It’s a new year! That means it’s time to take stock in what you did this past year and how you can improve upon it during this year. New Year’s resolutions have become commonplace with 45% of Americans setting annual goals. Unfortunately, only about 8% of those Americans are successful in achieving what they outline. One of the main reasons is that too many establish unattainable goals that are essentially set up for failure. Resolutions should be focused on long-term development and something that can be done regularly. In this post, we will outline three possible workplace resolutions that all employees can use to improve themselves in 2017.
If you want to see yourself take the next step in your career in 2017, an effective way to do so would be to build your professional network. By meeting new people and developing relationships, you can start to open doors to opportunities that may arise in the future. Be willing to get to know people from a wide range of industries and roles. While you may feel that you have your career path laid out, it is subject to change at a moment’s notice. Your network will become a great resource of knowledge. If you want to learn more about the benefits of networking, check out one of our previous posts on the subject here.
While this resolution may be hard for some initially, the benefits of saving money will become clear. With another year down, you are one step closer to retirement. While it may still be many years off, it is important that you keep your long-term financial goals in mind. Popular ways to maintain and grow your savings include putting a percentage of your paycheck directly into an account that can only be accessed in emergencies and utilizing your employer’s 401(k) program.
In the end, we all want to enjoy going to work, as it is where we spend a good portion of our time during the week. And while this may seem broad, you can solve this problem by considering at least one specific aspect of your job that makes you happy. Whether it is your boss, co-workers or the work itself, focus on it and keep a positive attitude about the rest of things that come with your job. With the right frame of mind, it is remarkable the changes you will be able to see. Another critical part of enjoying your job, even though it may seem contradictory, is being able to get away from it. You will lose interest if you do anything all of the time. Maintain a solid work-life balance to get away from the daily stresses of work.
Excited about 2017? Take a look at our recent post discussing some popular workplace trends to look forward to!