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Keepable New Year’s Resolutions For Employers

A Healthier, Wealthier, And Happier Workplace

Keepable New Year’s Resolutions For Employers
By Mark Swartz
Monster Contributor
Each year the most popular new year's resolutions stay consistent. Surveys show that getting healthier, making more money, and being happier top the list.
This goes for people – but what about for employers. Are there resolutions you can make (and keep) to cheer up your workplace this year?
Here are 10 pledges you can commit to for the next dozen months. Most won't cost you a cent. But they're priceless in terms of the goodwill and productivity you'll generate.
Get Healthier – Create A Healthier Workplace
1. I will put into place more work/life balance initiatives.

Your staff is working hard, doing more with less. You can aid in preventing burnout with some simple steps. A bit of flexibility with scheduling helps. Letting people work from home, either permanently or on occasion, is a good idea too. So is job sharing if you can arrange it.

2. I will make wellness a priority for my people. Employee wellness is all about creating a healthier workplace. To encourage this, consider doing things like subsidizing gym memberships, offering stress management and relaxation classes at lunch, or bringing in a nutrition counsellor to coach your staff. Overall wellness also involves constructing a safe and positive workplace culture.
3. I will create a healthier environment for sharing ideas.

 In trying to make sure your point is made, or to stimulate a discussion, you might be sharing all your ideas and then asking the rest of the team for input. At that point it's often too late. When you really want their input, you must ask questions and shut up! Let the group share their thoughts as a means of team building. Be patient and give them time. This creates a less threatening environment for discussion and openness. 

Earn More Money – Boost Productivity And Engagement
4. I will involve others in goal setting and planning.

Your staff is involved in the business too. Wouldn’t you like them to be more personally invested in its success? If so, you have to involve them in the goals and planning for the business. You may set the overall direction. But let them take part in agreeing on the outcomes. Slowing down enough to include your people in this important work is key to greater commitment and follow-through.

5. I Will focus feedback on the future. 

You want people to improve. In almost every case, people want to do better. Yet most workplace feedback is focused on something that can’t be changed: the past. If you want to be a more effective coach to your team and help them advance their skills and results, give them feedback and advice about what they can do next time. Be specific and clear. Then be sure to regularly conduct employee performance reviews.

Be Happier – Invite More Cheer Into Your Office
6.  I will pay small compliments to those who least expect it

What’s it cost to put a smile on someone’s face by praising them? Well, maybe it costs a little when it’s someone you normally don’t get along with. Today disarm them with charm. Surprise them with a compliment and see if that doesn’t perk them up.

7.   I will withhold minor criticism
When someone messes up, it's tempting to blast them for it. How about you think for a moment of the positives they contribute. Then, if you still feel the need to rip their head off for their small error, attend one of those relaxation seminars you've sponsored instead. Not every small mistake has to be pointed out.
8.   I will show up for a meeting early and introduce myself to strangers
Walked into a meeting room and there are people you’ve never seen before? Rather than ignore them or wait for brief official introductions, head their way and shake their hand. It’ll make them feel welcome (and they’ll remember you in an upbeat light).
9.   I will let my staff leave a half hour early every now and then
Your employees deserve an occasional break. You have the power to give them one. Letting them leave before quitting time frees them up to beat traffic and spend added time with their loved ones. They’ll be thankful; you’ll feel like a nicer person.
10.   I will say hello (and smile) to people I don’t know
How many people do you pass by at work without making eye contact? How about this time you flash them a smile and say hi. They might be taken aback for a moment, but it does kind of re-humanize the workplace.