Whether you have resolved to lose 5 pounds, stop taking your iPhone to bed, or finally declutter the attic, we all use the start of a new year to set personal growth goals for the 12 months ahead.
But have you ever done the same for your workplace?
The start of 2018 provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our mistakes and successes and identify ways to do better. The idea of setting and keeping resolutions for your workplace may seem trickier than personal resolutions, because a certain level of unpredictability and reactivity are inevitable in every workplace. But most of the frustrations that clutter up your day-to-day can be minimized, if not altogether eliminated, to free up time, money, and mental energy to deal with more important things.
Do any of these statements sound familiar?
- It feels like I always have too much on my plate and can never catch up.
- It feels like I am always putting out fires, and moving from crisis to crisis.
- I want to delegate or outsource more of my work, but I always end up doing it all myself because it’s just quicker and easier that way.
- It is not always clear who is supposed to do what on my team. As a result, sometimes there is duplication of effort or things fall through the cracks.
- I often underestimate how long a project will take, so my team ends up missing deadlines or scrambling at the last minute to get everything done.
- My team and I can never find the folders/files I need, even though we use the same ones all the time.
- When doing a task that I have done before, I often find myself struggling to remember exactly how I did it last time, and end up reinventing the wheel.
- The same problems or errors come up over and over again with my team, and I get very frustrated. I don’t know why this happens, or how to prevent it.
- My business used to run efficiently, but ever since we grew last year, things have been a mess. What changed?
- I often worry that I am not as efficient and productive with my time as I would like to be.
If these are recurring thoughts in your workplace, why not make a new year’s resolution do something about it?
Contact me for a free 30-minute call to learn how I can help make a happier, healthier, and more effective workplace a reality in 2018!