The past 2 years have been hectic, for not only those of us in HR but the whole world, so this New Year feels needed. The expectations placed upon everyone within the business environment have been demanding, leaving us all ending another year completely drained. However, by starting the new year right, you can go beyond these ever-growing high expectations. Now is the perfect time to get prepared for whatever 2022 throws at us, by setting achievable goals.

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins

There are many areas you can focus on when setting business goals.

In this blog, we’ve filtered down to the most important topics, to make the process as straightforward as possible. New Year is the best time for you to set your goals for the coming year with a fresh view after having a well-earned break.

So, what business goals should you set for 2022?

Goals to Develop: Your remote/hybrid working structure.

We’ve covered the topic of remote and hybrid working in our previous blogs, but with the ever-changing working environment of the past few years, it seems almost impossible to have a set strategy.

However, over the course of the pandemic, one thing remains certain. Hybrid working has many benefits to both employees and businesses (which was also made apparent in our guest blog).

‘83% of workers say a hybrid model would be optimal.’ – Accenture

According to Accenture, a majority of the 9000 workers surveyed state they found a hybrid working model to be the best fit for them.

However, it is worth considering your own business may have different results.

Our HR Advice would be to conduct a direct meeting with your employees, to see what their own preferences are, and be willing to accommodate their needs where possible.

Putting people in their best working environment is best not only for productivity, but for mental health and well-being…

This leads us to our next goal.

Goals to Focus: On employee well-being.

We covered the feeling of burnout in our most recent blog, and how it can affect both you and your employees. The last two years have proven how important it is to take mental health seriously in the workplace. It is, therefore, crucial to take this forward in your business goals for 2022.

First, it is worth considering what elements are a part of ‘wellbeing’, with a great reference point being ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.’

From the lowest level up from each step of the pyramid, each need must be fulfilled to move on to the next.

With this in mind, do you know what step your employee currently sits on?

Taking a holistic approach to your employees and shows a more in-depth and honest view of their own wellbeing, and gives you a clearer view of how you can help.

To continue from that, having a solid strategy is a main factor in being able to assist in employee wellbeing, with the CIPD quoting that:

‘40% of UK businesses have a standalone employee wellbeing strategy.’

Here at Triple Three Solutions, we think this is a terribly low figure. After everything employees and business owners have undergone since COVID-19, the focus on mental health and overall wellbeing should be treated as an urgent priority. We want to increase this figure by helping you to set up a well-being strategy in your workplace. If you’ve already done so, it’s definitely worth overviewing and optimising your strategy this New Year.

Goals to Become: More eco-friendly and sustainable.

After the COP26 event took place this year, the importance of sustainability and the effects of climate change became more visible than ever. We can all do our part to help, and businesses play a huge part in that. An increasing number of any and all businesses are making their offices paperless, so why not join in?

Digital companies like DocuSign and BreatheHR are making the transition easier for companies to be paper-free, so now is the time to act.

The amount of paper waste in offices is extortionate, further shown by Xerox’s report showing some shocking figures.

Nearly half of all printed documents are thrown away within 24 hours, and 30% are never picked up from the printer at all.

There are also other benefits of being paper-free, such as:

  • Accessibility – easier for both you and the recipient, as having purely digital access makes sending over information, simpler and snappier.
  • More organised – organising a digital system for your ‘paperwork’ puts you one step ahead.
  • Financially efficient –  taking these out leaves more in your pocket and less in your wastebasket.
If you’re in a large organisation, it may be worth tackling this one department at a time.
Make sure not to overwhelm yourself this New Year!

333 Can Help:

Need help in planning for the future, or are feeling overwhelmed? If you’d like any help or HR Support, please get in touch. You can call 0333 050 3330, use our contact page, or email lisa@triplethreesolutions.co.uk.

We are also planning to hold an online masterclass early next year, based on the following question:

Do your employees know more than you when it comes to their employment?’

Over the years, we have found that employees know more about employment matters than their employers do. To help you, we’re offering a virtual class where you can learn about these issues with our HR Support.

Please get in touch if you would like to sign-up and learn more.