That time of year is here again: New Year’s resolutions. We’re all thinking about it: Gym memberships, weight loss, commitments to personal needs, the list can go on and on. But have you stopped to think about any professional goals you might have? Do you have resolutions around them? If the answer is no, I ask you “Why not”?
Naturally, we want the best for ourselves and those around us. We want to have a home that we enjoy, family and friends that love us, and a career we feel confident about. When we buy a home we make investments to create an environment that is reflective of how we want people to feel when they come to visit. We spend time with our family and friends building strong relationships. We go to work with the focus of placing our very best efforts forward.
Often times we set our personal goals separate from our professional goals. When we think about our professional goals, we often focus on role-specific development, new products or service roll outs, and how to reach more customers. The piece that is missing is a focus on making work and life fit together.
On a daily basis, we bridge the gap between our personal lives and our work lives. Our personal and professional priorities intersect naturally, so why not make your New Year’s resolutions ones that reflect this?
As you spend time thinking about what this year has in store for you, I would encourage you ask yourself these questions:
- Do our performance management practices and expectations include a component of well-being and personal development? If not, why not?
- How does my worksite make me feel? Does it support not only my professional growth, but also my professional health? If not, how can I impact that?
- If I am in a management position, am I talking to my employees about their work environment? Do I know what’s of importance to them? If not, how can I best do that to get feedback?
- Are we “walking the talk” of our mission statement and core values?
- If we are engaged in wellness programming, is it supported in our environment?
Here’s to a happy, healthy, and productive year!
Originally published December 26, 2013.