Remember – Without the rain, there would never be a rainbow!

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Did you know there is a depressive disorder linked to the changing of weather? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is the link between a specific season and an individual’s emotional well-being. Sometimes the heat of the summer months can be difficult, even unbearable for individuals although medical research has shown this affects a minority compared to the cold and rainy weather, the most common trigger for SAD.

Just think of a few commonplace sayings linking weather to individuals’ mood;

Oh, don’t talk to Joe Bloggs if he’s all “hot and bothered”.

I wonder what’s wrong with Jenny today, she’s got a face like a “wet weekend”.

Melaine is like “a breath of fresh air” in this office.

We all know what these phrases refer to; negative emotions likened to physical environments. There is a definite correlation.

Let’s face it, given that today is the 1st July it’s pretty disheartening that the weather is so grey. We have five top tips for you to keep your employees spirit up… or should we say “brighten their day”?

  • Brighten up your working environment.

There is nothing more mind numbing than sitting in a silent, dull-decorated office. This does not mean add anything too busy or distracting to your working space, but maybe just a splash of colour, some flowers to your office – even the odd motivational quote, company ethos – ANYTHING but grey walls and blue carpet!

  • Put some music on!

There’s no harm in a little background music, obviously for some organisations this just won’t work. But how about first thing in the morning when people come into the office having the radio on just for half an hour? It’s a thought provoker, will wake up the non-morning people and generally boost morale. People may prefer different styles of music, you can never please everyone, but it’s worth a try.

  •  Send a positive email out.

Often with bad weather, and a negative mood, employees can feel demotivated in their job. You can add a little motivation through offering a particular incentive in the workplace or simply sending your team an email saying “Well Done” for a particular way they have dealt with a tricky client, or just to acknowledge they’ve been putting in the extra hours. (Especially in winter when employees feel as though they come to work in the dark, and don’t return home until it’d dark again).

  • Get your team together.

Some of your employees may fancy going for a drink on a Friday after work, others may be on a health kick and couldn’t think of anything worse than being subject to their colleagues’ drunken chat. Not every social needs to include booze. How about a charity event? A cake sale one Monday lunchtime so people have the weekend to prepare. There’s plenty of ideas of activities you can run that don’t eat into working time or home life too much.

  • Encourage your employees to make sure they have a good work-life balance.

Do you ever ask your employees what they are interested in outside of work? We’re pretty sure that if you asked your employees if they have a particular hobby or interest they’ll surprise you. Someone you’d never expect it from may be an avid hula hooper or in a band – you could arrange an away afternoon or evening to go see them in action?

You mightn’t believe SAD is a real issue, or that it can have much effect on the well-being of your employees, but try a couple of the little tips above and you’re sure to see a boost in team morale.

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