Boosting Department Cheer in Time For the New Year
HO-HO-HOW IS IT THE END OF THE YEAR ALREADY?!
Somehow, another year has flashed by … An entire year! Maybe I say this after every year, but where did the time go?! After 365 days, you’d think I would feel a little more accomplished — but all I can think about is what more I could have done.
What about you? Are you feeling happy or ho-hum about your 2016? Either way, let’s plan to make next year better — starting with work. I mean, you spend over 60% of your days working ever year. It should be enjoyable (bearable at least)!
5 Steps to Boost Your Departments Cheer for the New Year
- Prepare & Start Planning Now
No more “next week”, “next month” or “next year” — plan for the future now! Like I was just saying, time flies. So, before pulling out the celebratory punch, look over your department, take notes on areas for improvement and create a plan for a better 2017.
Tip: Ask co-workers for their opinion and any suggestions they may have. They’ll often bring new ideas to the table that you may not have thought of. A smooth-sailing department relies on many moving parts, make sure they’re all well-greased or you’ll experience a breakdown at some point.
- Apply Changes & Stick to Them
Don’t let your plan fall to the wayside once the New Year hits, put your changes into place and stick to them! Change is difficult, but remember that the reason you’re facilitating these changes it to improve the process for everybody involved. They’ll thank you in the end.
- Analyze Your Performance (From Every Side)
Throughout the year, make sure to analyze performance from multiple perspectives. Although metrics like the number of orders or invoices processed are great to track, dive a little deeper with metrics like how many have been processed per employee, the accuracy rate of those processed, and more, to help understand the full effect of changes.
- Celebrate Every Victory
Even the minor ones! Empower yourself and others by recognizing achievements throughout the year. Just as important as recognizing problems in the process is acknowledging achievements. It helps revitalize staff in the push for improvement.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
No matter how much planning and preparation you do, mistakes are bound to happen. The sooner you accept that, the better off you’ll be. Embrace mistakes as pointers to where further improvement can be made.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Esker!