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Winter Blues Bumming Out Your Workplace? Appreciation Can Help

Winter Blues Bumming Out Your Workplace? Appreciation Can Help
From Recruiter - February 6, 2017

Now that we are fully into 2017 and facing the long, dark winter dayswith few holidays to look forward toleaders need to take a hard look at how they can best support and encourage team members. This is the time of yearespecially for those who like sunlightwhen people essentially drag themselves through their days.

As a psychologist who trains leaders and colleagues on how to effectively communicate appreciation in the workplace, I canoffer some suggestions:

Understand the Nature of Discouragement and Burnout

Discouragement and burnout, over the long haul, come from a combination of weariness and lack of hope. We have emerged from the holiday season, and now we face the daily grind of our normal work. A lot of people are emotionally tired. Add to this a potential lack of vision (Remind me again, why are we doing this?) and a lack of hope (My contribution really isnt going to make a difference ) and you have the perfect recipe for team members either going through the motions or giving up completely.

Give your team what they need: vision, hope, appreciation, and encouragement.

This is where leaders can make a tremendous difference with their team membersby providing vision (where you are going and how doing x, y, and z fits into the overall plan); communicating hope (helping others see how what they are doing matters); and communicating appreciation and encouragement along the way.



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