5 Resolutions for You and Your Coworkers in 2016

Ahhh, the beginning of a new year. Have you set yourself up to win this year? Acquired yourself a new gym membership, decluttered your workspace, prepared yourself to focus on all things fresh and new? 2016 is shaping up to be the best year of your life.

Why not take some of that energy towards change and improvement and give your team at work a boost? Who says groups of people can’t set collective resolutions? Here are 5 resolution ideas for you and your coworkers to consider as you dive into the new year. 

1. Get Healthier

This one is definitely cliche, but it’s still important. Do I really need to explain why? Exercise controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep, the list goes on. Eating well helps keep your body healthy, active, and strong. If you had personal goals to get fit, maybe a group mentality could help you reach your goals—a little healthy competition. If you don’t like competition, maybe the solidarity of common group goals can help. It doesn’t have to be hard, small steps can make a big difference.

  • Get rid of the snack bags in the office kitchen, get a fruit bowl instead.
  • Offer gym memberships or discounts as a benefit.
  • Designate an exercise space in the office for people to stretch or do quick reps in privacy.
  • Purchase some exercise equipment for the office to share—offer exercise balls in the place of chairs, or get a set of free weights.
  • Chart it. You measure other metrics, why not office health?


2. Focus on Communication

It takes two to tango, likewise with communication. If you want to communicate more clearly in  2016, you won’t reach your full potential in the workplace unless your comrades have the same goal. Why not make improving communication a group exercise? Remember…

  • “Communicating” and “speaking” aren’t synonyms. Half of communicating is listening, so be sure to practice active listening daily.
  • Remember W-A-I-T: asking yourself “why am I talking?” will help you get to your point, avoid long windedness, and people won’t tune you out as much (as can sometimes happen when taking too long to get to the point). If you ask yourself this question, you might find that you don’t really need to be talking at all…which might free up some time for one of your colleagues to give their two cents in a conversation. Don’t cheapen the valuable things you have to say by saying too much.
  • Don’t forget the water cooler talk. Talking about non-work related topics can do your team a lot of good. Check out this video to learn why. 
  • From her experience at Google and Apple University, Kim Scott has learned a lot about how to communicate well in a leadership position. Many of her lessons can be used in non-management positions, too. Check out her talk on ways that she combines empathy with criticism to make functioning work zones.

3. Have More Fun Together

Every group is different. Maybe you don’t all like the same activities, but if you make an effort to have fun in lots of different ways more people can have a good time. You could go bowling, or to an arcade, or dinner, or see a baseball game. Our office throws a beach day with everyone’s families. It could be as easy as going on a lunch break walk. The point is, just get out have have some fun—it could really grow your team spirit and camaraderie, setting up 2016 to be a fun and productive year. 


4. Do More Good Together

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” There are so many good reasons to serve others with your time and talents. Get together with your team and talk about what ways you can serve the people in your community, the planet, or anything else you can think of. Do a fundraiser 5k, support a community center, volunteer your services as a company to a nonprofit. Recycle, invest in sustainable energy at your office. The possibilities are endless! If you’re stumped thinking of ideas, here’s a resource on how small and medium sized businesses can have a big impact on the community. read post>

5. Be More Gracious with Each Other

Sometimes working on teams can be tough, just like with a family. It’s easy to get irritated by the little things—especially in an open officewhich can be fun but also tiresome. Try not jumping into anger, but rather commit yourselves to being more gracious one another. If you learn the nuances of your coworkers’ personalities, then hopefully you’ll be able to recognize how to get along with them better. Take it one step further and read this post to really figure out how you and your coworkers can best empathize with one another and get along.  


Now, go forth into 2016!

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