Is January Your Best Month at Work?

It's blustery, then balmy, and there's probably more snow coming.

Winter's getting a frigid reception at many workplaces Canada-wide.

Roughly 56 per cent of Canadian professionals say winter weather has a negative impact on their mood at work -- one-quarter even cited January as the least happy month, according to research from staffing firm Accountemps.

"To maintain productivity, managers must be cognizant of internal and external factors that may affect employee morale and performance," said Accountemps' Canadian president David King.

"Proactively working with teams to identify challenges and provide supportive resources can help mitigate any issues before they escalate or impact the business."

Graphic via Accountemps
Here are some tips to deal:

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.

(Source: Accountemps)

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