A new year is upon us! Why not make some resolutions that will help this be your best year at work?
Think like a boss when you make your resolutions – what will make you a happier, more productive employee? How can you be more involved in the community and your company at the same time?
Try the following things over the next year and see if your boss doesn’t throw some appreciation your way:
Work Resolution: Be Engaged
Endeavor to have and exhibit a positive attitude about your work and your company. Volunteer and participate in office events, committees, and activities. Develop working relationships and friendships with your coworkers. Stay involved with what is going on at work – read company newsletters or memos, ask others to take part in projects, and speak up in meetings with ideas and constructive feedback.
Work Resolution: Grow Your Network
Many of us think about growing our professional network to make connections that might lead to a new job opportunity. However, your network is an opportunity for business growth. New clients and referrals are built through connections made in a variety of ways – alumni groups, volunteering, social interactions, chambers of commerce, industry associations, even sporting events. Any chance to meet someone new is an opportunity to introduce them to your company and what you do.
Work Resolution: Brand Yourself
You are a brand, just like your company. The better your personal brand is, the better it reflects on the company. Any time you attend a conference, business dinner, trade show, association meeting, or social event, make sure you are representing both yourself and your company in the best ways possible. Share your expertise on LinkedIn, speak to a business group about your company’s products and services, and maintain your professional reputation when using social media.
Work Resolution: Be an Innovator
Being an innovator doesn’t need to be as extreme as creating a totally new product or disrupting an entire industry. Just look for simple ways to make things work better. For example, reducing redundancies in paperwork or developing a better way to catalog network files. Innovations like these can save time and money and increase productivity.
Whatever your resolutions this year, best of luck in keeping them and making long term improvements!