So, that dreaded time of year has come; winter. We’re leaving for work in the dark and going home in the dark. We’ve had our summer holiday and it’s at least another seven months until we get that first glimpse of spring. And even though Christmas is just around the corner, everyone is coming down with the flu; commuting can become dangerous; and to top it all off, the office is cold, dull and gloomy.
And while it’s understandable that no one is in particularly high spirits, as a business you can’t afford to let your team’s productivity to drop. We’ve put together a few top tips to help you and your team get through those dim winter days.
1. DO DAILY HOT DRINK RUNS
One of the perks of this time of year is our all-time favourite; pumpkin spiced lattes. Coffee, hot chocolate and tea always make everything better, so why not do a morning coffee run for your staff? This will make that dreaded morning commute slightly more bearable, giving your staff something to look forward to as well as helping prevent any illnesses lurking around the office.
2. KEEP ILLNESS AWAY FROM THE OFFICE
As a company, there’s nothing you want more than to have full attendance each day. But realistically, it’s not going to happen, especially in winter months. Though we do all we can to keep colds away, sometimes there’s nothing we can do to stop them creeping up on us. One thing is for sure – you don’t want snuffly staff spreading germs in the office. The best thing to do is to tell them to stay at home and rest until they’re well enough to return to work.
3. ENCOURAGE STAFF TO STAY FIT
Wrapping up and going for a quick brisk walk on lunch breaks can help your staff feel refreshed and ready for the afternoon. You could also look into running a mini fitness class during the week if you have a spare spacious room within the office.
4. KEEP YOUR INCENTIVES RUNNING
Keep those all-important incentives up throughout the year. Try winter-themed incentives – tickets that can be won including Halloween/New Year’s Eve events, family days out (ice-skating, Winter Wonderland) etc. is a great idea to keep your staff motivated
Just by doing the above, you’ll soon find your staff are happier, more comfortable and keeping productive even in the chilly season!