2018 is here already! For many of us, it has come around far too quickly. As always, people are making New Year’s resolutions left, right and centre.  From health conscious lifestyle changes to ticking off more of your ‘bucket list’; the New Year is a great time to focus on personal growth. However, have you considered the importance of professional resolutions? The main reason for making any resolutions at this time of year is to make this year better than the last. It therefore makes perfect sense to apply this to your business or organisation, does it not?

HR is ever changing, expanding and becoming more and more crucial to all organisations; therefore, we all have to be sure to keep up to date. It doesn’t have to be all ‘New Year New You’, but whilst we’re in the mood for change; our HR Advisors have some great tips for some simple changes you can make to help make 2018 a great year for your business.

New Year’s Resolutions:

Read current HR blogs:

Start off simple by reading at least one blog every week. Keeping up to date with recent issues in HR means you’re one step ahead of the game; where better to source this information than directly from HR Consultants and Advisors?

By reading one blog a week, you keep HR issues fresh in your mind without distracting from your other professional responsibilities. You can keep your organisation running smoothly whilst continuously educating yourself on things that matter…and look at that, you’re already sticking to this resolution!

Stay one step ahead of new legislation:

Keeping up with the previous resolution will definitely help with this next one…

With the world of work changing constantly, it can sometimes be difficult for SME owners to stay on top of everything. By making targets to keep everything up-to-date as soon as possible, you set yourself up for a much smoother and productive business year. Stay alert for things such as DGPR, (which we will cover in more detail in an upcoming blog) and the new pension scheme requirements that are coming into place in early 2018.

Considering ditching the annual review:

With a brand new business year ahead of us, there’s no better time than now to make some changes. Here at Triple Three Solutions we specialise in promoting happy, healthy work environments where employees feel valued. As times change, certain HR policies need to adapt. One in particular, we feel, is the annual review.

Although the review only happens once a year, it can have a negative impact of staff morale, motivation and productivity. With something as big as a review hanging over their heads, employees can really feel the pressure.

‘It generates a mindset in employees that dictates the way they work, focused on external rather than internal motivators. It’s a mindset founded on the premise of fear, and where fear exists, innovation and growth become stunted.’ – officevibe.com

Consider the alternative; frequent, valuable feedback.

We all know that people work best when their work is appreciated and when they are passionate about their work. By ensuring that your workforce feel valued, you naturally develop a more productive team. Make sure that each and every one of your employees gets the communication and feedback that they deserve and need, on a reoccurring basis throughout the year, rather than being ‘assessed’ annually.

By reviewing on a frequent basis, you also gain a more realistic insight into the work rather than having to look at the year as a whole. This increases the likelihood of development in any line of work whilst bringing forth any areas for improvement.

Prioritise employee wellness:

Along with your business resolutions, you may have made your own personal resolutions, as will many of your employees. Why not incorporate the two? Our HR Consultants believe that by supporting your employees, you can encourage employee wellness, happiness and in turn result in positive employee engagement.

Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions involve keeping fit and healthy eating. As 30% of our lives are spent in the workplace, these resolutions can sometimes fall flat. However, there are ways in which you can help your staff to keep up with these goals in everyday life. A great ‘work-perk’ often offered by businesses is that of a discounted or even free gym membership.

You could even consider offering free, healthy snacks, such as an office fruit bowl. This is a cheap, easy way to ensure your employees stay energised and healthy, whilst demonstrating a great care for employee wellbeing.

Final Thoughts:

That’s just a few examples of how you can incorporate New Year’s resolutions into your business plan for 2018. There are of course many different ways in which you can improve HR issues within your organisation, and Triple Three Solutions are always here to help.

If you’d like to learn more about the business goals and targets you can make for 2018, get in touch today on 0333 050 3330 or via email at lisa@triplethreesolutions.co.uk.