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Blue Monday - How To Banish The January Blues

Posted by Mairead Walsh on Mon, Jan 21, 2013

How did you feel when you woke up this morning? If you woke up feeling a bit miserable, don’t worry you are not on your own and it will all seem better tomorrow :)

Today is “Blue Monday”, officially the most depressing day of the year.  According to psychologists, a combination of bad weather, financial stresses, and shattered New Year's resolutions have teamed up to make the 3rd Monday in January, the most depressing day of the year.

Employers see elevated levels of absenteeism during this time, with employees calling in sick with the flu or even Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Days are short and lack of light has employees feeling unmotivated.

While the “science” behind Blue Monday may not really be science at all, this time of year is a great opportunity for employers to think about their policies and what they are doing to bring work-life balance to their employees. Employees are dealing with lower motivation this time of year, and the feeling of a need to take action. How, then, as an employer can you assist them to get through it?

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Work-Life Balance

If you currently have work-life balance programs on offer, make sure that your employees are taking advantage of them. If you don’t currently offer flexible working, consider it for 2013. Flexible Working brings many benefits to an organisation and at this time of year, it enables employees to make the most of their daylight hours. Arriving and leaving work in the dark, can be very demoralising and flexible working gets over this problem.

Furthermore, during this time of year, it's not only work that suffers due to low motivation, but personal tasks do as well. When employees leave the office in the dark, there is little motivation to run personal errands. Stress levels increase, as more tasks end up not getting done and lists get longer. By assisting your employees keep on top of things in their personal lives, they will stay focused, motivated and engaged at work.

Could your organisation offer a better work life-fit?  We recently published a new white paper which you are very welcome to download and circulate free of charge. In this paper, we examine the pros and cons of introducing flexible working.  We tell it straight, based on 20 years’ experience in this area, so that organisations can make an informed decision on whether or not it is right for your employees, specific departments and/or your organisation in general. Click here to download

 

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Topics: Employee Retention, Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Absenteeism, Work-Life Balance, Flexible Working, Motivation