Many HR professionals describe the 3rd Monday in January as the gloomiest day of the year. The January slump seems to be in place and it takes more than a day to get over it. Typically productivity in most office situations slows down in December. That tends to run over into January.
Suggestions to tackle the productivity aspect include providing a psychological boost for employees. That can be as simple as scheduling productivity targets for January before the holiday season. It may be that employees are given the option of leaving early for achieving goals. Another idea is to provide incentives to employees for creative suggestions to get over the slump factor.
Clearly it is a matter of taking a different approach from the usual day-to-day operations. What have you tried in your business that has worked?
Business Transition Specialist, Marie-Helene Sakowski at firstname.lastname@example.org