A great thing about February is that if you didn’t begin your new year’s resolutions in January, it’s not too late! You’ve got another chance while it still feels like a new year.
In addition to the typical promises we make to exercise more, eat lots of fruits and veggies, and read better books, we often make workplace resolutions. So managers, listen up! There is a ton to learn from what your staff’s resolutions are, and their promises for the workplace can be an excellent guide for your own. Assuming you’ve made some. But if not, no worries, it’s February! A second chance has been granted.
Here are five common employee resolutions. Each are paired with a recommended resolution so you can help the team head into the new year feeling strong, and not just because they’re eating healthier.
- Avoid office gossip. If your staff is trying to avoid this negative behavior they are giving you a wonderful opportunity for leadership. Of course you never want to begin the gossip, or continue it, but more importantly, maybe there hasn’t been enough opportunity to talk about the great stuff your team is doing. Your Resolution? Make positive information, updates, announcements about staff and families available. Maybe the bulletin board in the lunch room, or the newsletter, need a face lift. If you’re generating great news, the silly gossip will lose its shine.
- Reduce use of Facebook or other internet distractions. If your staff is worried about their focus at their desk, you should be too! This is a great opportunity to discover why they’re bored, stressed, under-worked, confused, or maybe un-noticed. Your resolution? Find out why the team feels disengaged. Reconsider how you approach staff meetings, evaluations, and other methods of communication. Improve connections and opportunities for discussion.
- Develop new skills. If staff feels stagnant, then guide that ship out of the murky pond, they’re counting on you. Even if you can’t afford big retreats, class tuition, or expensive speakers, surely there are options. Remember, showing your team you want them to grow is one of the best types of praise. Your Resolution? Help your employees develop professionally. Find low-cost options for skills and workplace training.
- Get a raise. Everyone begins the new year wanting to curb expenses and increase income, personally and professionally. Your resolution: Review your pay scale, is it competitive? Review your promotion strategy, is it fair? Benefit options are changing daily, have you stayed up to date? If it’s a lean year, are there other incentives you can offer a worried staff? Don’t disregard the commonality of this resolution. See it as an opportunity to be creative or fun.
- And finally: Find a new job. Uh-oh. This is one of the top, and increasing, resolutions,especially for millennials. More than 30% of them begin the new year wanting to leave their jobs according to CareerBuilder.com. What would this kind of turnover mean to your new year? Maybe there is housecleaning to do, maybe not, either way, staff turnover, planned or unexpected, is a lot of work. Your resolution? Talk to your employees. Make sure you’re giving your best, and so are they, then, if you lose them, nobody’s reputation will suffer.
It’s too late to have a new year’s party, but not too late to plan a new years resolution meeting. Give the team an opportunity to express their workplace goals for the year, and to talk to them about your own. Work as a team to troubleshoot any quick fixes (upgrade the bulletin board), and develop strategies or focus groups to look at more complex issue (optional insurance plans). Better communication is vital to solving and meeting each and every one of these resolutions, and it’s February! The year is still young.