As winter approaches, the days are getting darker – until it feels like the middle of the night when we leave the office after 5:00 pm! During these dark and cold months, many people feel less energetic and motivated, which can affect quality of work and productivity in the workplace.
Yet in business, attitude is everything. How you approach your work, how you interact with your colleagues, or how you view your own professional path: a positive attitude is important in all of these aspects of a career. How, then, can you maintain a bright and sunny attitude, even when the sun sets far earlier than the day is done?
Here are three ways to maintain a positive outlook at the workplace, no matter what season or weather.
- Bring Levity into Your Day
Humour and professionalism may seem like an unusual combination. However, when delivered appropriately, humour can connect people and increase effective interactions in the workplace.
According to Marjorie Malpass, a trainer with Corporate Class Inc. and a professional comedian, actress and instructor at The Second City, bringing levity into the workplace fosters inclusion and collaborative engagement. Additionally, laughter is infectious: it can boost your attitude as well as that of everyone else around you.
Using comedic improv training with participants, Ms. Malpass delivers Corporate Class Inc. Lunch and Learn sessions on bringing levity into the workplace and increasing effective interaction in everyday business.
- Seek Out Light and Warmth
Although it may be dark and cold outside, you can still find ways to keep light and warmth in your life during winter months. For example, if darkness severely affects your mood, consider investing in a light therapy box or taking regular morning walks outside after the sun has risen.
Or, instead of heading home immediately after work, try spending an hour at your local gym. Moving around after a long day of sitting at your desk will help you to feel refreshed, accomplished and motivated. Additionally, activity will keep you warm, no matter how cold it is outside.
If you have the opportunity to escape to a warm destination, be sure to make the most of your vacation. Unplug from technology and, if possible, leave all work at your desk until you return. Focusing on your time to recover will help you reenergize for the rest of the long winter.
- Show Gratitude at the Office
Just as Marjorie Malpass suggests that laughter is infectious, so too are gestures of thankfulness at the workplace. According to the Forbes article 5 Quick Ways You Can Bring Positive Psychology to Your Workplace, thanking employees can foster a positive tone and help employees to feel motivated.
By exhibiting thankfulness, a positive attitude can endure and spread among other employees as well – especially if saying “thank you” is a regular occurrence. Read more here about how managers and supervisors can express their gratitude meaningfully and sincerely to employees.
How do you stay motivated, engaged and positive during long and dark winters?