Why January is a great time to kick off your workplace wellbeing programme

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Christmas and New Year are all too often a time for indulgence with more alcohol and chocolate being consumed in December than any other time of the year.

When the festive season is over, the last of the selection box has been polished off, and the bathroom scales being avoided at all costs, January can be a challenge for most people when it comes to finding the energy and motivation to bounce back into work.

Depending on where in the world your employees live, for some January can seem a glum time with its cold dark nights in the absence of festive decorations, Christmas trees and fairy lights.

Combined with this, the New Year brings with it a time of reflection and contemplation as people consider what they want the New Year to represent, what they want to achieve and even how they want to grow and develop.  

Yet even the thought of making changes can be difficult for some employees. And change isn’t easy as our internal lizard brain loves familiarity and repetition.  This is partly why 80% of New Year Resolutions fail by February. 

Instead a lack of motivation, lower energy levels and the New Year blues can have your employees taking the path of least resistance and sticking to the same way of life instead of striving to achieve their goals for the New Year.  All the excuses come out about how things with be better or different when….it get’s lighter, they don’t have as much on their plate at work, the children are older and able to walk themselves to school.  You name it, the human mind will always find a reason to keep things the same because we value familiarity.

Yes there is also that part that does want to start the New Year with a bang.  That is yearning for a boost to their energy levels.  That part that would like to shed a few pounds and move their body.  That wants to use their time more productively instead of zoning out in front of Netflix each evening.

January is a great time to kick off your wellbeing strategy or launch a new workplace wellbeing initiative

This is why kicking off a workplace wellbeing programme, or launching a workplace wellbeing strategy in January is  great idea to inspire your workforce, raise their levels of motivation and keep them on track to achieving their goals.

Wellbeing programmes and employee webinars that educate employees about the physiology of the body, understand 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 prove difficult for employees emotionally and mentally.  Emotions may have run high over the Christmas period – for years, January has unofficially been dubbed Divorce Month –  and there are those who have been alone over the festive period and are struggling with feelings of isolation and depression.  In other examples, employees may be feeling highly emotional because a member of the family has cancer and it could have been the last Christmas spent together.

New Year isn’t just about weight loss and getting fit, but how we can support employees holistically to start the New Year in a good place mentally, physically and emotionally and keep them there.

Have a bunch of ideas but not sure where to start with your January wellbeing campaign? Start with downloading our free e-book on workplace wellbeing. In this e-book you will discover some powerful questions to ask yourself that will ensure that your workplace wellbeing initiatives give your people what they need, but still align to your organisational strategically and commercially.

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