New Years Resolutions – Are You Supporting Your People?

New Years

New Years resolutions, where we all make little promises to ourselves about how we are going to do something different. 2016 is well underway and with it brings a new vibration, new goals & New Year resolutions. Lose weight, eat well, exercise etc. We all know how it goes. As leaders you would have spoken to your staff prior to the Christmas and New Year break if you we fortunate enough to have gotten one about their plans, their goals and much more. Now that we have returned to the office for the New Year, have you caught up with your staff about how they are going?

Regular performance and coaching sessions give an idea of where staff are sitting regarding their performance within the workplace, their goals, drive and ambitions but what about getting involved in your staff goals outside of the office and assisting them?

For example, if your team has all told you that they are eating healthy as a New Year resolution, are you helping them out by choosing different foods for those morning tea’s we all love so much? How about a little friendly competition? What is the wellbeing culture of your workplace like?

I spoke to a lot of people whilst I was on my two week break over Christmas and New Years and a lot of people feel that their work environment is lacking something, something with perhaps a more engaging and personal touch. 2015 is set to be a big year for a lot of people in many aspects of life. Work, personal, financial and much more, people are hungry for success & are wanting a balance to all aspects of life. We spend a lot of our time working over the course of a lifetime, does this time have to be Monday to Friday 9-5? What aspects of your business can you start to allow people to do outside of regular hours in order to allow them more flexibility in their approach to work and their lives outside of work?

People don’t leave organizations, they leave managers, never forget that. We want the best for our people but in order to get that we must be getting the best for ourselves, for if we do not look after ourselves first, then we cannot be there to support others. Like when we fly, in the case of an emergency, put the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting others. Whilst you are the leaders of your workplace, each of your staff plays a leadership role in other aspects of their lives so they also need to be at the top of their game in need each area of their lives to be supporting the next.

If anything, conversations around goals and goal setting are a great way to getting motivation to an all time high. Once people have taken a break, they are refreshed, relaxed and of clear and sound minds, the perfect time to start planting some seeds for success. If you’re worried about letting people take work offsite or working unsupervised, don’t; just try it and see what happens. It’s not going to be a one size fits all approach but some will excel and could do some amazing things for your business!

Tis a year of immense freedom for a lot of people and one of personal responsibility, maybe it’s time to let go of some of the reins and let others steer for a while, it can’t hurt right?

Until next time, stay motivated!

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