New Year Resolutions: The Work Place Risks


Welcome to 2016, a new year, a new start and hopefully a new you and me. Finally we are here in the time we were waiting and talking about for the last two months of 2015.

After weeks of planning and arrangements for the New Year party -family gatherings, night out, travelling, etc. -we finally are ready to switch back from the celebration mode to our normal working routines. Although none of us actually want to do that,  that’s how it works. A few of us have already started working.

Before initiating another professional chapter in our lives, haven’t we all thought about our New Year resolutions at work? Even though you aren’t very happy with the idea of promising something to yourself and breaking it later (which most of us do), you would have thought about something that you will do (or not do) to improve your performance at work.

Moreover, it’s a new beginning and a great time to start again and flush out all the negativity while give your new year a perfect fresh start. The famous New Year resolutions at work includes: saving money by cutting expenses (that’s rather personal), getting rid of old files from both your email and desk, scheduling your work by making pre-plans, being nice to your colleagues and interns, and the list continues.

How many of us are actually able to keep our promises until the end of the year? We all know the answer. There is certainly nothing wrong in putting forth efforts to improve yourself, even if you fail. However, some of us are in a habit of announcing it to the world and herein is where the problem lies.

In the professional world, it is good to make commitments only if you can complete them. Because of some unavoidable circumstances if you are unable to keep to your new year resolutions (which the whole office knows) it will leave a negative image of you in front of your colleagues and runs the risk of turning you into laughing stock of the office.

Failure can portray you as unreliable and or lacking commitment. Your colleagues and bosses may lose trust in you or will doubt your dependability. This can hamper your growth at work as you might be viewed as a bit flighty, in spite of all the positive skills you possess.

Whether your goals are related to an increase in your work efficiency, an increase in turnaround time, for following the “boss is always right” rule a bit more religiously, or making it on time at work – you should always think before you speak or act, in order to prevent ‘self-created’ job problems and stress.

They say, “It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

Years of hard work and dedication can be ruined once you are unable to keep up with your promises, even the ones made to yourself. So come up with your resolutions, write them down, and maybe keep them to yourself as you attempt to become a better co-worker and person.

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