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The Hong Kong Observatory predicts the mercury to drop to 9 degrees in the territory this week and the labour department warns employers to take special precautions during the cold weather. But how does the cold affect your employees’ morale?
Accountemps, a division of Robert Half International Inc. released a survey that found 8% of professionals said winter weather has a negative impact on their mood at work, and about a quarter, 26%, cited January as the least happy month.
“Winter doldrums are a reality at work in some cities, often due to colder weather, fewer hours of daylight and holiday festivities ending,” said Michael Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps in a statement. “Employers can do their part to lift morale by fostering a collaborative, engaging and supportive office culture year-round.”
Use these five tips to help employees beat the winter blues and boost their mood and productivity at work.
1. Stay active
Take a brisk walk outside (weather permitting) or hit the gym during lunch to clear your mind and get energised to tackle your next project.
2. Nourish yourself.
When you’re hungry, snack on fresh fruit or nuts. They’re much better for your body and focus than sugary or greasy selections from 7/11.
3. Make time for small talk.
Sometimes the best ideas come from casual conversations. In between tasks, grab coffee or lunch with a colleague.
4. Set goals for the year ahead.
Now is the time to think about your career objectives and what you would like to accomplish in the coming year. Write them down and have a discussion with your manager about your goals.
5. Pursue professional development.
Explore the idea of attending seminars and workshops to gain new skills, build your network and increase your marketability.