local organization can help increase productivity and satisfaction with your company. It can be a great way to get to know them outside the office, while working towards a common goal. In particular, local food banks see a decrease in donations this time of year, so something as simple as an office food drive can make a difference.