Five New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Your Workplace

Five New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Your Workplace

The year 2021 is coming to a close and it’s the time of year when employees are pondering on what should be their New Year’s resolutions for 2022 especially when it comes to their professional lives. When making your goals for next year, think of ideas that would make you a better employee, co-worker and subordinate to your superiors. Here are five New Year’s resolution ideas for your workplace and some tips on how to keep your resolutions. 

 

1. Keep Your Workspace Clean and Organized 

Whether you work at home or in the office, promise yourself to keep your workspace clutter-free. It’s a refreshing, clean way to start the New Year. A clean, organized workspace helps you to stay focused on your daily tasks. Put only essential things on your table such as pen and notebook or post-it notes, and coffee mug. For the hard copies of your documents, notes and other paperwork that are still on your desk, put them in an accessible file cabinet and organize them into identifiable folders if ever you’ll still need them for reference purposes. 

 

2. Become a Positive Worker 

Make an effort to be an inspirational and motivational employee for yourself and your colleagues. If you’re staying put in your current job because you believe it provides you with personal and professional fulfillment, then be grateful that you have a job you like. Get to know your co-workers by chatting with them during lunchtime and talking about things you have in common. If you have time, try to help a team member who needs help with their work tasks. 

Practicing positivity and empathy in the workplace can promote better cooperation and cohesiveness among you and your team members.  

 

3. Commit to Stay Healthier at Work 

If you feel like your work is stressful and always making you feel tired, make it a goal to have a healthy work-life balance whether working from home or at the office. Some of the good suggestions for your goal of a healthier work environment: 

  • Sleep at least 8 hours a day so you’ll feel more invigorated and refreshed when you go to work the next day. 
  • Decrease the stress in your work. Practice yoga or other relaxing exercises, do hobbies that you enjoy and engage in other stress-relieving activities. Also, try not to get confrontational with your co-workers and don’t keep any grudges with them.  
  • Use an ergonomically design chair and desk that makes it easy for you to sit with a good back posture especially if you sit for hours on end. 
  • Take several short breaks to do some stretching exercises with your arms and legs. 
  • Make an effort to eat healthy lunch meals that have more servings of fruits, vegetables and fruit juices.  

 

4. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone 

A strategy of stepping out of your comfort zone should be part of your career advancement goal for the next year. Instead of being content in always playing the safe side, start taking small risks in your workplace such as striving to be a leader rather than just being a follower. 

 

For example, if your team manager is looking for volunteers to lead a project, take this opportunity if you believe you’re qualified to handle it. During your regular team meetings, take the initiative to suggest improvements in the work processes of projects. If there is an in-house job promotion that you believe you’re qualified for, try to apply for it. Constantly challenging yourself will help build your self-confidence and self-esteem which can contribute in developing your leadership skills.   

 

5. Improve Your Knowledge and Skills 

Setting self-improvement as a continuing learning process is a good goal that you should regularly practice in your professional life. Use your spare time to take online courses that can enhance or add to your current skills. Acquiring enhanced knowledge can boost your professional qualifications which increases your chances of getting noticed by your superior for future promotions. Updating your online resume with your enhanced knowledge and skills could even get you noticed by external recruiters which can lead to the career advancement that you’ve been dreaming about. 

 

Three Effective Tips on How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions 

It’s easy to come up with a list of resolutions for the coming year, but actually accomplishing them may be difficult. Here are three good tips on how you can keep your promises for the New Year: 

 

  • Plan ahead and make a detailed plan – Don’t wait until Dec. 31 to make a list of your New Year’s resolutions. Create a specific set of goals you want to accomplish and put them in a detailed written plan, which helps to keep track of your progress. For each goal in the list, include the steps you will take to accomplish that objective and the strategies you will do to keep yourself on track. By January 1, put your detailed list on your table as a constant reminder of the goals you want to fulfill. 

 

An alternative to putting a list on your table is posting virtual sticky notes on your desktop. You put the whole list on one sticky note or each goal will have its own sticky note. Free apps such as Windows Sticky Notes, Stickies and 7 Sticky Notes provide a clean, minimalist design for the detailed list of your resolutions. 

