Manage Employees' Exit to a Better New Year

The Year is coming to a close We are ready to embrace the holidays. Luxurious and extra comfy couches are calling! This indulging can steer us onto an unhealthy track that lasts longer than winter break. In the final days of the year, managers can help employees finish out the year right. 

Mindful Eating

Nix the working lunches and meetings. Promote lunches that separate eating with other activities. Studies show we eat less when we are solely focused on eating. It also  gives us a chance to clear our mind and ready ourselves for the rest of the day. 

Mindful Breaks

Along with giving our meals their full attention, encourage breaks that truly restore the mind. Instead of just grabbing coffee or a snack. Encourage individuals to partake in breathing exercises or short meditations as they walk to truly take their mind of their work. This mental break will give employees the ability to energize and ready their mind for work.

Skip The Holiday Party

Many are faced with a sense of anxiety when hit with yet another holiday party. Mixing things up and using the budget for something restorative could change an employee's outlook. Some options include:

  • Meditation retreat
  • Messages
  • Charitable contribution

Send out a quick email to judge the enthusiasm on options.

Remembering SAD

As we approach the second half of the winter, remind employees this is the time of year most people experience Seasonal Affectiveness disorder. Encourage individuals to take care of their mental health by staying socially and physically active. Check out our previous article for some more SAD fighting options. Try to encourage change and activity as we embrace the New Year. Getting people out of their normal winter routines can help them avoid bad habits that lead to lower productivity and declined mental health.  


Cara Jacobsen is the Clinical Director for DataDog Health developing MINDSET, a biomedical app that manages and measures stress regulation for businesses and institutions. She has a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) from St. Louis University. 

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