Now that Christmas and New Year are over you may have noticed a dip in your employee productivity, motivation and engagement levels. As one of the leading HR Companies in Manchester, this comes as no surprise to us as lots of factors such as low bank balances and weight gain after the excesses of Christmas, miserable weather and an empty social schedule can all contribute to this. But don’t worry, we have lots of advice on how you can support your employees so that you all head into the New Year in a positive and productive way.

Tackle Their Overspending Blues

January can be a stressful time for many people due to fear of the impending credit card bill. However, as an employee, there are a lot of things you can do to help your employees to manage their money better – including access to support services such as the Citizens Advice Bureau. Such initiatives as this can help people alleviate their financial worries.

Improve Their Wellbeing

There is a huge trend towards health and well-being in January, so any initiatives that will encourage people to get up from their desks and exercise will really help your employees to feel good. Organising a group challenge such as ‘Dry January’ or a walking group for lunchtimes will leave your employees feeling energised, more positive and encourages teamwork.

Give Them Something to Look Forward To

As we have noted above, January is generally a stressful time for most people, so why not get ahead of this and plan some fun things for your employees to take their mind off things? Perhaps a bowling night, or a bake sale. Employees can relax a bit, get to know each other and you can also encourage loyalty by thanking your staff for their hard work.

Give Something Back

Many employees these days are hot on social responsibility and expect their employers to have some kind of corporate social responsibility programme, whether it being allowing them time to volunteer, supporting various fundraising days or encouraging employees to be trustees.

Remind Them of The Benefits of Working for You

Most HR Companies will tell you that the cost of hiring new staff is higher than retaining your current talent. So, January is a good time to remind your employees of what a great company you are to work for, and perhaps gauge exactly how they feel about you. Running an employee survey will give you some honest feedback, that you should take on board and act on.

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