Ask the HR Department: How can I help my team tackle seasonal blues?

By HR and health & safety consultancy Peninsula Canada

January, often associated with setting new goals and resolutions, poses challenges due to post-holiday and seasonal blues. Employers can implement several strategies to foster a positive workplace and motivate staff. If feasible, introducing flexible work schedules allows employees to better manage the challenges posed by shorter days and inclement weather, promoting a healthier work-life balance.

Incorporate wellness initiatives that prioritize both physical and mental health among your team. Make sure your team is well-informed about the available in-house resources dedicated to nurturing their mental well-being. If your company currently doesn’t offer an employee assistance program, make sure you provide information on external resources they can turn to for a holistic approach to well-being support.

Bring your staff together through team-building activities or themed events. These can help maintain a fun workplace, boost morale, and create a supportive work environment. Additionally, recognition and appreciation are powerful motivators. Acknowledging good work makes employees feel seen, valued, and appreciated. You can bring the team together by celebrating the success of their colleagues.

Lastly, open communication channels, where employees can express concerns and feedback, will ensure you provide a supportive platform, one that makes everyone feel heard and valued during the winter months.

Peninsula is a trusted HR and health and safety advisory company, serving over 6,000 small businesses across Canada. Clients are supported with ongoing updates of their workplace documentation and policies as legislation changes. Additionally, clients benefit from access to a 24/7 employer HR and OHS advice line and coverage on legal through the Peninsula Protect service promise.