12 RESOLUTIONS FOR A GREAT YEAR AT WORK
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Looking to create a different work experience in the coming year? Follow these 12 resolutions to discover your most productive, happy, and engaged year to date.
12 RESOLUTIONS FOR A GREAT YEAR AT WORK IN 2016: • Create a goal game plan • Strengthen your team • Communicate eﬀectively • Be purpose-driven • Have a weekly recognition mission • Appreciate everyday efforts • Become a mentor • Celebrate special occasions • Practice the great work skills • Work on wellness • Empower your own development • Make it fun
1| CREATE A GOAL GAME PLAN Research shows that people achieve their goals more quickly and successfully when theyhave created a realistic plan for how to get there.
TO GET STARTED, MAKE AN ACTIONABLE TO-DO LIST BY ASKING YOURSELF: • What are the ﬁrst steps? • Who can you reach out to for unique insights? • How will you manage your time and check in on progress? • When is your deadline?
2| COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY Many oﬃce conﬂicts can be eliminated through effective communication. Resolve to be a fair, clear communicator. Whether you need to listen more or focus on voicing your opinions in turn, think about your own communication shortcomings and resolve to tackle them.
3| HAVE A WEEKLY RECOGNITION MISSION Employees of all ages from across the globe most beneﬁt from meaningful recognition when it’s delivered once a week. Make it a priority to reach out and recognize wins (big and small) at least every seven days. It will build camaraderie and happiness— and even empower the team to create more great work.
4 | BECOME A MENTOR Whether you take a new employee under your wing, reach out to a coworker to teach a new skill, or download your team on the latest and greatest from last week’s conference, there are many ways you can spread your knowledge. Look for opportunities in your company’s mentorship program.
5| PRACTICE THE GREAT WORK SKILLS Analyzing over 1.7 million cases of award-winning, groundbreaking work has led researchers to ﬁve skills as the building blocks of making a difference and producing great work.
TRY THESE GREAT WORK SKILLS OUT ON YOUR NEXT PROJECT: 1. Ask the right question 2. See for yourself 3. Talk to your outer circle 4. Improve the mix 5. Deliver the difference
6| EMPOWER YOUR OWN DEVELOPMENT Regardless of what your organization offers as development opportunities, take the reigns to empower your individual and team’s continued learning and development. A focus on development will help you in your role and demonstrate your care about your team’s career growth and future potential.
7 | STRENGTHEN YOUR TEAM Make team building fun and interesting by incorporating new activities that bring a sense of unity and teamwork. Encourage the team to bond and get to know each other better. It will help them be more trusting and appreciative at work.
8 | BE PURPOSE-DRIVEN Your organization has a statement of purpose: the reason why it exists, and how it makes a difference for the recipients of its work. Make it a resolution to create a team purpose, too. By highlighting everyone’s value to accomplishing the team’s goals, you will encourage a purpose-driven team dynamic.
9 | APPRECIATE EVERYDAY EFFORTS Whenever the team brings in a big win, everyone celebrates and congratulates one another. But do you also say thank you for the daily efforts of your coworkers? Look for opportunities to give thanks and appreciate the little efforts that make a big diﬀerence.
10| CELEBRATE SPECIAL OCCASIONS Pause to celebrate special occasions and let the recipient know their unique contributions are noticed and valued. Make sure to create a calendar of these special days and hang it somewhere everyone can see. That way, you’ll always be prepared to celebrate the occasions that count.
11 | WORK ON WELLNESS Research shows that incorporating healthy behaviors makes you more productive and happy at work. Make a commitment to initiate a sense of wellbeing into your team culture by supplying healthy snacks instead of junk food, holding walking meetings, and even taking a break to stretch in between long hours of sitting.
12 | MAKE IT FUN Whether that means going out for brunch once a month with the team, hosting fun outings, decorating your office space in a way that makes you happy, or just having a more positive outlook, resolve to have more fun at work. Your positivity will result in better camaraderie and teamwork for everyone.
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O.C. TANNER AND THE O.C. TANNER INSTITUTE O.C. Tanner, number 40 on the 2015 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, helps organizations create great work environments by inspiring and appreciating great work. Thousands of clients globally use the company’s cloud-based technology, tools, awards, and education services to engage talent, increase performance, drive goals, and create experiences that fuel the human spirit. Learn more at octanner.com. The O.C. Tanner Institute regularly commissions research and provides a global forum for exchanging ideas about recognition, engagement, leadership, culture, human values, and sound business principles.
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