Keeping your spirits up in the dark winter months can be a trying task for many people in the workplace. The lack of sunshine and frequent cold and stormy weather can reduce workplace efficiency. Staying healthy is a top priority to avoid dry throats and colds during this season. Finding small ways to boost morale can go a long way to improving productivity in the cold dark months.
Add More Greenery to Your Workplace
According to a several studies, there were significant changes shown by office workers who had plants nearby and those that didn’t. Concerns like difficulty concentrating, fatigue and an increase in sore throats and coughs were present when the plants were removed from the workers. Plants purify stale air by absorbing carbon dioxide and emitting oxygen. Fresh oxygen in a closed office can help workers breathe freely and fight off colds. Try using office-friendly plants such as spider plants, philodendron and lemon balm.
Increase the Lighting
There is a literal lack of sunlight during the winter months, which can negatively impact efficient workflow. As there are fewer and fewer daylight hours in the winter, employees may end up starting their workday in the dark and leaving in the dark. This can cause fatigue, low energy and a lowered attention span. Keeping the lights bright in a workplace can help increase productivity. Try adding more lights during these months to encourage a bright and cheery atmosphere. A small lamp on each desk and a bright break area help offset gloom brought on by the dark season.
Break Down Large Tasks and Delegate
Winter blues affect workers in various ways, but one of the most common ways is a lack of attention and fatigue. This reduces productivity and efficiency. Bounce back by breaking large projects down into smaller ones, and delegating tasks to workers. Giving your workers small tasks to do makes it easier for large projects to get accomplished, and completing a small concise list of tasks recharges the brain and improves productivity. Delegating tasks to employees encourages a busy and efficient workspace. Workers gain in confidence and workplace moral increases when they are given responsibilities.