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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Top New Year's Resolutions For The Workplace

If you are like most people, you probably still haven't figured out a New Year's resolution. Last year's resolution of going to the gym four days a week lasted, well, a whopping four days, and losing 10 pounds the year before didn't work either. Those darn Krispy Kreme doughnuts that always magically show up a work.

Well, speaking of work, why not try to focus on creating a resolution for the office. Afterall, it is a place that you spend the majority of the week.

In order to help people start 2014 off right, here are some common New Year's resolutions that can be used for the workplace:

1. Pay attention: There are plenty of ways to be more productive at work. Studies suggest that listening to classical music provides short-term enhancement of mental tasks — including memorisation — known as “spatial-temporal reasoning.“ A standing desk will give you more energy by keeping your blood flowing and your mind alert.

2. Take better care of yourself! Take advantage of your workforce’s health and wellness benefits: provide discounted gym memberships or subsidised annual flu shot to avoid the plague and stay healthy. It’s worth waiting in line for.

3. Use it or lose it, people!: There is a cap on the maximum amount of vacation time that you can have in a year. Once the maximum amount of hours is reached you stop accruing more hours, essentially wasting hours that can be used to accrue more time. And studies prove, a break from work actually help you perform better in your job.

4. Mobile Freedom: Mobile devices have increased our capabilities outside of the office, allowing employees to receive and write emails, schedule meetings, make sales calls and even use your mobile phone as a hotspot to connect your other mobile devices to the Internet. Provide your workforce with a data plan with plenty of memory for larger downloads or offer a mobile data reimbursement plan.

5. Limit that inbox: By reducing the amount of emails you have in your inbox, you can reduce the amount of stress you have and make sure you are keeping up to date on request and action items vs. letting them fall by the wayside.

We hope that you have a happy and prosperous New Year! From all of us at Graylyn. 

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