While it is true that employees should be fulfilling their duty of care towards their employees and prioritising their wellbeing throughout the year, special attention should be focused on the month of January. Here are a few tips…
Brew Monday – To combat the effects of the January blues and it’s counterpart, ‘Blue Monday’, mental health charity Samaritans are encouraging employers to host a ‘Brew Monday’, on any chosen Monday during January and February. The aim of Brew Monday is to get employees talking about mental health and in turn, support each other through any emotional hardship they may be experience during the turn of the New Year. If you want to take part, download the Brew Monday fundraising kit for your workplace, encourage your bidding bakers to bake some treats and pop the kettle on. By allowing your team to have a break from their work and have a chat with their colleagues, you’ll be contributing towards a more positive workplace environment during one of the hardest times of the year.
Recognise good work – 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, January and Blue Monday are both great occasions to do it as it’ll help them to feel more positive and motivated.
Encourage regular breaks – 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.
Overall, your wellbeing strategies should be tailored to your staff throughout the year. And while members of your workforce may seem especially resilient and bounce back in the New Year, it is imperative that you make your stance known and offer your support to everyone.
However, if you do notice anyone struggling on their return to work, ensure that you arrange some one-on-one time with them to see if there are any reasonable adjustments you can make to support their wellbeing. Otherwise, our confidential helpline is available 24/7, 365 to both employees and employers for support.