Are your team suffering from January Blues?

Here we are midway through the first month of 2019 and according to statistics it’s around this time that the January blues may start kicking in.


Over the years, employers have noted this visible downhill occurrence taking place; the buzz is starting to wear off as we sink back into the routine of work, the weather isn't particularly uplifting and New Year's resolutions? Well, they may have already slipped! With doom and gloom in full swing, the third Monday of January has been officially named ‘Blue Monday’—allegedly the most miserable day of the year.


With this in mind, is it surprising that 48% of workers actively start browsing for new positions? A staggering 49% stated that this was due to poor management, alongside issues such as feeling unfulfilled, the desire to have a work life balance and unsatisfactory salary levels. So what can we do to ensure our existing employees remain loyal, motivated and productive?


With Blue Monday fast approaching and on average 60,000 job applications being submitted throughout the third week, here are some additional top tips to instil across your teams:


Thank staff

73% of staff enjoy having their achievements boasted amongst colleagues, by thanking and congratulating those who have accomplished something significant or have carried out a noteworthy amount of service can boost morale across the office.


Check in with your staff

Check in regularly with your staff; ask them about their resolutions and how you can help them achieve them. This will make them feel valued and know that you care about both their business and personal goals.


End the month positively

Plan a positive event to take place at the end of January to help create an encouraging environment. This could be something as small as a social event having a drink after work at the local pub or planning to attend a business event that the team can benefit from.


However you plan on recognising and rewarding your existing employees, the most vital factor is that it is done. Despite January being a busy time for managers with the focus on securing new projects, the retention of staff should remain in key focus particularly with Blue Monday creeping closer and the temptation for employees to jump ship rising.


If you have any further questions on how to deal with the January blues or have been affected by losing talent within the new year, please get in touch and we can schedule a call to discuss further.

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Eileen Richards Recruitment

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