When Christmas and New Year are over it can be a challenge for employees to find the energy and motivation to bounce back into work.
Dark mornings, miserable weather, all the extra calories consumed over the festive period, and the psychological ‘start of a new year’ can all influence engagement levels in the workplace.
Combined with this, the New Year is a time where people reflect and consider what it is that they would like to change within their lives or within themselves.
Yet even the thought of creating change can be difficult for some employees. Lack of motivation and the New Year blues can have them reaching for the left over wine from Christmas.
This is why kicking off a wellbeing programme in January can be a great idea to energise your workforce and inspire them to discover new ways to feel good about themselves.
A lot of the focus in January tends to be on physical health with people looking to shed extra pounds, get fitter and eat more healthily.
Wellbeing programmes that educate people on how to get the best from their bodies by understanding more about the physiology of their body, how food influences mood and how to create all day long energy can be a great way to put health and vitality into the heart of your workforce.
The New Year can also prove difficult for many emotionally and mentally. Emotions may be running high due to family arguments over Christmas. There may be some people who have been alone over the festive period and are struggling with feelings of isolation and depression. Some people may be feeling emotionally overwhelmed because a member of the family has cancer and it could have been their last Christmas together.
Mental and emotional health are just as important as physical health. With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem each year, the New Year can prove to be a positive time to launch a wellbeing programme to help your employees get the New Year off on the right track.
A wellbeing programme that delivers the knowledge, tools and resources needed to create a healthy mind set, new habits and emotional balance can be incredibly liberating and empowering for your employees.
All of which enhance focus, productivity and engagement.
If you would like help with ensuring your employees start 2016 feeling great, then contact us today for your complimentary wellbeing analysis.