Winter is here, and with it the snow, the cold, and the long dark nights. Even when the weather is nice and the sun is shining, employees can find it difficult to do their best work. Some employees may even suffer from seasonal affective disorder, which can cause significant depressive effects in sufferers. Winter makes maintaining health and wellness difficult to the point that it can seem impossible that spring will ever arrive.
Despite how tough it is to maintain workplace wellness in the winter months, employers should make the effort to do so. Wellness is important year-round, affecting productivity, turnover, and employee engagement, and employers have considerable control over the conditions that make workplace wellness possible.