Starting the new year tired, uninspired, and needing a break helps no one. However, we (and your employer) hope that you got a much-needed break over the holidays and that you’re ready to enter 2022 with the energy, ideas, and effort needed at the beginning of any year. So let’s go through what you should do with that extra energy and those fresh ideas.
Create a Yearly Business Plan
We recently discussed what all goes into a successful business plan. If you did not do this at the end of last year, it’s imperative that you finish it ASAP. This will set the tone for your entire year and show you what areas you should focus on, what you should avoid, and who is responsible for each task.
Create Employee-Specific and Team Goals
Once you have your overall business plan, you can break it down further. Regardless of the size of your company, everyone has different roles and responsibilities, resulting in different goals for each team member. Therefore, we recommend sitting down with each team member (or department head) and detailing their goals for the year. Next, we recommend creating a weekly, monthly, and quarterly goal sheet and to-do list.
If you only pay attention to the big picture, you will miss out on important details along the way. That’s why we recommend having large goals and then breaking everything else down into weekly or daily tasks in order to successfully hit those bigger goals.
Make Communication a Priority
The COVID pandemic has either helped or hurt companies’ communication. It’s time to make sure that it’s helping yours. When working remotely, it’s crucial to have daily communication with your coworkers. When you’re no longer working one door down and can quickly pop into their office to ask a question or discuss something, you lose out on valuable information. Set time each day to check in with those you work closely with. In larger businesses, daily company-wide meetings are not necessary. Ensure that those involved have the information they need and don’t waste others’ time with information that does not pertain to their duties.
Along the lines of better communication, you should also make time to get feedback from your team members. Whether this is a quarterly meeting with your boss or a weekly check-in about the results of a specific campaign, getting feedback from those working directly on a project will only benefit the project and the employees involved.
If you work on these three areas daily, your company should see a better workflow, communication, and productivity. Ensuring that everyone has their own daily, weekly, and quarterly goals and tasks will contribute to the overall success of your company. If you need help with day-to-day tasks, goal setting, strategic growth approaches, or more, reach out to us. We’d love to help you grow in this new year.