Beat the Blues 2017 Blue Monday The Most Depressing Day Of The Year
We recently posted on social media that we were helping our staff ‘Beat the Blues’ so in this post we are looking at what we got up to in order to turn the most depressing day of the year into a more positive experience, whilst simultaneously raising awareness for mental health disorders.
Here at George Banco we have over time grown into a sizeable and fairly diverse community of individuals. Many of us consider our colleagues as a form of family. Let’s face it, we spend so much time with each other that it would be hard not to.
As with any community, we have a range of personalities so it would naïve to think that no-one working at George Banco could be suffering in silence and struggling with some form of concern that is affecting their mental health.
Emily Critchley, Head of HR and Personal Development, saw the upcoming reports covering Blue Monday being reported in the press and decided to delve a little deeper. After investigation Emily felt that the most depressing day of the year seemed like the perfect reason to request a change to company protocol and organise something a little different to help the staff.
Blue Monday 2017 has been reported in the press to be the most depressing day of the year. This year Blue Monday fell on Monday 16th January 2017. The Blue Monday theory was developed by Welsh psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall back in 2005, who came up with a way to rate the varying ‘misery factors’ that affect people at this time of the year. It encompasses such factors as the weather and debt amongst them, but this year it is thought to be worse than in previous years. This is due to last year’s huge number of celebrity deaths, the Brexit decision and the uncertainty related to the rise of Donald Trump as President of the U.S. adding to an already dismal list.
Emily organised a surprise coffee morning where she personally served hot chocolate with cream and sprinkles alongside home-made cupcakes made by our Head of Lending, Jess Franklin.
Emily took time to speak to each of the staff members as she was handing out the surprise goodies to them, understanding how they are getting along and letting each of them know their positive value to George Banco and it’s staff. It was a great way to open a dialogue with members of the team who were able to share some of the problems they thought they had to face alone.
We have said it before and we will repeat it continually, our staff are what set us apart from the competition. Of course we have a great product offering but there are other competitors that can offer similar. What sets us apart is the extra mile each of our staff are prepared go to help George Banco applicants and customers with their queries.
Prior to Monday I issued our monthly staff bulletin highlighting the need for a Mental Health Awareness campaign within our organisation and GB’s commitment to increase awareness in the workplace. In my opinion the gesture touched some employees and has perhaps helped to reach out to those who may be suffering in silence. The cupcakes were well received as well.
We take our staff’s wellbeing very seriously here at George Banco and will continue looking for ways to keep every single one of them happy and healthy in the workplace.
If you would like further information on the Blue Monday article then please click here.