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What to do when the winter blues hits your workplace

Winter gets a frigid reception at many workplaces around the country. According to research from staffing firm Accountemps, 38% of professionals said winter weather has a negative impact on their mood at work. About one-quarter (26%) cited January as the least happy month.

Employees in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Cleveland felt bluest in the wintertime. In contrast, professionals in milder climates such as Phoenix, Miami and San Diego said winter weather has a positive effect on their state of mind at work. Interestingly, nearly one in three employees (29%) in New York is in high spirits despite low temperatures and carries this enthusiasm to the workplace.

Cities Where Workers Give
Winter a Thumbs Down
Cities Where Workers Give
Winter a Thumbs Up
1 Pittsburgh 1 Phoenix
2 Detroit 2 Miami (tie)
3 Cleveland 2 San Diego (tie)
4 Chicago 4 Austin
5 Boston 5 Dallas (tie)
6 Indianapolis 5 Los Angeles (tie)
7 Minneapolis 5 Houston (tie)

“Winter doldrums are a reality at work in some cities, often due to colder weather, fewer hours of daylight and holiday festivities ending,” said Michael Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps. “Employers can do their part to lift morale by fostering a collaborative, engaging and supportive office culture year-round.”

How to beat the blues

Here are some tips from Accountemps to help your employees (and you) beat the winter blues and boost their mood and productivity at work.

  • Stay active. Take a brisk walk outside (weather permitting) or hit the gym during lunch to clear your mind and get energized to tackle your next project.
  • Nourish yourself. When you’re hungry, snack on fresh fruit or nuts. They’re much better for your body and focus than sugary or greasy selections from the vending machine.
  • Make time for small talk. Sometimes the best ideas come from casual conversations. In between tasks, grab coffee or lunch with a colleague.
  • Set goals for the year ahead. Now is the time to think about your career objectives and what you would like to accomplish in the coming year. Write them down and have a discussion with your manager about your goals.
  • Pursue professional development. Explore the idea of attending seminars and workshops to gain new skills, build your network, and increase your marketability.

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