As hard as it may be to believe, it’s that time of year again. Another year has come to an end. Hopefully you were successful in fulfilling some of your New Year’s Resolutions. And now, as we sit down to make up a new list of resolutions we do so with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and purpose. If you are thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions, why not add a few resolutions for the workplace too? The idea is to set realistic resolutions that can be met, so don’t put down things like double website traffic by February 1, but do put down things that can be achieved.
Clean out the email inbox
Email is great, but the inbox needs some maintaining or the emails just pile up. Start off the new year by organizing and cleaning out junk emails. Make folders for the “must respond by tomorrow” emails and emails that you only need to read when you have time.
Commit to personal development and learning
Let’s admit it; even the best professionals have room for improvement in their field. Today’s business world moves fast. Keep up with the latest technology and most relevant topics in your field by taking an online course or going to your local community college. Even reading blogs, books and visiting websites on a regular basis about your industry can be beneficial.
Get involved in a professional society
Getting involved with like-minded people in your industry not only presents a great opportunity for networking but also learning. Most professional organizations host industry events, get togethers and even mentoring programs. You can help a high school or college student – sometimes even younger kids – learn about your industry.
Realize you’re human. We all make mistakes. Even the best of us. So if you do make a mistake at work, acknowledge it, do what you can to rectify the situation and then, to quote “Frozen,” let it go.
Say “thank you” more often
Whether it’s your customers or co-workers make a commitment to thank people for all they do. Has someone at work made your life easier, been pleasant to deal with or has a customer or vendor gone out of their way to help you? Remember to say thank you. Emails, a personal note or doing something special not only shows people you appreciate them but also makes you feel good too.
Happy New Year from your friends at OSG!