A Manager’s Guide to the Office Winter Blues

18 Jan 2016 by Sarah Leembruggen.

Sell your vision: Start the year as you mean to go on, and take your team with you. Communicate how you see the year developing, where improvements can be made, and the value of everyones input. Shout about last year’s achievements and remind your people that they each play a part in the success of what you do. Set a date for a monthly pep talk to keep up the positive momentum.

Plan a social: Get the team out together. Not a big budget work outing (let’s face it, everyone’s feeling it post Christmas), but a few drinks at a local bar or a curry after work. A social will help to banish the winter blues and encourage team cohesion.

Tweak your work style: Most New Year’s resolutions are starting to slip by now, but this is something you CAN do, and stick to. Think about what small changes you can make to your work or management style to improve your job. Like: organising your time more effectively, creating more thought space for forward planning, delegating one or two tasks that are peripheral to your role, or organising some training and development you didn’t get round to last year.

Smile at work: Even when you’re stressed it’s good psychology to smile. It creates instant rapport and gives a positive impression. A smile says: ‘I’m approachable’, ‘I’m confident’, ‘I’m professional’, ‘I value you’ and these are traits that your colleagues will recognise and reflect back. Try it.

Meet off-site: Hold your next team meeting at a coffee shop or somewhere else less formal. It will help the team feel appreciated; give them a break from the mundanity of the usual meeting place and give them something a bit different to look forward to.

Get a guru: Don’t just hibernate, use the time tucked up at home to read some good books about business, or sign up to a motivational management website. The Works recommend: Headspace for help with meditative moments you can have at work, E-myth Revisited a ‘must’ read for small business owners, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work packed with useful tips you can use at work and The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris; love him or loathe him, he’s got some great ideas to help you work smarter.

Weather the weather: Adverse weather causes disruption and can be unpleasant but hey, it’s the same every winter. Remember, the days are getting longer, and have been for nearly 5 weeks, since the winter solstice on December 21.

Sick? Go home: Passing on your nasty virus won’t benefit anyone in the office. Unless it’s absolutely necessary to meet a deadline, publish results or complete a pitch, stay at home and encourage your team to do the same.

Open a new office: In the Caribbean!

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