With Valentine’s Day just around the corner,
how about creating some good “Employee Relations” fun?
Some ideas might include offering Valentine Cookies to your staff that day; perhaps bringing in some warm croissants or bagels for everyone… Maybe even having an office or workplace decorating contest! Whatever you do, creating an environment of happiness and joy will promote good employee relations which in turn lessen turnover and increase business. Because…
How to Use Goal Setting for a Great Start to the New Year
By Julie Morris
It’s a new year, and there’s likely a lot you’re hoping to achieve in 2017. Whether you’re going after a promotion, changing careers, or diving into entrepreneurship, the best way to ensure you make the most of the year is to set goals to keep you on track from January to December. Then, make priorities and stick to your plan to achieve them. Here are tips for doing so:
Update Leftover 2016 Goals
Look over your 2016 year-end goals and honestly and realistically re-evaluate them. Are any still achievable? Will they be meaningful for your business in 2017? If so, those are the goals to keep. Let the others go to make way for more realistic and/or beneficial achievements.
Now, make an action plan that includes daily plans and tasks you need to make and complete to meet your new realistic goals by your deadline. For example, if you want to build a new website by mid-February to showcase your job skills and career achievements to get the attention of potential new employers, create a list of achievable to-dos for the project for each week. So, the first week you might decide on your domain name and purchase it. The second week you might gather the content you plan to add to the site. And so on. The more you plan, the better your chances of sticking to the schedule and reaching your goals.
Make Every Move about Achieving Your Goals
You may not realize it, but spending time chatting with colleagues or staff, hanging out by the water cooler, and scrolling through a timeline or surfing the internet adds up quickly and steals time from your day. Depending on your level of self-control, you may need to put your smartphone on silent and place it in your desk drawer. You probably should remove your smartwatch and put it in the drawer, too. Let your assistant or a close colleague know that you are turning off your mobile devices so you can focus on achieving your goals and ask them to help you minimize your distractions.
It’s also helpful if you get the clutter off your desk or out of your workspace so you can concentrate on your most important tasks of the day to achieve your new goals. Clutter may remind you of old projects or tasks, so it’s better to get it out of sight so those jobs stay out of mind and you have an easier time focusing on your more pressing to-do list.
Reflect on Past Failures
If you find that you are powering through tasks in order to reach goals, it may be because you remember the feeling of failing to meet goals in years past. If you take time to reflect on those goals and analyze why you didn’t achieve them, you may recognize a pattern or issue that is preventing you from meeting goals.
Once you identify the issue, make it a point to eliminate it for this year. It may be something as simple as needing to prioritize your goals so that you don’t allow minor tasks to take up too much of your time. In any event, reflecting on your success in achieving previous goals and the distractions or blockades that got in the way of achieving them will help you prioritize your 2017 goals.
Delegate or Take on Fewer Responsibilities
Even if you have prioritized your goals and made a foolproof plan for achieving them, be prepared for other issues or tasks to interrupt you from time to time. You will need to delegate your simpler tasks to make time to tackle these new issues. Or, you will need to learn to say no and take on fewer additional responsibilities that could distract from your priority goals.
With the right goals and mindset, you’ll be able to manage a workable balance between your day-to-day tasks and meeting your career-advancing goals for 2017.
Choices for paid holidaysIf you offer paid holidays, consider eliminating “Christmas Day” specifically, and allow your employees to “choose their designated winter holiday,” such as Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa instead. Offer your employees options when it comes to deciding what holiday they want off. Read more.
The importance of timesheets.Time is money and timesheets are an essential procedure to appropriately calculate the number of hours your employees have worked. Many smaller companies will forgo implementing a timesheet procedure and conduct their payroll and attendance using an unrecorded honor system. Learn more.
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