January Jumpstart: How to Beat the Blues and Make an Impact in 2020

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January Jumpstart: How to Beat the Blues and Make an Impact in 2020

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Rose Joseph Branch Manager ChesterfieldArriving back to work in January can be a daunting prospect for many employees. After the decorations have been hastily packed away, early morning yawns stifled and we've dived back into work - the festive period is a distant memory...

Rose Joseph: Branch Manager, Chesterfield


​The Job Exodus Survey from Investors in People has reported that more than half of the UK's workforce will be looking for a new job in 2020 and 56% are unhappy at work compared to 44% last year. It’s no wonder January is often considered the worst month for feeling unmotivated and dissatisfied at work.  

Another side to this is that a growing number of UK residents suffer from S.A.D: Seasonal Affective disorder (according to mental health charity MIND now one-third of the population) which can contribute to ‘Blue Monday’. But it’s not all gloom, Isabella Goldie (Director of the Mental Health Foundation) highlighted that ‘Blue Monday’ can be an opportunity of tackle stigma surrounding mental health and raise awareness in the workplace.

So how do you ensure the wellbeing of your employees and stop productivity from taking a nosedive?

Plan for the Year Ahead

Start planning for a successful year by getting your team involved in the planning process, share (where you can) any highpoints and features in the year ahead.  Not only will this put a spotlight on key company goals, but it will encourage your team to think about how they can get involved in achieving them. 

Why not set up a team meeting to kick-start the return to work? Offer to make the first coffee round and catch-up on the holidays and plans for the coming year.

Focus on Well-being

We hear it year after year... 'New Year, New Me' and as we return to work after the holiday period, most of our New Years’ resolutions are (hopefully) still intact. Encouraging a healthy lifestyle in the office doesn’t start and end with installing a team fruit bowl – why not raise some money for a good cause whilst boosting team morale?

A number of my clients have created a calendar of events across the year to keep their staff motivated - ranging from go-karting championships to coffee mornings (with cake!) and family BBQs. I also work with managers who prefer to lead by example to promote healthy working habits e.g. avoiding working long hours, taking lunch breaks and remembering to exercise during the working day.

We're already planning a calendar of events at Thorn Baker Industrial Recruitment, including a 10-hour tag team cycle relay to support our local charity – Ashgate Hospice. Check it out here

Allow Your Employees to Grow

Set aside some of your 2020 budget for team training and development - from short courses to formal qualifications. Not only will you be upskilling your employees but your team will appreciate the investment in their future and a new challenge! 

There are plenty of positives about getting back to work after a well-earned break, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. Not only is it a fantastic time to catch-up with colleagues and getting back to a structured rhythm – but also a chance to make an impact on the rest of the year.


We’d love to hear what you are doing in your company to motivate your team and ensure success for the rest of the year.  Also, if you'd like to discuss your New Year recruitment needs you can contact Thorn Baker Industrial Recruitment here.