According to Business Insider, a staggering 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. But don’t let that put you off.
Research conducted by Bupa last year found that more than half (52%) of respondents claim New Year’s resolution success lies in setting smaller, more achievable goals, while 26% of men and 21% of women say technology is key to helping them stay on track.
But perhaps there’s another solution. As they say, teamwork makes the dream work, so maybe the trick to succeeding at New Year’s resolutions is to group together and set goals for the whole office to follow. These could include:
Focus on wellbeing
2017 has been the year that employee mental wellbeing became a focal point for businesses of all sizes. Real Business notes that there has been greater political interest, heightened public awareness, and more transparency around the importance of workplace wellbeing, and this had led more and more employers to review their wellness practices.
2018 is the time to put those policies into action. Create an open and supportive culture where staff feel they can discuss their issues. And don’t underestimate the impact physical fitness can have on wellness. Consider offering gym discounts or, if you’re a smaller business, look at having a yoga teacher come in once a week. It will show staff you value their wellbeing and will help everyone in the office to keep on track with this resolution.
Encourage time away from desks
Gone is the notion that sitting at your desk from 8am til 9pm would lead to increased productivity. A 2015 YouGov and Virgin survey found that over half (51%) of full-time UK employees had experienced anxiety or burnout in their current role. But now we know that taking breaks boosts productivity.
For 2018, encourage all staff to take time away from their desks to increase their wellbeing and productivity.
Socialising with team members shouldn’t just happen at the work Christmas party. Whether it’s taking time to celebrate achievements in the company, arranging drinks after work or simply having a company lunch every now and then, individual departments and the business as a whole will benefit from closer teams.
How many meetings have you been to that could have been a quick email? Perhaps not surprising, then, that meetings are constantly listed in the top office annoyances. As you head into the new year, make a vow to keep meetings to a minimum. Having collaborative spaces in your office can reduce the need for meetings, as it gives teams a chance to actively work together and catch up on projects, without having to take time out of their day to sit down in the meeting room.
Keep the kitchen tidy
Your office no doubt has certain employees that are always the first ones in. And these poor souls have probably walked in to a dirty kitchen on more than one occasion. It’s not fair that the same staff deal with this all the time — especially if they’re not the culprits!
Make a pact to keep the kitchen tidy, for everyone’s sake. Perhaps creating a rota will be the best, and fairest way, of ensuring it is kept clean and free from yesterday morning’s smoothie.