How can you beat the ‘Blue Monday’ blues? Flexible office specialist, Workthere, has revealed its top tips for a ‘Happy Monday’ on 20th January – to help office workers avoid what is widely quoted as the ‘most depressing’ day of the year.
Workthere’s top tips are below:
● Interact with colleagues
Workthere research reveals that 73% of office workers think catching up with their office colleagues after the weekend is one of the happiest moments in their working day1. When you get into work on Blue Monday, take some time to chat with your colleagues and ask them about their weekend. The interaction will help start your day off right and ultimately boost your mood.
● Get your work done
A recent study by Workthere found that between 10am and 11am is the most productive time of day for UK office workers2, so make sure to use this time to whittle through your to-do list and get those tasks you’ve been putting off done. In the same study, Monday was also revealed to be the second most productive day of the week, so this really is the perfect chance to be productive.
● Listen to Pop Music
It’s natural to experience a slump on Blue Monday, but pop music could be the key to boosting your mood. According to Workthere research, listening to music at work increases productivity by a quarter (25%) and boosts mood by 35%3. When it comes to the genre it’s pop music that really helps, with nearly four in ten office workers (38%) claiming this is the key to working hard. So, have your Ed, Ariana and Bruno at the ready!
● Take your lunch break
Research from Workthere has found that lunch breaks are the happiest moment in the working day for the majority of UK workers (82%)1, but the average lunch break in the UK lasts just 34 minutes and more than half (52%) of workers skip their lunch break completely4. On Blue Monday, make a conscious effort to take your full lunch break away from your desk, either by going for a walk or sitting down to eat with your colleague. Do so, and you’re bound to feel more energised and ready to take on the afternoon.
● Have a treat
To help pick yourself up on Blue Monday, why not reward yourself with a sweet treat? Research shows 80%of UK workers say office treats bring them happiness at work1, therefore it could be a nice idea to pick up some sweets, chocolate or healthy snacks for you and your colleagues to enjoy.
● Go home on time
The majority of UK office workers finish work at 5pm, but according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), we now work 30 minutes more every week compared to 10 years ago.5 So, if you’ve hit a slump, make an effort to pack up and leave on time. You’ll have more time for yourself in the evening to do what you want to do, like go to the gym, enjoy a meal out, or relax and watch TV.
Freddie Ward, associate director at Workthere, comments: “Blue Monday can be a tough time, but it doesn’t have to be a bad day in the office. Instead of dwelling on the gloominess of the day, our top tips should help you beat the Blue Monday blues, with small changes you can implement to boost mood and productivity.
“With a variety of working spaces available, complimentary tea and coffee facilities, a diverse mix of other users to talk to and very often some form of health and wellbeing offer, flexible offices lend themselves well to providing everything you need for a productive and positive day at work.”
To find out more about staying happy at work, visit Workthere’s blog here: https://www.workthere.com/en-gb/news-guides/people/5-things-you-need-to-be-happy-at-work/