As 2016 slunk away amid the traditional fireworks and fanfare, many in the West felt they’d finally seen the back of a year that couldn’t go quickly enough. But, quite predictably perhaps, the early signs suggest that the next 12 months are going to be even more tumultuous: for one thing, it’s only now that the true impact of 2016’s biggest bombshells – Brexit and the Trump presidency – can begin to be felt. And it’s hardly as if the world’s politics and economy were on a steady footing to begin with.
This level of change can be daunting, and questions of the future may have a huge impact on the here and now – not least in destabilising people’s efforts to be happy and motivated in their work. And this can cause knock-on problems: having a happy and valued workforce is a crucial part of a company’s success, as it leads to better staff retention, increased productivity and greater innovation.
But there’s good news here too: as those storms keep coming, this is at least one area you can control. So here’s how to keep your employees healthy, engaged and productive as the year takes shape.