12 employee experience New Year’s resolutions managers can actually follow through on

The life of a mayfly lasts about 24 hours. Or, slightly longer than the shelf life of the average New Year’s resolution. 

Sadly, most resolutions are perfect expressions of the usual triumph of hope over experience. If controlling our weight were easy, we wouldn’t have gained it in the first place. If it really were possible to spend less time on social media, we’d already have accomplished anything we’d put on our resolutions list.  

But not every resolution has to contemplate epic personal change. Your work life is much easier to navigate.  

With that in mind, here are 12 actually keep-able New Year’s resolutions that any manager can use to improve their team’s employee experience in 2019. They’re easy, because instead of expecting you to move (and keep moving) mountains, they only ask that you take a slightly different perspective on yourself and your team. 

And from these little acorns purposeful and fulfilling employee experiences can grow. 

  1. In January, focus on one thing each of your team members does well, rather than that one thing needing improvement that has always bugged you.  
  2. Ask yourself: If I worked for me, what would I like and not like about my management style? 
  3. Imagine that you have a magic wand. What work obstacle would you remove from each of your team members’ paths? 
  4. For each employee, think of one job in the company you could see them moving into one day. Then do something that would help move them along toward it. 
  5. Devise one way you could personalize your team’s work experience, even if only for a short time. 
  6. Be brave: Do a reverse feedback session. Give each team member 30 minutes to discuss and evaluate your performance as manager. 
  7. Ask each team member if they had an entirely free day, what task from their “someday when I have time” list would they choose to do? Then schedule a day for them to do it. 
  8. Ask each team member to define the hardest thing about their job. Spend 15 minutes considering how you would go about doing it. 
  9. Ask your team to boil down your mission statement to five words. (Be prepared to tell them what the mission statement is.) Then see how close they can get to agreeing on the five words. 
  10. Determine the level of “managing by walking around” you’re most comfortable with, and then go a little past it. 
  11. The next chance you get to make a human connection in the office, whether or not it has anything to do with work, take it. 
  12. Think of something regarding your employees you’ve always known you should do—but have always discovered ways to avoid doing—and then just go ahead and do the damn thing. 

And a bonus resolution 

Resolve that next year you won’t need to make any more resolutions. 

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