8 New Year Resolutions Every Employee Should Have For 2018!

by Chandler Barr Dec 27,2017

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

The New Year’s Eve is already around the corner and every year we all make a long list of resolutions to improve ourselves in every aspect of our lives.

In our previous article, we spoke about what resolutions you can have this new year as a manager. Here are a few more new year’s workplace resolutions that you can have as an employee!

Also read: 9 Actionable HR New Year Resolutions For 2019

Put That Smart-phone Away

Smartphones are considered an important aspect of modern life because they help you to stay connected to the world by allowing you to check news, emails, texts etc. Believe it or not, smartphones affect our workplace productivity in a bad way.

While we are just one click away from everything, this culture of always staying online distracts employees at workplace more than they can imagine.

This new year, make a resolution to put your smartphone away and focus more on your work. Keeping your mobile phone away will keep you from getting distracted by notifications and allows you to put your maximum focus into your work.

Step Out Of Your Professional Comfort Zone

One of the most initial steps to success is stepping out of comfort zone. We all reach that point in our careers where we want to hold on to the safe zone; it is important to know when to stop that and start taking smaller risks.

Constantly challenging yourself helps you build confidence and helps you communicate your point across easily. So this year, make a resolution to step out of your comfort zone and start focusing more on what you can do to improve yourself and your career.

Eat Healthier At Work

While it is important to make resolutions for your professional development, it is also important to focus on your wellness at work. It is important to develop healthy eating habits at work because on an average, we all spend more than 65% of our day at workplace. The eating patterns that we develop during this larger portion of the day, affect the way we function for the rest of the day.

This might have a direct effect on your workplace productivity. So, this new year, make a resolution to eat healthier at workplace and join your workplace wellness program.

Set Team Goals

Setting goals is one of the most important things for success. They keep you on the course during rough times. When you set team goals, you tend to understand more about your team.

Setting team goals is an opportunity for you to engage with your team and bring out those new ideas. When you set a team goal, you are setting goal for your team members to achieve a larger goal collectively. This promotes team work and employee engagement.

Set new team goals and plan on how to complete them this new year!

Establish Boundaries

Workplace balance is one of the most underrated issues that employees face day to day. Though you actually enjoy your work, sometimes, it is hard to maintain that balance between work and personal life.

This new year make a resolution to establish boundaries between work time and your personal time. Define what your priorities are and how many hours a week you can give it. It can be really hard to find balance in the beginning, but with practice you can eventually learn to draw the line between worktime and personal time.


While employees crave appreciation and approval from their managers, they tend to forget one more important thing. More than anyone else’s approval, as humans, we all crave our own approval too. You cannot appreciate someone else’s good work when you can’t acknowledge your good work!

So make a resolution this year to give yourself a pat on the back when you have accomplished something. This boosts your confidence and makes you feel accomplished giving you more positivity to do more at work. So, don’t forget to add that extra star to your self-appreciation form!

Learn Something New

We all have a list of things that we want to learn to improve ourselves but sometimes we aren’t just motivated enough to give it a start. This year, make a resolution to learn something new, it can be a skill related to your job or anything that can help you stay focused and motivated at work.

There are many free e-books online that you can utilize to learn this new skill. You can always invest in a good book!

Find A Passion Beyond Work

Everyone needs a passion that is not related to work, career, success, goals, plans, etc. You can volunteer for a cause, learn a musical instrument or take some time out for your hobbies from college.

Sometimes, it is important to find a passion beyond your job and career. This is a small little favor that you will be doing for yourself this new year. This will help your brain relax after those long stressful work hours.

Also read: 8 New Year Resolutions For A Productive 2017!

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Chandler Barr
VP of Sales

Chandler Barr is the VP of Sales at Engagedly and is focused on driving a culture of progress over perfection in a no-fault environment where employees are secure and encouraged to think creatively to solve problems. Chandler is a seasoned leader that has scaled sales teams for SaaS startups and multibillion-dollar publicly traded tech companies, as well as, led Marines to accomplish the mission during hardships overseas.

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