January and February provide companies and their employees with a fresh start. This time of year is often a crucial period for business, so it’s important to adopt good habits in the workplace in order to start as you mean to go on.
The day in the life of an employee is packed with short-term goals; however, the new year is a chance to map out what you want to achieve on a personal level in your career. What have you achieved in the last 12 months, and where do you want to be in the 12 months ahead? Company managers and directors can do the same regarding predicted revenue, marketing reach, productivity, staff retention and company expansion.
In 2017, research suggested that only 19% of British workers actually recycle in the workplace. In fact, most people are more likely to recycle at home than in the office. Companies should make sure that recycle bins are stationed all around the premises. Purchasing secondhand equipment is also an effective method of being kind to the environment whilst saving a little cash.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is hugely important for many companies but can often be overlooked in the day-to-day running of a business. It is essentially a management concept by which companies have a responsibility for their social and environmental impacts on society. Have a think about which initiatives can be introduced in order to improve the impact your business has on the world.
A happy office breeds productivity and success. There are numerous team building exercises that can be utilised in order to create a platform for employees to interact with each other more positively. Organising a team lunch or evening activity once a month is a great way for colleagues to spend time with each other in a relaxed environment. Also, move the seating around every 2-3 months to refresh the office dynamic and give people a chance to work closely with new people.
Cycling and walking to work
Studies tell us that only a very small percentage of people actually cycle to work, whereas around 36% of people still drive to work. Do you walk or cycle each day? If the answer is no, it’s worth considering doing so. If your job permits it, why not ditch your car for a bike this year? There are obvious financial, environmental and health benefits. Old habits die hard but 2018 provides you with a chance to start anew.