Winter weather can take a toll on employees. The reduced amount of sunlight during this season is connected to mood changes and feelings of sluggishness. In addition, shorter days in the winter may mean fewer productive work hours for employees. Here are a few tips for keeping your employees motivated and avoiding a wintertime slump.
Promote Healthy Habits
Exposure to sunlight can help lift moods. If employees are dragging, encourage them to step outside and take a brief walk, or just enjoy the outdoors. These outdoor breaks can last for 30 minutes every day. Even if the day is cloudy, being outdoors can help shake any sluggish feelings. Also consider offering healthy snacks in the office. Staying hydrated and eating more fruits and vegetables can boost motivation. Ensure that employees have easy access to filtered water and have healthy options at lunch meetings, such as salads and fresh fruit.
Connecting with employees can help them feel better when the weather has them down. Resist the urge to use easy technology such as email, texting, and voicemail, and consider stepping out of the office to chat with employees directly. You can praise employee progress with handwritten thank-you notes, which will let employees know they are appreciated and help motivate them to continue their positive performance. Be sure to promote an open line of communication so employees feel comfortable voicing any concerns they may have.
Organize Fun Activities
Consider organizing activities outside of work for employees to get involved in. Creating a casual, social environment for employees encourages them to engage with one another on a more personal level, and promoting positive relationships in the workplace will boost productivity and motivation. Organize a company sports team, a family day celebration, or a corporate event that employees can enjoy, such as a WhirlyBall tournament.
Plan your next corporate event at WhirlyBall. Employees can relax and socialize while enjoying a game that requires no athletic ability and that is fun for all. Our event planners can help you create a successful event complete with food, beverage, and any entertainment options you require. Visit our website or call (773) 486-7777 to reserve a date for your event.