10 Jan 2017
New Year, New You. In addition to your personal goals, here are 5 New Year's Manager's Resolutions presented for your consideration.
Every year you say next year will be different. You won't bring your laptop to the beach. You won't sit at a restaurant with your family while on an important call. Inevitably, it happens. Obviously you will never be 100 percent able to unplug. You are a pivotal player. That said, work-life balance is key to your well-being. In stepping away you will avoid burnout and can tackle work problems more effectively. Commit to make 2017 the year you reclaim and prioritize your personal life.
Re-evaluate Process and Policy
If your manuals are gathering dust on a shelf or lost in a folder on your hard-drive, 2017 is a great time to update them. Oh yeah, we know. No one has time for that. But what worked even just a year or so ago may no longer be effective. New technology, client requirements, logistics, or other concerns may mean you are wasting time, money, or jeopardizing safety. Dust them off and break out the red pen. You won't regret the time spent.
Re-evaluate Your Company Culture
It is a different world than just a half-decade ago. With the economy ticking upwards, top candidates are looking at more than compensation packages when choosing to apply. Culture has always counted, but now more than ever attracting the right talent means appealing to a tech-savvy, culture-oriented crowd. Take a moment to reflect on what message your company is sending to the people who work for you and for the clients who walk through your door. You can make simple and non-expensive adjustments to improve company culture. This will lead to better morale, retention, and employee satisfaction and might make a competitive difference in your potential talent pool.
Know Your People
Connecting with those who work for you while remaining objective can be a difficult balance to find. Time constraints often make it difficult to truly get a handle on who your people are, but taking the time to get to know them personally and allowing them get to know you, can make a huge difference in how they see you and perform for the company.
Develop Your People
Once you know your people, next comes developing them. This is another ongoing struggle that management just doesn't ever have time to do. Make 2017 the year you change that! Remember, if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted. Once you know who your players are, find ways to play to their strengths. Incentivize training and ongoing education. Your workforce is only as strong as its weakest member, so the key to strengthening your workforce is to develop your players.
Whether you've been in management for 6 weeks or 60 years, a new year always represents an opportunity to reflect where you are and where you plan to go. Where will it take you?