It’s not just a new year, it’s a new decade. More than ever, employees’ thoughts are turning to personal and professional resolutions for the future, near and far. It’s an almost universal ritual, and one that explains the surge in calls to recruitment agencies across the GTA.
That’s why for more than 30 years, the staffing solution experts at The Bagg Group have been advising clients to collaborate on resolutions in early January with their staff. It’s an opportunity to strengthen relations and employee retention.
A resolution is a vow to yourself to do something differently that will improve quality of life. For the past four years, the management consultant company of Franklin Covey has been taking a survey of the new year’s resolutions of its clients across North America. Not surprisingly, the same resolutions make the top ten list every year.
These are, in order:
1. Get out of debt or save money
2. Lose weight
3. Develop a healthy habit
4. Get organized
5. Increase time with friends and family
6. Develop a new skill
7. Improve work-life balance
9. Break an unhealthy habit
10. Change employment.
Stephen Covey, best-selling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and founder of Franklin Covey Co, suggests that at this time of year, everyone should reflect on the question: “What are one or two things that I could change that would significantly increase my happiness?”
At The Bagg Group, we work with top employers in the GTA on adjusting that question for their teams. “What are one or two things that we could do to improve our team, department, or workplace experience?” is a terrific question for a round-table brainstorming that prompts positive action in the year ahead.
But beware…studies show that 75% of people abandon resolutions within three months of making them. Stay tuned to my blog for how to avoid falling into that trap.
Best wishes for a great kick-off to 2010!