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October 9 2023Read more
It’s well known that the third Monday every January is dubbed ‘Blue Monday’ - allegedly the most depressing day of the year. For 2024, it’s worth making a note in your diaries that Blue Monday will fall on the 15th January 2024.
So what can organisations do to boost morale and mental health in the workplace to help employees to get through Blue Monday?
Below are a few ideas that will give you an opportunity to raise a few smiles and distract team members from the “most depressing day of the year”.
At a time when everyone in the workplace is feeling low, what better way to cheer them up than with a team event they can look forward to? Such as:
The most important factor to remember is to try to make the event something everyone wants to be a part of, and it will give the team something to look forward to on Blue Monday .
Good food practice makes a big difference to your staff’s working day:
Make sure your employees feel comfortable taking breaks to keep moods lifted. During the dark winter months employees rarely see the sun, so it’s a great idea to encourage them to get outside and enjoy the little bit of sunshine that is available.
Staff members can often feel demotivated – especially if they’re feeling overworked and their achievements are going unnoticed. It’s important that employers recognise a good job being done when they see it; even just a ‘thank you’ won’t go amiss.
If you’re aware that some of your staff are consistently doing a good job but you haven’t told them so, Blue Monday is a great time to do it as it’ll help them to feel more positive and motivated.
If you want to look beyond Blue Monday and boost morale on a more permanent basis, there are plenty of other things you can implement to ensure that your employees benefit in the longer term:
It’s important however, to watch out for employees who appear to have a consistently low mood. Try having a one-to-one with them to make sure that they are happy, because there might be something more significant occurring than the effects of Blue Monday.
If you would like to find out more information on any of the topics mentioned in this article, please contact Health Assured on 0844 892 2493
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