It’s that time of the year again when New Year resolutions are made to get a sense of direction, plan the year ahead, and define individual aims/goals. While in the past, resolutions just meant resolving to enhance personal lives, post pandemic, people are increasingly focusing on ensuring healthier and meaningful work lives as well, and thus making workplace resolutions with absolute clarity on what they want ahead and what they would want to leave behind. Here’s a peek into what workplace resolutions for 2023 look like:
Holistic wellness: Ultimate goal
With pandemic came the need to place holistic wellbeing on the top of the agenda. People now strive to stay happy and healthy. No one wants to take their mental and physical health for a ride. And that’s why the workforce of today pledge to work for an organisation that gives relevance to holistic wellness of its workforce. No promises on paper, no eyewashes. Give and ensure happiness to have happy results. Period! And that’s what the workforce of today resolves to do. The whole gamut of benefits being offered to the employees are now considered a necessity and not add-ons. Perks like virtual health and fitness sessions, food and shopping vouchers, flexibility of time and space, and benefits like sabbatical leaves, internal secondments, additional days off to rejuvenate and relax – are all considered a must and not additional perks. Gone are the days when these were given to the employees in the name of employee experience or wellness or perks. Today, it is mandatory for all organisations to ensure a healthy and happy workforce. Having realised the importance of mental and physical wellbeing, employees now resolve to ensure a healthy mind and body. No compromise on this at all!
Work-life balance: Top priority
Work-life balance has become more crucial than ever now. What seemed to be an impossible task once, is now achievable. The two years of pandemic have stressed on the fact that maintaining a healthy work-life balance is not just doable but is almost mandatory for everyone. The workforce of today resolves to priortise this over any other thing. No compromises here. After all, as they say, if you are happy at home, you are happy anywhere! From taking frequent breaks to ensuring ‘me or we’ time with family or friends, the workforces today realises what to prioritise when and how. When you focus on the right thing at the right time, what follows is good for your overall growth. So don’t restrict yourself; rather be open to make yourself a priority. Know what your mind, body and soul want, and when. Only if you make yourself happy will you be able to focus on making the world around you happier.
Evolve, engage and experience
In these highly competitive times of today, it is important to constantly work towards self-growth. While earlier, self-growth mostly meant personal growth, in today’s volatile world, it also entails professional growth. Having realised the importance of this, the workforce is constantly focusing on ways to improve and innovate ways that take them to newer professional heights. After all, the key to staying relevant in the professional world is ‘reinventing’, which is why people are going all out to engage, evolve and experience newer avenues of growth. Reinventing does not only mean exploring newer work opportunities, it also means constantly exploring opportunities that help in mental and professional growth within an existing environment. With workplaces getting more demanding and evolving at an unimaginable pace; people want to keep challenging themselves to keep pace with the growth story, and for this they are exploring ways to evolve and engage in newer experiences. And those who are not doing this, must make this as their workplace resolution for 2023.
Believe in the power of unity
While it is exciting and challenging to explore and experiment to stay relevant amidst multiple challenges, nobody can do it all solo. Working in isolation is not how growth happens. The real growth happens when people focus on filling in for each other – realising others’ strengths and weaknesses while acknowledging their own pluses and minuses. It is all about filling in for each other. Those who realise the importance of unity and teamwork can go far in achieving their goals. Respect teamwork, respect the power of ‘us or we’, and see the wonders it can do in your professional journey.
Speak, listen and understand
Yes, the new world of work expects the workforce to communicate, talk and listen. But more than that, it is important for your own good. Make it a two-way process where you speak and listen as well. One-way communication has never done any good to anyone. This New Year’s, resolve that you would take a step ahead in not just being honest in your opinions, but also prepared to put yourself in another person’s shoes. By doing so, it will enhance your abilities to improvise and ensure that you are ready to learn. The moment you stop listening and understanding others’ point of you, you stop growing as an individual. This New Year’s, resolve to hear and be heard at the same time. Do not work in isolation or close yourself towards others. Learn to learn. This can be your biggest workplace resolution.
To sum it up, it is important for each one of us to learn from the past, and have a better understanding of what’s important and what’s not; what needs our attention, and what needs to be let go off! This New Year, resolve to stay in sync with yourself first, to improvise yourself first before heading on to change the future world! Let the change happen at your end first for change is the only constant. There is no better way to improvise than to improvise yourself first.