It’s that time of year again when everyone begins looking introspectively and thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. So why shouldn’t professional organizations look at developing resolutions as well? Here is a list of some New Year’s Resolutions for you and your team.
1) Challenge yourself and the organization: It’s easy to become complacent in a role or allow the organization to operate without really digging in to see what challenges employees are facing or what improvements can be made. Whether it’s targeting sales goals, compliance goals, or attending a seminar, write down the goals that you and the team have. At The DAVIS Companies, many employees have whiteboards on their desk showing how their corporate goals align with their personal goals. Friendly competition within teams helps to foster team building and comradery.
2) Be responsible and accountable: Everyone is human and mistakes will happen. How we learn and move on from those mistakes showcases the true professional.
3) Socialize: No, no one likes office drama. But knowing that your peer just succeeded in reaching their business goal or received an accolade from a client is great. Sometimes just being around as an ear to help understand how their day is going or bounce ideas around is a way to learn more about a coworker and form a stronger professional bond. Ask questions about their job or volunteer to mentor a new employee – it will add depth and meaning to your role and your day at work.
4) Volunteer: Sometimes the small things can have a big impact. Many organizations now allow employees to take a day or two out of the year to volunteer at a charity of their choice. This empowers the employee to help a cause that they feel connected too. Additionally, volunteering and being part of a team helps to build transferrable skills that are certainly needed in the workplace. There are also many local charities and organizations that are looking to partner with organizations.
5) Be positive: The day you had scheduled or the short term goals you had in mind might have changed. Life is a journey and there will always be bends and bumps in the road. Allow yourself to partner with those who will help you reach your professional goals and strive to learn something new each day.
On behalf of The DAVIS Companies and the blog team, best wishes for a safe, happy and successful 2015!