While the winter blues can certainly be mild for some, Psychology Today estimates that 10 million Americans suffer from winter depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and that another 10 to 20% of Americans experience it in a more mild form.
With that being said, as an employer that cares about the mental health and overall happiness of your employees, it’s important that you do everything you can to support beating the winter blues of your employees.
Check out our best simple and effective ideas for doing so in your office this season.
Tips to Help Your Employees Beat the Winter Blues
Have a summer themed day
Having a theme day in the office is always a great way to lift everyone’s spirits, so why not host one in a tropical theme?
Encourage everyone to wear tropical themed shirts or sweaters, make mocktail pina coladas and daiquiris with little umbrellas sticking out of them, throw around some beach balls, and play some Jimmy Buffet around the office.
This is a great way to inspire togetherness, enhance community, and to – most importantly – remind employees in the thick of winter that warmer days are ahead.
Create a countdown to warmer days
Countdowns always inspire excitement and anticipation, so creating and office-wide countdown to the spring or summer can bring a smile to everyone’s face.
It can definitely be a bonding activity to check off one down each day, and it’s sure to remind people that the winter will not last forever, even when it feels like it will.
Support employee wellness
Encouraging your employees to be healthy is a good way to make them more happy naturally. Subsidize their gym memberships or create an office-wide health and fitness challenge to inspire better health habits among those you work with.
The better people feel about themselves and their bodies, the happier they will be overall, and the better their mood and mental health is bound to be. It’s as simple as that!
Give everyone a snow day
Not every part of the winter is bad, right? If you can let your employees have a random day off to actually enjoy the fun parts of the cold weather and seasonal snow, it can be a great way to improve morale.
We think you’d be surprised to see the vast effects an extra day of relaxation and fun can have on your employees in the thick of the winter.
How a PEO Can Help
It can be hard to navigate morale issues in the office that may involve mental health. Take the guessing out of it and let your PEO assist in improving the levels of happiness in your office.
We can find the PEO that will work best with your business through our complimentary competitive analysis – just call us today!