New Year’s Resolutions: How to Apply Your Dedication from the Gym to the Workplace

by Alexandrea Roman on January 14, 2014 and last updated on September 4, 2018

We all tend to get overly ambitious on New Years. We’re going to lose weight, budget more efficiently and finally find Mr./Mrs. Right (first name: Yeah). Although most people make New Year’s resolutions of some sort, it’s rare to find one related to professional goals on the top 10 list. So if you’re going to start jogging before work every morning, make sure not to leave your ambition at the door.

Better boardroom meetings

If your boardroom meetings are reminiscent of Steve Carrell lecturing a group of bored employees on “The Office,” they’re probably not as productive as they seem. Resolve to have better boardroom meetings by transitioning to a board portal like Convene. This allows busy board members to stay updated without sacrificing convenience, while also making it easier to contact and collaborate with one another over long distances. It also improves corporate governance on top of all the other benefits.

New tools to invest in

Most companies are looking for ways to cut costs at the start of the new year, but an exception should be made for investing in advanced technological tools. Cloud computing is one tool that companies of all sizes should implement. Cloud computing enables employees to access the files they need from any digital device, while sharing with other employees in real time. POS from NetSuite is especially useful for eCommerce and online marketing purposes.

PowerPoint and paper presentations can be ditched for good with 4K resolution, which allows for clearer and more engaging displays. Panasonic and Apple both make tablets with 4K resolution, so board meeting attendees can follow along with their own devices when they us Convene.

Delegating responsibilities

Stress is prevalent in the workplace, affecting both employee job satisfaction and productivity. One of the best ways to reduce this stress is to delegate responsibilities more effectively. If you notice that one responsibility has been particularly stressful, consider passing it along to a colleague or subordinate with less to do. Or request a better alternative. Remember that asking for help is a positive step for both yourself and the company as a whole.

More active employees

Offering more responsibilities to employees encourages them to become more actively engaged in company affairs. This increased sense of importance also encourages higher productivity and quality. For example, you can ask the company’s marketing team to demonstrate the progress the department has made, and the plans they have for the future. Encourage collaboration across departments. This will allow employees to work on projects with a larger team, while also simply promoting harmony in the workplace.

Employee independence

A library of research supports the fact that employees are more productive when they have more flexible schedules. In an age when more than a third of Americans own a tablet and more than half have a smartphone, flexible employee scheduling is more accessible than ever. The trend of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is becoming more and more popular in companies across the country. This trend not only saves companies money, but increases flexibility for workers.

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About Alexandrea Roman

Alexandrea is a social media specialist and blogger for Convene.

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