Feeling the January blues? They are real you know!

What was once just a phrase following all the happy frivolity of Christmas and New year is now an actual recognised health complaint!  And I’m not joking!  Well I don’t know about that but feeling tired, bloated and skint can certainly be a little depressing.

The mornings are dark and if not cold, the very least dreary and it can be very hard to get yourself motivated to even get out of bed, let alone embark on the ever more difficult journey to work! Also, to cheer you up even more, as temperatures plummet across Europe, they have now said that snow is almost certainly on it’s way this week, so that won’t impact the commute to work… much!!  Sorry about that…

Ok, so I realise I am not making you feel any better at this point, so let me help you snap out of this maudlin mood and get Monday motivated!

Here are a couple of tips that I am going to put in place and hope you do to…

First give yourself meaning.  Do you know why what you do is so significant? Are you aware really, of how you are impacting on the company, clients and even your colleagues.  No? Then find out. Who wants to be working with a “what’s the point” attitude – Not me! Look at your goals, targets and see the bigger picture; feeling like you have a purpose is a huge motivator, after all don’t we all want to make a difference.

Next…. Stimulate your brain…

If you have a number of tasks to work through, I am pretty sure you will find some much more enjoyable than others. So instead of doing a whole day of the fun stuff knowing that you will dread the bore of tomorrow, why not break all the tasks up into more palatable chunks; perhaps morning and afternoon sessions could work for you? After all they do say variety is the spice of life!

Now you need clear thinking. Sometimes even the most comprehensive to-do list can be overwhelming and you feel like you’re on a never ending hamster wheel achieving very little and getting nowhere fast. In reality you are probably getting through more than you think. There is always “stuff” that comes up that you deal with, distracting you from your tasks, and this is what makes you feel that you aren’t getting through your core jobs. These distractions are probably very important but they just get forgotten about, so why not make a “done” list so you can see what you are really getting through and you will be surprised just how satisfying it is…. Go on, I can already see that little smirk of over achievement!

And finally…. It’s time to set yourself up to manage your own work. You’ve got your brain pumped and ready, you know what needs to be done now let’s take responsibility for the task in hand.
Autonomy in a role is a wonderful thing, that’s not to say you are not part of a team, but it really allows you to take ownership of your work.  Set out your ideas and get the training you might need to allow you to truly pick up your projects and run with them and in turn get the results you want. Achieving your goals, what better motivator is there than that.

If all the above fails to get you motivated… there’s only 14 weeks until the next Bank Holiday!!

For more advice on how to give your team a little boost, then get in touch with HR Revolution +203 538 5311 we’d love to hear from you!

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Don’t blame the weather, after all it is Winter…

Ok so I am a self confessed lover of winter, all that snuggling up in cosy jumpers and endless mugs of hot chocolate, but even as a fan of the colder months the constantly changing weather can be frustrating.

All we hear about is “floods looking set to hit the south again” and “the El nino effect is happening this year”, we’ve even had the odd tornado, but even with all the warnings one thing is for sure, the roads will be impassable and the rail network will at some point come to a halt due to icy tracks!  Now we blame the government all the time for not putting in the correct measures to ensure that Britain keeps moving, after all this is not the first time “winter” has come to our country! But as employers, what are you doing to make sure your business continues to operate?

Ok, so you can’t grit the roads, and you certainly can’t dredge our canals and rivers, but you can ensure that your employees know where they stand and what they can do when they really can’t get to work.

Have you put working from home measures in place? Do you have an alternative office to work from? Have you allowed any flexibility for your staff that can get in but might just take that bit longer? No, well now is the time to do it!

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