With 2018 upon us, many have created resolutions for things they wish to achieve, or stop doing, in order to make themselves happier and/or healthier. A new year is also perfect for setting workplace goals for the year. While some may be long term, such as “win Salesperson of the Year award”, others can be acted on immediately. Here are some tips for starting – and sticking with – workplace resolutions that will help you and your colleagues have a fantastic year:

1. Learn to appreciate yourself
It’s easy to be down on ourselves, always pushing to do more or be the “best”, so when mistakes happen, they feel like failure. Don’t be so hard on yourself! Being self-deprecating won’t help the situation, unless perhaps it’s in a humorous manner. Strive to understand what went wrong, figure out how you can fix it (with help if needed), and do your best to remedy that situation in timely, professional manner. Mistakes are just a part of life, and supervisors often understand that, but how you handle them can have a big impact on your career and how others see you.

2. Spend time wisely
Time theft is a very real thing, and with the advent of social media, it has only become easier to do so. But beyond the concept that using work time for personal tasks is stealing, you are robbing yourself of productivity. As noted in an Inc. article from 2014, 4 years before this blog was written, “it’s estimated that the average American spends nearly one quarter of their work day browsing social media for non-work related activities”. How much more productive could we all be if we just put our phones away and stayed on task while at work? We could close more sales, finish projects in a more timely fashion, be more responsive to clients, etc. Only good things can come from being more efficient in your position, so why not give it a shot?

The same article points out that these social media sites can also really negatively affect a person’s mood, therefore potentially affecting anyone who comes in contact with that person throughout the work day.

If you are constantly on social media at work, try giving it up during working hours for just one week and analyse the results. You may find you are happier, more productive, and more successful in your other work goals

3. Minimize the gossiping
We all do it from time to time, but gossiping in the workplace often leads to cliques, hostility, and even harassment. It’s best to remember that age-old advice and “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. When people attempt to gossip with you, there are many things you can do to avoid it, such as saying something nice about the person instead, changing the subject, or even simply just walking away and not taking part in it. After awhile, people will understand you aren’t interested in office gossip, which will hopefully allow for more meaningful one on one interactions with co-workers.

4. Take a critical look at yourself
We’re not suggesting you criticize yourself, but rather try to think about your past actions and words from an unbiased view point. Perhaps you are a bit unprofessional around certain people, are quick to complain, arrive late frequently, etc. These actions are not only affecting your own well being, but also workplace culture in general. Unprofessionalism, complaining, and disregarding office hours can all have a ripple effect, creating an unpleasant workplace where people simply aren’t being efficient. Show yourself, and your supervisors, that you are a hardworking, dependable, and drama-free employee, and you may just find yourself in line for a raise or promotion!

5. Celebrate victories
People are often modest about their own accomplishments, but that’s not helping you or your career! Be proud (not pompous) of what you’ve achieved, and make sure your bosses know you worked hard to create the best possible results. It’s also fantastic to celebrate other’s victories as well, which helps create a more supportive culture. Congratulating your co-workers on their big sale, promotion, etc. is a great way to boost office morale and create positive workplace relationships.

We know these tips are easier said than done, but with a little discipline and time, they can be achieved. For help with remembering your goals, print them out and post them in your workspace in a spot where you will see them often. Stick with them and reap the positive results!