As we all know coming back after January can be a real drag, this is across the board and is tough on everyone. However, especially when we’re the boss it can be hard to get the team back into the swing of work.

Seasonal factors are at play, although December is just as dark, then festive cheer and anticipation has staved off the blues for many people. January has none of this. It is the time when people are feelings guilty after their Christmas indulgence as well as pressured as they face into the next 12 months.

Statistically, it has even been shown that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year, so imagine what all that does to team morale and productivity!

Top tips:

1. May be even to recognize that the natural mood and rhythm of the team may be down for the first little bit in January, therefore not launching into serious meetings and business the first work day back may be important. Giving people a little time to get back to their desks and feel their way in in the morning will be important, before the balls can start rolling again.

2. Encourage people through new and creative means. Ask them to get out during lunch times, send around an office joke or wellness newsletter. The effects of the bad weather and the hangover from Christmas will be automatically felt by everyone working in the company, but make sure the place of work is clean, tidy and as bright as you can make it for staff returning.

3. Make sure to reconnect back into the team now that they’re back in with you. Christmas can be a very tough time for some people, especially when loved ones have been missing. Checking in with your employees how it’s been for them can be a great way to show that you care and can also make you aware of any ongoing issues.

4. Remind the team of what’s important: after checking in and giving people a break it is good to get the team together and re-focus the group following Christmas. Teams and groups need focus and many individuals will be happy to get back into the game and set goals for the coming year.

Of course, for some people January can be a very tough time for employees and they may require additional help.

That is why at Abate Counselling we specialize in pay as you use counselling for work place employees to return them to action following all kinds of life impacting events.

Always feel free to discuss a case with us by calling 1800 222 833, emailing or filling in the contact form on our website.

Wishing you a happy new year

Team Abate Counselling.