Under normal conditions stress levels tend to spike during the festive season, so it makes sense to take extra steps to help your team overcome the holiday blues this 2020, a year out of the ordinary.
This is a good time to look back on the past months and highlight your team’s achievements. Chances are that everyone had to step up their game in one way or another, so take the time to acknowledge their effort individually or during a collective session (carried out remotely, if possible). Knowing that their efforts are noticed and appreciated may be the mood booster your employees need to beat the holiday blues.
Encourage Them to Try Something New
A good way to tune out negative thoughts is by creating a distraction that keeps our minds busy. You can create this effect at the workplace by encouraging your employees to try something new.
For example, this may be a good moment to schedule some cross-training, a practice that consists in training people to work in roles within your organization that are different from the one they already have. This way you’ll give your employees a chance to gain new experiences while facilitating collaboration and fostering empathy among team members.
Normalize Talking About Mental Health
While neither you nor your Human Resources department are your team’s therapists, you can contribute to their wellbeing by making mental health an acceptable topic of conversation. Stigma often prevents people from seeking help, so let your team know that it’s normal to look for professional assistance whenever they feel overwhelmed by depression or anxiety during the holidays or at any other time during the year.
More Tips and Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our work habits in unexpected ways. These are some previous posts you can check out for more ideas to deal with the challenges of the “new normal.”
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