“Colder weather and fewer hours of daylight can really affect employees, dampening overall moods and motivation at work.”
Now that the holidays are over and it’s back to work in cold, grey days, it’s easy to feel more blue than usual. It’s no wonder that the third Monday in January is known as the year’s most depressing day, when holiday shopping bills may seem as endless as the winter months. About 15% of Canadians tend to feel the winter blues around this time, both at home and in the workplace. Fortunately for employers who are noticing a drop in productivity, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) offers tips for dealing with the “winter blues,” a phenomenon that can lead to diminished performance on the job, strained relationships and absenteeism.
“Colder weather and fewer hours of daylight can really affect employees, dampening overall moods and motivation at work,” explains Bev Gutray, CEO of CMHA’s BC Division. “Management and labour can help safeguard against these drops by building a psychologically healthy work environment in which workers can identify and manage the effect of the winter blues.”