In my time as an executive coach, I’ve noticed a trend among the individual leaders and companies I work with: the last few months of the year wear us out. We’re grumpy. Exhausted. Fried. We forget our manners with our colleagues, and vow that all we need is a nice long break. We believe the new year will bring renewed energy, optimism, and respect for our colleagues.
These issues are all part of what I call the emotional culture of a workplace. It’s a critical (but often underexplored) factor in your organization’s success. And while time off does tend to help, the arrival of January is no guarantee that things will suddenly be smooth sailing again.
It’s the start of a new year. Use that to your advantage and take the time now to invest in your people and reset your corporate emotional culture.