Seven Ways to Brighten Up your Employees' Days
The malls and department stores are decked in pink and red hearts. Television commercials are full of images of love and messages claiming just the right gift to make your sweetheart happy. But all this emphasis on passion and romance leaves many feeling down in the dumps.
No wonder February can be a tense month around the office. Some of your employees may talk about romantic plans and outings or receive lavish gifts or massive bouquets. Others may watch and listen uncomfortably, enduring the hype until they can get back to life as usual. To make matters worse, Seasonal Affective Disorder, caused by shorter hours of sunlight and increased time spent indoors, is often at its peak during February. Even a mild case adds to the dismal feelings many experience. If you've noticed the fervently celebrated month of love being shaded over in blue at your workplace, a few tips can help you brighten up the days of each of your employees.
• Recognize everyone's best. Create an award for each of your employees, recognizing something unique you appreciate about them. What employee tells the funniest knock-knock jokes and which one always wears the most outlandish ties? Recognizing these details in a lighthearted "award ceremony" can be a memorable moment of fun and will let your employees know you appreciate them individually for who they are.
Investing time into brightening your employees' workday is well worth the effort. You may notice brighter spirits in your team members as they reap the rewards of increased morale. And, you might just that notice someone who'd been blue finds a new spring in the step because their boss took the time to show they care.