Morale boosters
Winter is coming—and fast. Depending on where you live, it’s a time defined by cool temperatures and overcast skies, conditions that are often … less than inspiring.Morale is a shared sense of pride and enthusiasm among those in a group. It is especially important in trying times and may be just the ticket to enduring a brutal winter, one that affects innumerable people all looking for the right diagnosis or medication for the bug that’s got them down. So when the endless stream of people keep coming and you and your team begin to feel a little beat yourselves, it’s time for a little office pick-me-up.It’s all about timing
While your team members look to you for inspiration and optimism, particularly in slow seasons or times of need, they may not always ask for help when they need it. Keep an eye out for signs of melancholy colleagues, incomplete projects or sensitive moods because, as the leader of a team, it’s up to you when to decide the time is right. And if you begin to notice a less-than-the-best feeling permeating the office, take action. Make employee satisfaction a top priority to avoid getting caught up in another seasonal slowdown and use morale as a means to stay positive throughout those gray days.

Winter is for winners
Stay ahead of the bitter temperatures and shorter days by budgeting for a morale booster or three throughout winter. Consider these out-of-the-box ideas to recognize the great work—and teamwork—of your colleagues in winter:

  • Sweet tooth time. Surprise your team with a tin of tasty treats to help them power through those gloomy afternoons. Surreptitiously drop a popcorn tin in the break room or have a chocolate tin delivered with a special note for the group—from you!
  • Tag along traveler. If you’ve got an upcoming conference or trade show to attend, why not invite one of your team members in order to give them some insight into the industry and greater enthusiasm for it, too.
  • Treat them to lunch. Pick a day to treat everyone to a nice mid-day meal and use it as a time to remind everyone just how much they mean to the company by highlighting individual achievements in front of the group for all to hear and clap for.
  • Office-wide operation presentation. Break up a slow morning with a quick breakdown of how the office or company as a whole is performing. If the numbers are positive, tell them so; if the numbers are low, encourage them to work together and help one another and to come to you with any questions or concerns. Remind them of their singular and defining goal—to help people. Remind them, too, to take pride in it—and themselves.
  • Meeting, “schmeeting.” For a more fun approach: Call your team into an urgent afternoon meeting. Stress that attendance is mandatory. But, instead of using that time to discuss a serious work-related issue, make it a frivolous thirty minutes devoted to rewarding them for their incredible performance as of late. You could build suspense by starting in a serious voice to suggest the grave importance of the matter before kicking it into celebratory mode … and when you do, don’t just verbally praise them, show them! Give one person a rally towel, one person a pennant, then give someone a foam hand and another person a pom-pom. Save the megaphone for yourself and use it to shout they’re a team worth cheering for!

When team morale is in good health, your team is in good spirits. And when your team is in good spirits, their attitude towards work—and their performance—is likely that much better. Take advantage of winter to boost their morale, and yours. Here’s to team spirit!


