What impact will the changing season have on your business?
So, after that last little blast of good weather earlier this month, it seems the summer is well and truly over (not that it really started!) With the cold weather and shorter, darker days it’s easy for even the most positive, upbeat people to get a little low around winter. In fact living and working in the UK doesn’t seem to agree with a lot of people – it’s said that 2 million people in the UK suffer from S.A.D.
I know that I always get a little slower in the winter – exercising less, eating more (the extra layers are necessary for warmth!) and not wanting to get out of bed. And it is a fact that the winter blues causes motivation and concentration levels to dip.
In order to fight the urge to go home and curl up in fluffy socks and a dressing gown every evening until the sun comes out again, I am making an effort to keep myself motivated. I have enrolled on a Spanish course so at least one evening a week through the winter is spent engaging my brain and socialising with people!
But it is also at work that motivation and concentration levels can suffer – and if 2 million people in the UK are experiencing it this could have a big impact on your business.
Perhaps now is the time to think about what you can do to motivate yourself and your staff throughout the winter? Try doing things a bit differently – thinking of new ways to encourage, engage and reward yourself and your people and you could have your most productive winter yet.
By Emma Webb