You may set some personal New Year’s resolutions — about half of Americans (41%) make at least one resolution — but what about professional resolutions? Setting some professional resolutions can give you goals to work toward and provide focus in the year ahead.
Plus, we spend about one-third of our lives at work, Anna Webber, a team contributor to the TeamBonding blog, says. She adds that now is a great time to focus on what improvements can be made going forward, whether you are in the office, working from home or doing a hybrid of both.
Wondering what kind of New Year’s resolutions you could make for work? Keep reading this issue of Promotional Consultant Today, where we share some of Webber’s top ideas.
1. Keep a tidier workspace. Clearing out the clutter is a great way to kick off 2023. Go through the items on your desk and either file or discard paperwork. If you think you might need something, Webber recommends saving a digital copy. Commit to daily, weekly or monthly decluttering to keep your workspace clean in the new year.
2. Step away for lunch. Do you typically eat at your desk? If so, make a resolution to get away from your desk for a proper lunch break. You don’t have to go out to eat — just block off 30 minutes or so for a true break in your day. Webber points out a survey that reveals that employees who take a lunch break every day score higher on several engagement metrics compared to those who do not take regular lunch breaks.
3. Push yourself to exceed expectations. How can you go above and beyond for your boss, colleagues or clients? Webber says small tasks will add up fast and make you look like a new and improved employee and possible promotions could be on the horizon.
4. Plan more fun activities. If you lead a team, make a resolution to plan more activities, from lunches out to holiday parties. These kind of non-work events let your team members get to know each other better, which can help build trust and create a sense of camaraderie.
5. Look on the bright side more often. Another great resolution for the workplace is simply committing to being a more uplifting and optimistic person. You’ll end up impacting your team members and help boost everyone’s mood, Webber says. She recommends beginning with focusing on your physical and mental wellness, remembering to celebrate even the smallest of wins.
Creating resolutions can refresh your enthusiasm. Consider making a workplace resolution or two and start your year off with purpose.
Compiled by Audrey Sellers
Source: Anna Webber is a team contributor to the TeamBonding blog. TeamBonding delivers in-person and virtual team-building experiences for companies around the world.