A new year means new business goals, so shouldn’t you be setting personal achievement goals for work too? The goals you set for yourself will completely depend upon your job and what you hope to accomplish for your career and day-to-day work life. Here are five office resolutions you can set for yourself in 2017.
Learn something new every day
Treat every workday like it’s a school day. Even if it’s a simple task, challenging yourself to learn something new every day is good for your mind and for your career. After weeks, months and years of learning something new on a daily basis, you’ll find that you’ve grown quite a bit in your position, which could open new opportunities for you including a raise, a promotion and improved job satisfaction.
Understand business goals
Remember to look at your job beyond yourself. How does it affect the company as a whole? By understanding the big picture, you’ll be able to understand the impact that your role has directly on the business. This is sure to help inspire you to do better work and will almost certainly give you a newfound sense of accomplishment and pride in your work.
When you’re working 40 hours a week in an office setting, staying fit can be tough. You probably sit for most of your work day, which can be detrimental to your health in the long term. If you don’t already have one, ask your company to provide you with a standing desk that you can use to get moving throughout your work day. In the meantime, burn off energy by going for a walk over your lunchbreak, stretching periodically and drinking more water. It’s not only a healthier way to work, but it’ll help you beat the afternoon slump too.
Whether it’s in a meeting or over email, communicating effectively is hugely important, and there’s always room for improvement. This year, try to be more conscious of your tone of voice (that includes in writing!) and your body language when communicating with co-workers. Too often the wrong signals are sent by accident, and these issues can be easily avoided if you just remain conscience of how you’re relaying your thoughts and ideas.
Have more fun
You know what they say. All work and no play isn’t very fun at all, is it? Many of us spend more time at the office than we spend at home with our loved ones, so make sure you’re making the most of that time. Whether it’s chatting with co-workers around the water cooler, going out to your favorite lunch spot or doing something to make your actual work more enjoyable, take the time out of each day to have a little fun on the job.
What are your 2017 office resolutions?