3, 2, 1…Happy New (Financial) Year! Yes, it’s that time of year again! The new financial year is a great time to check in with your personal and business goals, to assess if you’re on track, or if perhaps you need to ramp-up or re-evaluate the way you’re doing things. When it comes to your workplace, we’ve got a few ideas for your mid-year, workplace resolutions.

1. I will provide feedback to my team in a timely manner.
Providing both positive and negative feedback to your employees in a timely manner, i.e. not waiting for an annual review, helps others know what’s expected of them. It creates consistency and clarity, which makes for a more productive team.

2. I will invest in training.
As the old saying goes: “What if I invest in my people and they leave?” “But sir, what if you don’t, and they stay?” We understand for many small businesses, budgets are tight. Effective training provides a decent return on investment (ROI). Employees become more knowledgeable, providing a more effective service to your customers, whilst also improving engagement with your team. It’s truly a win-win.

3. I will review my health and safety processes.
We find that many businesses become ‘store-blind’. Because they see the same things, day-in and day-out, potential hazards get missed because it’s simply always been that way. Take the time to properly review your physical working space, as well as the work practices of your team. To make it engaging, you could hold a competition for your employees to identify improvements in workflows, keep a clean workspace or identify safety concerns, with a winner chosen at the end of the month, rewarded for their contribution.

4. I will celebrate the wins.
Whether big or small, we think recognising the successes along the way makes for a much more enjoyable workplace. There are a million different ways to celebrate, whether it’s with a shared meal, Friday afternoon drinks, thoughtful gifts or simple recognition. The main objective is for the celebration to remind people of the joy of the journey, and provide energy for the more challenging days.

5. I will work smarter, not harder.
Using systems and outsourcing non-core processes can help you to manage your time more effectively. This could include improving timesheet collection processes through online systems, outsourcing recruiting responsibilities, or perhaps reviewing your entire workforce management requirements.

At Workplace Central, we’re here to help with all your workforce management needs. Our team are only a call away!