 

  • Choose specific objectives – Instead of coming up with ambiguous goals like “being more productive” or “no more procrastinating”, focus on specific targets. An example is “submitting all my projects on time so I’ll be more productive” or “putting away my cellphone and other distractions while I’m working so they won’t tempt me to procrastinate in doing my daily tasks”.  Setting realistic, achievable goals allows you to exactly plan on how you will stick to your resolutions for the entire year. 

 

  • Keep track of your progress – Aside from your detailed plan, create a separate journal about the status of your goals. Write down the reasons why you are working towards your resolutions. As you go along in fulfilling your promises, identify the methods that worked in achieving a goal and the strategies that didn’t work. Use the journal as a reference to identify the specific reason that is causing you to falter on a goal and how you can overcome the stumbling block. 

 

We at LegalMatch Philippines have noticed the positive benefits to our employees who have practiced effective New Year’s resolutions in their work habits. If they positively worked for them, there’s no reason they won’t benefit you too. We encourage you to give these resolutions a try and see for yourself the positive changes in your career. We wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year ahead of you! 

 

A Leaner Workplace: 4 Practices That Make Work Processes Lean

A Leaner Workplace: 4 Practices That Make Work Processes Lean

Here at LegalMatch Philippines (LMPH), our employees diligently use lean production practices in their tasks as part of our conscious effort to prevent or reduce inefficiency and waste in the workplace.  Many of our employees are regularly using these practices which have resulted in better productivity and efficiency for them. Here are some of our successful lean methodology practices and tips on how you can apply them in your workplace. 

 

1. Use a Checklist for Your Priorities 

A good lean thinking practice is listing down the priorities you need to do and finish within the week. From the list, identify top three priorities that you need to accomplish each day. If a task is too big, break it down into smaller sub-tasks which are more manageable. 

 

A specific lean methodology practice for task listing is using a checklist consisting of a series of steps that you need to do to accomplish your tasks. Use it to keep things organized by scheduling the daily and weekly tasks you need to complete and easily check off the items that are done. Using the checklist helps you to swiftly identify the items that are facing delays and to pinpoint any steps you might have missed that are causing the roadblocks.   

 

2. Take Advantage of Lean System Management Tools 

An important part of a good lean thinking practice is using efficient project management tools. You should choose the right project management tools that are relevant for the specific lean production system practices you are using for your work processes. 

 

One of the effective lean process management tools we use at LMPH is web-based Kanban boards – a visual representation of work items on a board shared with the team. If you’re a team leader or project manager, you can use a visual board to help you see the progress of your team’s tasks and streamline the process for them.  

 

With the shared Kanban board, you can make a smooth transition of a work status such as a task going from “To do, in progress, for review and done”. Using the visual board helps you to easily identify who are facing any issues with their work. You can use the tool to pick out the people without any issues and have a light workload so you can re-assign them to the projects that need more assistance. This effectively prevents other members from being overburdened with tasks they can’t complete.  

 

3. Encourage Efficient Team Collaboration 

lean concept of teamwork that emphasizes efficient collaboration allows the group to closely work together to accomplish a project. If you lead a team, you can: 

  • Equitably delegate tasks to all members with clear instructions on what to do.  
  • Keep an open communication line with each member.  
  • Encourage each member to utilize their skills to their full potential.  
  • Get inputs from each member on problem solving and encourage them to jointly come up with the best solution.  

 

4. Measure and Track Work Processes 

Documenting the work processes that you use in your lean system management practices helps you to pinpoint the procedure that works, needs improvement and what doesn’t work at all. An example is a comprehensive spreadsheet that measures and tracks the workflows of a project.   

 

Documentation helps you identify the work process that doesn’t directly create any value to the project. When you efficiently measure your work processes, you can identify and understand the workflow that needs improvement so you can come up with the solution for that workflow.  

  

Benefits of Using Lean System Management Practices 

Using a checklist organizes the procedures you need to accomplish your tasks and helps to pinpoint items in the list that are facing delays. Kanban, JIRA and other collaboration or management tools help you optimize lean process practices by reducing the time allocated for repetitive tasks. Efficient team collaboration provides your group with better focus and cooperation. Clear documentation of process improvements helps you to effectively evaluate the results of the improvements you implemented. 

 

These lean process improvement practices have produced beneficial outcomes in LMPH and also worked for other companies. There’s no limit to how many practices you can try to be more efficient in the workplace. But focusing on those four that we have mentioned will surely make small incremental improvements that can build momentum over time.