Jitesh Patel, Chief Executive at Peldon Rose: “Although identifying Blue Monday as the most depressing day of the year may be as much art as science, our survey reveals that Blue Monday does hold a grain of truth, that both mental and physical health is affected by our work environment.”
Survey Highlights: Seasonal Blues: Over two fifths (45 percent) believe winter has a negative effect on motivation, 42 percent of workers say that winter has a negative effect on their mental well-being and over a third (34 percent) state winter affects productivity.
Some 92 percent of employees believe that social spaces are valuable in the workplace, helping support healthy mental well-being. Workplaces that encourage bringing people together and building friendships will help improve employee well-being in the office.
An open and honest dialogue about mental health well-being is valued by the vast majority of respondents (87 percent), yet half (50 percent) said they do not feel like they can open up to their colleagues about mental health. Creating an open culture should start from the top down to encourage sharing and help improve employee well-being.
“Blue Monday gives us an opportunity to talk about health and well-being and the steps we can take to protect it in the workplace. The first initiative is for businesses to properly understand and then meet employee needs such as good heating, exposure to natural light, office facilities and opportunities to get people more physically active. Then businesses should tailor the workplace and office environment around them and their identified needs. By doing this it will help improve well-being and mood and ultimately help boost productivity.”
Five key steps for businesses to follow to help their employees beat the Blue Monday Blues:
There are plenty of ways that employers can help their employees counter winter blues and companies need to push change from the top down. Revising the office environment is an important first initiative for businesses aiming to start the year with a healthy, productive workforce and they survey respondents identified improving their office environment as key to tackling the winter blues.