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Winter of discontent: 10 tips to help workers through bleak months

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by Mary Pender Greene

There are two seasons almost everyone looks forward to: the winter holidays and summertime. The first now seems like a distant memory, and the other is still months away. That can make this time of year feel a little bleak, and it can make work productivity lag.

Advice: Recognize that employees might be feeling bad. They might be struggling to pay off holiday overspending—and to diet away the extra pounds they gained during winter festivities. Plus, most won’t be taking vacations anytime soon, and paid holidays off are scarce before Memorial Day.

It’s time to create some in-between-the-holidays fun and optimism at work. Think about simple activities that will help employees feel good and interact with each other on a friendly, personal level.

Show your employees that you understand the midwinter doldrums and you care enough about them to try to help them through it. Here are 10 ideas to try:

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