News: Small businesses braced for winter blues

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New research has revealed the effect Seasonal Affective Disorder or the ‘winter blues’ has on businesses.

In a study of more than 1,000 office workers, Epson found that 20% of Britons admit to calling in sick because of the winter blues, with each taking off four days a year. This equates to more than 9 million work days lost each year.

Almost half (48%) or workers say they rarely or never see sunlight on the way to or from work during the winter months, with lack of natural light being a main contributor to Seasonal Affective Disorder. As a result, 60% find it harder to get out of bed, and 59% say they lack motivation. Some 58% say the winter months cause them to be depressed, and 52% feel they are more susceptible to illness.

A third (33%) of survey respondents said better lighting in the office would improve the mood of employees, while 27% want a more colourful work space and 20% would like to see more creative visuals and colourful presentations.

Neil Colquhoun, director of Epson, said “Companies have to remain competitive and start the year on a high – losing valuable manpower because of winter weather is not an option. Workers are calling out for simple steps, such as bringing more light and colour into the workplace.”


Kasey writes about the latest small business and website news for bOnline. Find Kasey on Google+, or follow bOnline on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+

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