Ever wondered why around a particular day in January your employees appear down, almost depressed. You may have noticed a recent low spell in the office. It’s by no coincidence this has happened. As your staff move towards the end of January, they become low and disengaged. They might have experienced the effects of Blue January, the most depressing day of the year. It falls on the third Monday of the month, and this year it fell on 21st January 2019.
So why does this happen? There are many reasons why, such as, the further away from the holiday period your employees become nostalgic leaving Christmas a distant memory. The good times begin to fade and the realities of how much they spent sinks in. They become troubled and anxious. For some the debt accumulated around this period could be substantial leaving them with a shortfall for the remainder of the month.
Also, around this time they start beating themselves up because they’ve probably broken most of their New Years Resolutions. This causes them to feel guilt and remorse. Plus, with little or no money they feel trapped unable to afford a holiday. Leaving them unable to fill the empty void with that something to look forward to feeling. And as the weather worsens their motivational levels drop further. The desire they had to take positive action at the beginning of the year gets replaced with negative thoughts of ‘is this it’.
You and your team might have made it through Blue January unscathed but unfortunately things are about to turn for the worse. With February now here and snow already on the ground, as the boss you begin to worry about what if staff can’t make it to work. However, the snow isn’t the only problem. On the first Monday of February, which this year is the 4th, National Sickie Day raises its ugly head. This is a recognised day when higher numbers of staff take a sickie.
With staff still reeling from the stress and run-down related symptoms of Blue January, it’s not surprising they are now feeling under the weather. Even though they’ve paid off the credit card bill they are more susceptible to colds, flues and viruses. And if they do come to work sick, they may just spread it around causing a greater problem. To add further insult, with more employees opting to send texts or emails to notify employers of sickness how is it possible to work out the real ones from the fake. You might think who would be silly enough to call in sick, on National Sickie Day, simple, those who don’t know.
As an Employer you are responsible for the wealth fare of your employees. And if you are conscientious you might wonder what you do to help your staff during these months and how to get over the hurdles with staff shortages.
By investing and getting to know your employees you are safe guarding your business from seasonal health trends. With sick days, genuine or not, on the rise the more support you can offer to your employees the more they will respect you and your business. A sick staff member can create a ripple effect amongst the team. Help illuminate these threats with a touch of kindness, a word of thanks and a friendly ear. The cost to you personally is time but it may save your business money in the long run.