Here’s how to boost your team’s productivity and help beat the January blues post-holiday season.
Ah, January—the month that follows the festive cheer, time off, overeating and a lot of socialising. As the new year unfolds, it can take many of us longer than you’d think to shake off those infamous January blues. But fear not, for Team Pistachio is here to share some tried-and-tested methods to lift your team’s spirits. Helping you set a positive tone for the months ahead.
Open communication channels: The power of dialogue
At the start of the year, fostering open communication within your team is more crucial than ever. Why? Because it’s during the first month or two when people spend the most time deciding what changes they will make. If you want to keep your top talent and ensure you’re getting the most out of them, encouraging team comradery and activities should be a priority. Share holiday experiences and listen to the challenges your team may be facing. This way you’ll have the knowledge you need to create a supportive environment, strengthen team bonds, and identify people’s needs.
Set realistic goals: navigating the post-holiday workload
It might nearly be the end of January, but that doesn’t mean your workload feels any less overwhelming. This feeling isn’t unique. Literally everybody is in the same boat. Fighting for their lives as the 50th ‘let’s circle back to this in the new year’ email of the week comes back to bite them in the proverbial. To help your team ease back into the groove, you need to set realistic and achievable goals. It might sound simple, but in Jan we do have the tendency to forget to give ourselves (and others) a break. Break down larger tasks into manageable steps and provide a a roadmap for success. Your team will thank you for it, and it’ll also help management from feeling swamped too.
Flexible schedules: embracing work-life balance
Let’s face it. A return to work after the holidays can come with its setbacks. A lot of people are run down with colds and viruses, school terms are on different calendars, and there’s always one too many personal commitments that couldn’t be squeezed into the Christmas break. The answer is flexibility. Offering flexible work schedules around school pick-up times or increased remote work options can empower your team and reduce stress levels. With almost two-fifths of organisations saying that hybrid working has increased their organisations productivity, it’s safe to say that flexible working is one resolution that looks set to stick around for good.
Celebrate small wins: let your people sparkle
The start of the year is an ideal time to celebrate small victories. Let’s face it, there’s nothing else going on is there? Why do you think January-March is awards season folks? Because we all need a little narcissistic razzle-dazzle to see us through the other side of winter. You can do this by acknowledging individual and team accomplishments, no matter how minor. Sometimes, it really is the small things that help put a smile on someone’s face. Plus, it’s such a simple way of reminding people that they’re capable, talented, and appreciated. Recognition fosters a positive atmosphere, motivating team members to continue putting their best foot forward. That’s just showbiz, kid.
Prioritise wellness initiatives: it’s all about mind, body and soul
We don’t want to sound like every yogi-jitsu-therapist-trainer-fluencer out there, but we really should be focusing on being the very best version of ourselves. And that goes for our teams too. Consider introducing wellness challenges, encouraging physical activity, and offering mindfulness sessions (yes, I can hear your eyes rolling at that one). But alas, a healthy team is a happy and productive team. Even a virtual game night, a shared cooking class, or a themed dress-up day can provide just the tonic people need to feel seen and included. It’s often the silly things that strengthen team bonds the most.
Reflect and reset: goal setting for the year ahead
Before we move forward, it’s always important to look back. Encourage your team to reflect on the past year’s achievements and challenges to see how far everyone has come. This reflection provides valuable insights and sets the stage for goal setting in the year ahead. Establishing a collective vision fosters a sense of purpose and direction. Think high-school musical; ‘we’re all in this together.’ Cheesy dance choreography is optional.
What to do after you’ve kicked the blues?
Navigating the January blues requires a kind of grit and determination that doesn’t come easy, or cheap. But, by taking a proactive and empathetic approach to a notoriously dreary month, you can make sure your team is ready to kick some serious butt in 2024.
And, if you’re ready to get some of those inspiring ideas underway, you know who to call…
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