Fun Ways For Your Team To Break The Winter Rut

Here in the Northeast, it’s cold out. For those who aren’t fortunate to telecommute, the regular commute is the most taxing on your mental state now than any other part of the year. When it’s dark going to and leaving work, it seems like your whole day is gone. Try not to let this get to you. Be the light that shines through the darkness, and use the following ways to inspire your team to break their winter rut.

  1. Team Stretch In The Morning

This is a great way to not only beat the winter rut but also set up a healthy habit for your team members. A nimble body leads to a nimble mind with stretching being the key. Try to incorporate deep breathing in tandem with the stretching and then you have a makeshift office yoga session. Stretching together will help forge a communal harmony to the team. Just be sure to not do anything too challenging, as you want to inspire and not alienate team members. This can be done with your team on the phone as well.

  1. Natural Pick Ups

While coffee is great and arguably natural, try having an 8oz glass of water with a little lemon (1 tablespoon) or lime squeezed in. Lemons and limes are loaded with electrolytes that caffeine can’t give you. Serve it incredibly cold and that will wake up your team. The major benefit of this natural pick up is unlike caffeinated beverages – there is no crash.

  1. Go Bowling

Bowling is an indoor activity that everybody can enjoy. It may be an effort to get the team to initially go out, but once they get to the alley, chances are they will have fun. Bowling is not physically or mentally intensive and often provides people with lots of laughs. Again, the hardest part will be to get your team to actually go after work hours. All in all, bowling is a great way to have a non-competitive communal experience for your team, and hopefully shake them out of seasonal depression.

  1. Casual Fridays

Due to the radical shift of weather in the Northeast, implementing casual Fridays for summer and winter is an easy way to lift people’s spirits. Much like the summer, dressing professionally in winter is a process. Maintaining the straightness of you shirt or pants can be difficult after dressing in multiple layers. Your dress shoes will incur wear and tear walking through the salted streets and sidewalks. Having a day where your team can wear boots and sweatshirts will mean a lot, as it is one less thing to worry about when planning for their day.

  1. Museum Day

Pull the mind out of a rut by stimulating it. Bring your team to a museum (if one is local) for a morning. People will be grumpy when out of their routine but will ultimately be grateful once they attend. A random trip to the museum will spark different parts of the brain as your team learn new things and think beyond their routine of the work day and commute in cold weather.

The key to getting people out of the winter rut is to keep them engaged and moving. Little wonder that the majority of these tips involve the body and mind. When seasons change, so should your applications of maintaining leadership and bringing people together.

Patrick Coughlin is a Marketing Analyst at Consultants 2 Go.