According to a 2016 report from Statistic Brain, only 8% of Americans are successful in keeping their New Year’s Resolutions.
The most common explanation for this (which we can all relate to) is simply that life gets in the way.
We have so much to do on a regular basis that adding something to the mix is nice in theory, but difficult in practice.
It’s disappointing to fail at something we intend to achieve, so here are some simple tips for managers to help their employees keep their resolutions and kick off the new year with a bang 💥
Take The Time To Ask
Show your employees that you care by asking them if they have a New Year’s resolution and let them know that you’d like to help them keep it.
They will be grateful for this kind gesture of letting them know that their personal success is as important as their work success, and that work-life balance is a company priority.
When employees feel seen, respected and appreciated, they are more likely to want to reciprocate by putting their best effort into their work.
Make It An Interactive Group Activity
Make the experience of setting goals a fun and collective one.
Schedule a meeting with your team to have a casual discussion about how everyone would like to improve in the new year, on a professional and personal level (if they want to share).
The Officevibe marketing team had one of these meetings before the holidays. It lasted for three hours and it was an amazing way to collaborate and share ideas on how we can improve individually and as a team.
While there was some structure to the meeting, it was more of a discussion than anything. We all had a chance to speak, react, and offer advice in a friendly and safe space.
Here’s How Officevibe Discusses Goals
You can use this same method to set personal and professional goals for the New Year.
Each member of the team is given a stack of different colour post-its on which they write their notes and ideas. Then, on a white board, we create three columns:
- Keep Doing-What we are proud of and what’s working well.
- Stop Doing-What can use improvement.
- Start Doing-New initiatives to bring to the team.
We all take turns filling up each column with our respective post-it notes and saying a word or two on what we wrote down. Afterward, the team discusses the points and shares insights.
Stating your goal out loud in a group setting helps you become more accountable for it, and it allows everyone to see who might have a similar goal and who they can connect with in their workplace for support and motivation.
According to Statistic Brain:
People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions
Help Them Set Attainable Goals
One of the biggest problems with New Year’s resolutions, or any goals for that matter, is that they are too broad.
Resolutions like “eat healthier” is so common, but the problem is that it’s not really measurable and therefore isn’t really attainable.
Much like with professional goals, encourage your employees to set realistic objectives using OKRs.
For example, a goal such as “take the stairs at least 3 days a week for the next two weeks” is more specific and measurable than simply “get more exercise”.
Using the OKR system turns the mere intention of setting a resolution into a more tangible contract.
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