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13 Jan 2020

How to combat the back to work blues

New Year, new you? January is the most unproductive month of the year in the workplace. This month, we explore the top tips to bust those January blues and get the most out of going back to the daily grind.

Set SMART goals

Make sure you set you set realistic goals for the year that will not only be achievable but will maximise you and your company’s performance.

Specificthese should be simple, sensible and significant

Measurable ­– make sure your goals are meaningful and are motivated

Achievable – agree your goals well in advance with your team and make sure they’re attainable

Relevant – are your goals reasonable, realistic and results based?

Timelydo you need to achieve your goals within a certain time frame, are they time sensitive?

Limit meetings

January is one of the busiest months of the year, as there’s so much to catch up on and plan for the year ahead. Where possible, try and limit needless meetings, so you are able to be as productive as possible, set goals and begin to forge plans for the year.

If you need to organise major planning meetings or want to kickstart the year with a team meeting, why not take it off site? A change of environment can help to fuel ideas and engage your team, so that you can get the most out of the meeting.

At Emirates Old Trafford, we have a variety of suites available catering from ten right through to 1,200 delegates, all of which overlook the famous Lancashire Cricket pitch, providing you with the ideal inspiration for your next event.

Flexible working

Nowadays, flexible working is one of the most prevalent factors for employees. If it’s something you offer, make sure that you are communicating this to your team so that everyone is aware how they can take advantage of the culture.

Be organised

Start the year as you mean to go on. In order to be organised, prioritise your workload so that you are able to get tasks completed to a higher standard.

Ensure you organise your work space, as a large amount of time can be wasted by working in an inefficient environment or perhaps you can create a weekly power hour where you are able to block off a portion of your time to get the menial tasks completed or larger projects.

Whether it’s creating a daily or weekly to-do list, preparing for meetings, creating analytical reports etc., don’t leave your work until the last minute as the quality of the work suffers.

Team building

After a long Christmas break, it’s always a good idea to gel with your team. Perhaps a new starter has joined your team, or you simply want to build relationships, arranging a team building session at the beginning of the year can set the tone for the year ahead and boost morale.

It’s a good way to show your team that they’re valued and that as an employer, you believe in promoting wellbeing, which in turn can enhance your working environment and increase productivity.

If you’d like to find out more or to book one of our award-winning suites, our expert Events Team would love to hear from you. Simply give them a call on 0161 868 4020, email or fill out the form here.