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6 New Year’s Resolutions for Work That Actually Work

January 01, 2018

While most people focus New Year’s resolutions around personal growth & development, it’s also important to set career goals and professional development milestones. Read our picks for professional New Year’s resolutions that can help you move your career forward.

1. Learn Something New Every Day

In any career, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. In 2018, make a goal to step out of the box and learn something new every day. Set aside a few minutes on your calendar each day to read news on your industry or chat with a colleague about his or her current projects.

2. Set Career Goals with the Help of a Professional Network

Take time at the beginning of 2018 to figure out where you see your career going in the next twelve months. This is where networking can help. Reach out and meet with contacts whose career you’d like to emulate, and call on your mentors to help you move your career forward.

3. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Make an effort to say “yes” to more opportunities at work. These could include attending conferences, presenting a recent project to your department, or taking on an entirely new role. Even if this idea scares you, start with small steps and see how you grow!

4. Work on Soft Skills

The ability to be a dependable employee with strong communication skills matters, no matter how many years you’ve been in your career. Work habits, like proactivity and flexibility, go a long way in helping you increase your value as an employee.

5. Take Steps to Be More Eco-Friendly

Take small steps each day to move toward a paperless office. Set printers and copiers to produce double-sided and black & white documents by default, and share documents digitally rather than by hard copies. Managed print services can help track printing behavior so your office can identify and streamline any wasteful processes.

6. Improve Workflow

Take time each day to plan out a to-do list and schedule out tasks to maximize productivity. Managing personal workflow is crucial to being successful at work. To improve office workflow, integrate document creation and management for greater efficiency with facilities management. Archiving and retrieving documents can now take seconds rather than hours, leaving more time for your core tasks and projects.

From sales to IT and every position in between, POA employees constantly strive to improve their personal workflows and find ways to continue learning. If this is a workplace you’d like to be a part of, apply for open positions on our website today.

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