How workplace wellness can help banish the January blues
Do you still have the post-break blues? Are you struggling to get back into the swing of things and find yourself unable to keep up with the work you’ve missed over the festive period? Don’t worry, you’re most likely not the only one.
Plenty of employees find themselves unable to face the realities of going back to their desks after the holidays and often leave themselves unprepared for the amount of work they’ve to get done upon their return. As the weeks rumble on this feeling can sometimes compound. However, the start of a new year is the perfect opportunity to help fix this and gain a new outlook. By making some positive changes to your schedule and your environment now, you can help beat away those January blues and strive for success.
Here at Glandore we’ve come up with three simple steps you can take to set yourself up for January and the year ahead.
1. Bring nature to your desk
One of the best things to do to deal with workplace apathy is to step outside for a quick walk and some fresh air. However, some may not have the luxury of doing this, particularly in the first week back. Lunch is often gobbled at your desk and then it’s straight back into reports. Also, the weather this time of year isn’t exactly pleasant either.
Instead of stepping out, why not bring nature to you? Greenery in the office isn’t a new idea but it’s one that has been scientifically proven to lift one’s mood.
According to research, indoor plants have shown to significantly reduce levels of anxiety, depression, stress and fatigue. They have also been linked to improving productivity by over 5% and reduce minor illnesses in the workplace by up to 30%.
2. Provide your employees with a quiet zone
A ‘quiet zone’ is a workstation that is isolated to a point where you can think in peace but are not too far away from colleagues in case you need a quick brainstorming session.
These spaces offer a creative solution to those who find it difficult to focus in a noisy environment, especially if you’re playing catch-up. You can make these areas a ‘stress-free zone’, or a place to go when you’re starting to sweat over deadlines or benchmarks.
It can be extremely beneficial to have that space available, even if you just want to have a quick mindfulness session to reground yourself.
3. Resolutions: All for one and one for all!
Assuming you partake in the tradition of taking up a new year’s resolution each January, why not take on your coworker’s as well?
If somebody is trying to eat healthier, you could encourage others to do so too. Host a weekly communal lunch where everyone has to make something for it. Or, if there’s enough interest, you could form a sort of sports & social club for those who may want to take up an exercise class.
If there is a budget for that type of thing, you can ask for the cost to be subsidised which would attract those on the fence. Exercise is a fantastic way to shake off any negative feelings and could definitely help those who overindulged over the holidays.