Yes, the beginning of the year has something particularly ‘blue’ to it. To a certain extent, it is the season to be sad. It’s always dark and cold outside, the holidays are over and day-to-day routines have kicked in. Feeling low is not uncommon. Nearly one in three people in the UK suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), with symptoms ranging from fatigue and trouble concentrating all the way through to anxiety and depression.
In theory, there’s nothing wrong with the term. But employers and businesses feel uncomfortable about using it. The problem?
The term productivity is tainted by negative connotations that hint at hard work, squeezed employees, and an obsessive — even reckless — focus on yield. There’s a misconception. Productivity by definition is a measure of output per unit of input. Expressed mathematically: