New year, better business! That is, assuming you subscribe to the idea of business resolutions. While the concept of creating a new year’s resolution has become rather gimmicky, the science behind it is surprising. People who make new year’s resolutions are 10% more likely to achieve their goals than those that don’t. So while skepticism may feel natural, you might consider putting together some business resolutions for 2019.
Some of the best resolutions you can make for your organization pertain to soft skills made practical. Often the biggest stressors at work are frustrating teammates and poor communication. We’ve compiled a list of our best tools for improving your communication, relationships, and emotional intelligence this year.
Be more intentional about how and what you communicate. Often we put the onus of good communication on those we’re communicating with, rather than taking responsibility ourselves. However, the best way to get others to change is by demonstrating the type of behavior and communication we expect ourselves. If you’re frustrated by conversations that turn into arguments, consider our tips for keeping discussions civil and helpful to both sides. If you are more frustrated by unclear, missing information, learn the art of asking laddering questions. This can be particularly helpful when working with a superior.
Make your meetings more efficient and productive. It likely comes as no surprise that studies have shown up to 50% of meetings are unnecessary. Meetings are frequently made with minimal preparation and superfluous unrelated content. So why not make sure you only have meetings that are actually needed, and make sure those meetings are run as efficiently as possible? Making a goal to have productive meetings saves you and your team members time and energy, and minimizes the risk of miscommunication. We’ve put together a list of the seven ways to have your best meetings ever.
Demonstrate your appreciation for your team. As the old adage goes, people don’t quit their job, they quit their boss. Having good relationships with your team members starts with demonstrating your appreciation for them. Beyond the benefit of making your staff and coworkers happy, team members who feel valued are more productive at work. Telling someone you appreciate them isn’t necessarily natural or easy and a blanket “thanks” isn’t the most effective route. We’ve put together a chart for how to tailor your gratitude toward your specific audience, making them feel as valuable as possible.
Increase your Emotional Intelligence: Emotional Intelligence may sound a bit soft, but can be incredibly beneficial to your organization. From eliminating office drama to improving communication, EQ is more than just getting in tune with your emotions. Take time to actively change the way you behave in your relationships, and your organization may be closer to making big change happen than ever. And if you’re not sure where to start, we recommend investing in a personality assessment and training for yourself and your team.
Committing to any of these goals is a great way to push your organization towards positive change. What are your 2019 business resolutions?