Human Resources

Starting Fresh in the New Year


The holidays often provide a welcome opportunity to take a break, remind each other how important they are to us, and rest. As the new year begins, though, it’s an opportunity to embrace new habits and set intentions for the next year that will take you – and your team – to the next level.

As you take time to reflect on the year and the past several years, a great place to start is to think about the victories. In what ways are you succeeding? What’s going well? Where are people the happiest?

Then, think about the areas where you’ve felt tension and conflict. Consider feedback you’ve heard from your team and problems you’ve had to resolve.

Where has communication amongst your team fallen short? What processes need to be readdressed? What pathways on your org chart or job roles need to be reimagined? Then, reconsider your successes – what makes your successful processes, people, and positions work, and how can you apply those principles to the areas that need help?

As you begin a new year, find one small area you can improve. One great place to start is with efforts to better engage your team. When you have a fully engaged team, change can happen more swiftly and thoroughly, because everyone’s pulling in the same direction.

We work with business and human resources leaders to help them fully engage their team and communicate more effectively. A great place to start is with our HR Guide to Communication, which you can download for free here.

Colleen Cook

Colleen Cook

Colleen Cook works full-time as the Director of Operations at Vinyl Marketing in Ashland, Ohio, where she resides with her husband Mike and three young daughters. She's an insatiable extrovert who enjoys finding reasons to gather people.