A new year is upon us, and with it comes a multitude of opportunities for growth, increasing team productivity, and overall happiness within your workplace. Let’s face it, the past two years have been difficult for everyone - employees and employers alike. The beginning of the global pandemic changed the way we work with the majority of companies pivoting to a remote work model out of necessity, and to ensure the health and safety of all. People experienced a prevailing sense of collective isolation. Yet, there is a prevalent hopefulness as we are now in the midst of a new year.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a resolution as: “The firm decision to do or not do something”. That said, resolutions shouldn’t be mistaken for goals, which can be defined as desired objectives. Resolutions are a great way to hone focus and provide a fresh start. As the pandemic enters another year, people are craving new beginnings to something that, for many, feels like it will never end. In 2022, it’s crucially important for people to feel a sense of togetherness in the workplace.
According to researchers, 60% of people make New Year’s resolutions yet only a staggering 8% follow through to achieve them. In 2022, this is all the more reason for companies to make a concerted effort to successfully attain resolutions for the workplace. Consider this unto itself, as a collective decision within your organization that will ultimately bring your team together, and set them up for continuous success.
It may seem a somewhat daunting prospect to make resolutions that will encourage a sense of togetherness amongst your employees. Of course, the question is where to begin? These are some ideas for resolutions guaranteed to not only bring your team together but essentially ensure the betterment of your organization as a whole.
Trust is an integral component of every successful human interaction. It plays such a fundamental role in our daily lives, thus ought to underpin the culture of your company. A recent study examined the neuroscience of trust, and how it correlates with a workplace environment.
The research, as detailed in Harvard Business Review, involved people who worked for employers deemed by the respective employees as either “high-trust companies” or “low-trust companies”. Those who were employed by “high-trust companies” reported: “74% less stress, 106% more energy at work, 50% higher productivity, 13% fewer sick days, 76% more engagement, 29% more satisfaction with their lives, 40% less burnout”.
Suffice to say, these are compelling reasons for cultivating an esprit de corps and ensuring that trust is fostered within the framework of your organization.
Good communication within any company is of vital importance to ensure continued success and overall happiness amongst employees. A recent report from The Economist found that poor communication within the workplace resulted in numerous larger deleterious effects on a company: “ Respondents say communication barriers are leading to a delay or failure to complete projects (44%), low morale (31%), missed performance goals (25%) and even lost sales (18%) - some worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Encouraging the development of good communication amongst everyone within your organization is a good resolution for 2022. Concise and open communication, be it verbal, non-verbal, feedback or even friendly debate brings team members closer together by enabling everyone to readily express feelings and ideas.
Another resolution as we return to a new normal that is essential for any organization is encouraging a work/life balance. Increasingly, not only companies but governments have recognized a myriad of advantages for implementing work/life balance initiatives within the work environment. For instance, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (a facet of the government of Canada) outlines several studies that have reported benefits of work/life balance in the workplace including:
During the pandemic, medical and scientific experts alike unanimously agree on the many benefits of being outside. An excellent resolution for 2022 guaranteed to bring your team together is simply enjoying the fresh air. Rather than having yet another Zoom session or meeting indoors, get outside together and embrace outdoor spaces.
Whether you decide to hold a meeting in a park, go for a team walk, or some other collaborative outdoor activity, Ritual for Teams lets you treat your employees to coffee, snacks, or lunch. There are numerous restaurants and coffee shops to choose from, not to mention your team can enjoy meal credits, promotions, and rewards.
Truthfully, few things bring people closer together than food. People welcome the conviviality that comes from having a meal with others. Given that over the past two years of the pandemic most people have been isolated, hosting company meals is an excellent resolution guaranteed to bring your team together. Ritual for Teams has you covered, offering a myriad selection that will satisfy every food preference. Having company lunch together provides crucial downtime for everyone, not to mention the bonding opportunities that come with relishing a delectable meal.
The new year brings with it fresh opportunities to grow and evolve including within the workplace. There is no better time to implement resolutions that will not only foster team comradery, but moreover, will ensure productivity, employee engagement, and positivity within your organization. To learn more about everything Ritual for Teams has to offer your organization, contact us today.
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