Monday 16th January 2023 (and the third Monday of each January every year), has been declared “Blue Monday” as it is classed as the most depressing day of the year. The date was calculated using a combination of factors such as debt level, post-Christmas blues, low motivational levels and the gloomy weather conditions.
Blue Monday could have the potential to have a negative impact on employees. For example, it could lead to a lower morale in the workplace, and employees may find it harder to concentrate, juggle tasks and/or stay focused if they are feeling low.
In order to boost staff morale during this time and keep employees feeling upbeat, motivated and valued, employers could:
- Keep employees updated on what contributions they are making to the organisation or company’s performance;
- Celebrate and share employees’ achievements with others;
- Provide achievable demands and goals with regards to agreed hours and workloads;
- Give employees clear instructions as to what is expected of them and what their responsibilities are in the workplace;
- Plan a workplace event for employees to look forward for, such as a dress down day, start a competition that everyone can get involved in or organise a selection of afternoon treats to keep motivation and energy levels high; and
- Finally, celebrate work anniversaries; so that employees feel appreciated for their years of service.