Every New Years’ people around the world decide to set a new bar of expectations for the upcoming year. For many individuals, this involves weight loss, exercise, and other mundane goals. However, a get set of New Years’ resolutions have the potential to set you apart from the pack and help you climb the corporate ladder.
Make a resolution to be organised. Having all of your work supplies arranged so that they can easily be found and all of your deadlines carefully tracked can ensure that projects are completed seamlessly, effortlessly, and on time. Adding an organisation system to your office and using project management software can greatly increase your productivity. Leaders can help support employee resolutions to be organised by arranging a New Years’ office revitalisation party, where each employee is tasked with organising and rearranging their office space. Providing each employee with a stipend for organisational tools can also be beneficial. This way, employees can tailor their organisational system to meet their individual needs.
Make a resolution to improve your time management skills. Increasing productivity is all about knowing where your time is going. Installing a time tracking software on your computer can let you know just how long you spend responding to emails, working on a given project, or mindlessly surfing the internet. Leaders can help improve employees time management skills by providing these time tracking softwares, gifting employees with books of time management strategies to read over the holidays, and rewarding those who implement them successfully.
Make a resolution to always go the extra mile in whatever you do. Once employees master time management strategies, they will be able to improve the quality of their work products. Leaders can support this professional growth by providing ongoing training, supporting employees both financially and practically as they continue their education, and providing innovative solutions to problems as they arise.
Make a resolution to be confident. Thoroughly understanding job tasks and performance measures can help employees to feel more confident in their work role. Employees who are confident in their abilities are more productive, engaged, and satisfied with their jobs. Leaders who provide evidence based performance appraisals will see improved employee confidence as constrictive feedback continues to enforce positive work behaviors.
Make a resolution to build strong professional networks. Increased employee confidence can easily translate to strong professional networking skills. Actively seeking out and engaging with skilled professionals in related jobs can help to improve employees’ work engagement and enrich their professional life. Leaders can help employees to build these important connections by hosting guests who are respected in their field and providing financial support and time off for employees to attend professional conferences. Leaders can also offer training programs to help employees learn the necessary communication skills to network successfully.
Make a resolution to be a better team member. As employees develop increased confidence and networking skills, they will naturally become more engaged and productive members of the work team. Leaders can encourage this increased engagement by rewarding the team instead of the individual and encouraging employees to ask their team members for help when they need it.
As employees are better able to engage with their work tasks and their professional colleagues, they will naturally increase their confidence, productivity, and their satisfaction with their job. As leaders continue to support these goals they will surely find that rates of employee absenteeism and turnover will decrease and a positive office culture will bloom.
Head of Training
Updated on: 7 January, 2015
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