How can I get my staff to buck up in January?

The Times

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Narrated by Ann Francke

Q: I noticed last year that the energy in my team took a massive dip in January. Between the weather, the darkness and the strained finances post-Christmas, the can-do attitude of my normally motivated team seemed to disappear. Any tips on how I can motivate people to start the year off right?

A: Well done for anticipating this. The “January blues” — or “winter depression” — are real.

A lack of exposure to sunlight can affect people’s wellbeing. The official term is seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The third Monday of January (“Blue Monday”) is said to be the most depressing day of the year — it’s January 15 this year.

The condition affects many people. Even Adele admits that she gets seasonal depression and that’s