November
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American and National Diabetes Month
American Indian Heritage Month
Aviation History Month
Banana Pudding Lovers Month
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Family Stories Month
Gluten-Free Diet awareness Month
Green and Plantains Month
Historic Bridge Awareness Month
International Drum Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
MADD’s Tie One on for Safety Holiday Campaign (11/16-12/31)
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Prematurity Awareness Month
PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month
Spinach and Squash Month
Sweet Potato Awareness Month
NoSHAVEember or Movember
Vegan Month
Weekly
National Fig Week: 1-7
National Patient Accessibility Week: 1-7
World Communication Week: 1-7
Sherlock Holmes Weekend: 2-4
Health Information and Technology Week: 4-10
International Fraud Awareness Week: 4-10
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week: 4-10
National Nurse Practioner’s Week: 4-10
National Rad Tech Week: 4-10
Give Wildlife a Break Week: 5-9
Dear Santa Letter Week: 7-13
Pursuit of Happiness Week: 7-13
American Education Week: 11-17
Geography Awareness Week: 11-17
National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week: 11-17
National Global Entrepreneurship Week: 11-17
World Kindness Week: 12-18
National Young Reader’s Week: 12-16
National Farm-City Week: 16-22
National Bible Week: 18-22
National Family Week: 18-24
National Game and Puzzle Week: 18-24
Better Conversation Week: 19-25
National Deal Week: 21-28
Church/Sate Separation Week: 22-26
Daily
1: All Saints Day
1: Give Up Your Shoulds Day
1: National Authors Day
1: National Family Literacy Day
1: National Go Cook For Your Pets Day
1: National Men Make Dinner Day
1: Prime Meridian Day
2: All Souls Day
2: Cookie Monster Day
2: National Medical Science Liaison Awareness Day
2:  Plan Your Epitaph Day
2-4: Pumpkin Chunkin Days
2: National Traffic Directors Day
3: Cliché Day
3: Sadie Hawkins Day
3: Sandwich Day
4: Daylight Savings End
4: National Chicken Lady Day
4: Use Your Common Sense Day
4: Zero Tasking Day
5: Job Action Day
6: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation
of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
6: Election Day
6: Saxophone Day
7: National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
8: Abet and Aid Punsters Day
8: Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
8: National Parents as Teachers Day
8: X-ray Day
9: Domino Day
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9-11: National Donor Sabbath Days
10: Area Code Day
10: Marine Corp Birthday
10: National Day of Play
10: National Gaming Day
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10: Windows Day
11: Death/Duty Day
11: International Tongue Twister Day
11: Origami Day
11: Veterans  Day
11: World Kindness Day
12: Baha’’llah Day
12: Veterans  Day (Observed)
12: World Orphan Day
13: Diwali
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14: Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
14: National American Teddy Bear Day
14: National Educational Support Professionals Day
14: International Girls Day
14: Spirit of NSA (National Speakers Association) Day
14: Universal Children’s Day
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15: America Recycles Day
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15: Guinness World Record Day
15: I Love to Write Day
15: National Bundt (Pan) Day
15: Use Less Stuff Day
16: International Day for Tolerance
17: Homemade Bread Day
17: National Unfriend Day
17: Family Volunteer Day
17: National Adoption Day
17: National Day of Play
17: National Survivors of Suicide Day
17: World Prematurity Awareness Day
18: Married to a Scorpio Support Day
18: Mickey Mouse Day
18: Push-button Phone Day
18: Transgender Day of Remembrance
19: Equal Opportunity Day
19: Have a Bad Day Day
19: Rocky and Bullwinkle Day
19: World Toilet Day
20: African Industrialization Day
20: Children’s Day
20: Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day (GOHARD)
20: Name Your PC Day
20: World Day of remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
21: Alascattalo Day
21: GIS Day (Geographic Information System)
21: Tie One on Day
21: World Hello Day
21: World Television Day
22: Humane Society Anniversary Day
22: Thanksgiving Day
22: Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Day
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24: Brownielocks Day
23-24 Buy Nothing Day
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25: You’re Welcome Giving Day
26: Cyber Monday
27: National Day of Listening
29: Electronic Greeting Day
29: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
30: Computer Security Day
30: National Meth Awareness Day
30: Stay Home Because You’re Well Day
December
Monthly
Awareness Month of Awareness Months Month
World Aids Month
Bingo’s Birthday Month
National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D)
National Write a Business Plan Month
National Tie Month
Operation Santa Paws
Quince and Watermelon Month
Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month
Safe Toy and Gift Month
Spiritual Literacy Month
Take a New Year’s Resolution to Stop Smoking
Tomato and Winter Squash Month
Universal Human Rights Month
Worldwide Food Service Safety Month
Weekly
Cookie Cutter Week: 1-7
Tolerance Week: 1-7
Recipe Greeting for the Holidays Week: 1-8
Clerc-Gallaudet Week: 4-10
National Handwashing Awareness Week: 6-12
Chanukah (Hanukkkah): 9-16
Human Rights Week: 10-17
Halcyon Days: 14-18
Christmas Bird Count Week: 16-1/5
Gluten-Free Baking Week: 16-22
Posadas: 16-24
Saturnalia: 17-23
It’s About Time Week: 25-31
Kwanzaa: 26-1/1
Daily
1: Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day
1: Earmuff Day or Chester Greenwood Day
1: Special Kids Day
1: Civil Air Patrol Day
1: Day With(out) Art Day
1: Rosa Parks Day
1: Skywarn Recognition Day
1: World Aids Day
2: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day
2: National Mutt Day
2: Special Education Day
3: International Day of Disabled Persons
4: National Cookie Day
4: National Dice Day
5: AFL-CIO Day
5: Bathtub Party Day
5: International Ninja Day
5: Internati­onal Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development
6: Miners’ Day
6: National Pawnbrokers Day
6: St. Nicholas Day
7: Faux Fur Friday
7: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
7: International Civil Aviation Day
7: National Cotton Candy Day
8: Day of the Horse
8: International Shareware Day
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9: International Anti-corruption Day
9: Worldwide Candle Lighting Day
9
: Weary Willie Day
9: World Choral Day
10: Dewey Decimal System Day
10: Human Rights Day
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11: International Mountain Day
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14: Monkey Day
14: National Salesperson Day
15: Bill of Rights Day
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16: Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
16: Free Shipping Day
16: National Chocolate-covered Anything Day
16: Zionism Day
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18: International Migrants Day
19: Day for South-South Cooperation
20: International Human Solidarity Day
20: Mudd Day
20: National Re-gifting Day
21: Crossword Puzzle Day
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21: National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
21: Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day
21: Underdog Day
21: World Peace Day/Winter Solstice
21: Yalda
21: Yule
22: Ann & Samantha Day
22: National Haiku Poetry Day
23: Festivus
24: Christmas Eve
25: A’Phabet Day or No ‘L’ Day
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26: Boxing Day
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26: National Thank-you Note Day
26: National Whiner’s Day
28: Holy Innocents Day
28: National Chocolate Day
28: Pledge of Allegiance Day
29: Tick Tock Day
30: Bacon Day
30: Falling Needles Family Fest Day
31: Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
31: Make Up Your Mind Day
31: New Years Eve
31: No Interruptions Day
31: Universal Hour of Peace Day
31: World Peace Meditation Day
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