The holidays are fun of activities like cooking, parties, shopping, traveling and other happy yet often stressful activities.
“As joyous as they can be, the stress and expectations associated with the holidays can overwhelm us and switch our brains into overdrive,” clinical psychologist Brett Kennedy told Greatist.
This means that workers can head back to the office on January 2nd emotionally and mentally depleted. In other words, your team members may head back to work with the post-holiday blues. Mix that with a backlog of work after time off during the holiday and productivity and morale in your office could suffer.
Don’t worry, there are ways you can help your office beat the post-holiday slump with grace and ease.
Get Ahead of the Post-holiday Slump
Helping a post-holiday slump can start with an ounce of prevention. For example, you can ask your employees to truly take a break and leave work at the office during any time off. This can help them feel rested and ready to work when they return. You can also set up expectations for a lighter, post-holiday work week with fewer meetings and deadlines so everyone can get on top of holiday backlog without feeling overwhelmed.
Tidy Up the Office
An easy way to feel refreshed and energized is a good tidying up. Schedule an hour or two for an office-wide desk purge where people can clean and organize their desks and files. Make dust wands and cleaning wipes readily available for extra encouragement. You can also organize unwanted items into bins for easy coworker perusal. After all, Jane might be ditching the pens that John loves to use! If there any unopened office supplies or used electronic items in good condition, donate them to a local Goodwill.
Focus on Office Wins
You can stop gloomy office energy in its tracks if you take some time to focus on office wins. Meet with each department and point out how that team contributes to the company’s goals and why their work matters. You can focus on recent department wins or overall team strengths, but make sure you’re specific in your praise. If you’re not a manager, you can still tell fellow team members what you appreciate about them. There’s nothing like a confidence boost to spark renewed energy for your work.
Start an In-office Wellness Challenge
After weeks of parties and rich foods, getting back to routine and healthier habits can do energy-boosting wonders for productivity. A post-holiday wellness challenge might be just what your office needs to get started. Here are some easy, at-work activities you can include in your office challenge:
- Take the stairs
- Eat a healthy snack
- Bring lunch from home
- Take a walk at lunch
- Bike to work
- Meditate for 15 minutes
- Stretch for 15 minutes
- Use a stand-up desk
Announce an Activity or Event
Sometimes we get the blues when we have nothing to look forward to. Just after the holiday break, announce an activity or event for your staff to look forward to in the coming weeks. The activity can be as easy as a relaxing afternoon at the movies or a catered lunch at the office. Or you can go whole hog and plan a fun team building event to energize and bond the whole office.
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