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Six 2014 Resolutions for Work

What we normally do...

Its that time of year when we all reflect on our experiences of the last year and look forward to what may come. In this moment most of us take a hard look at ourselves and resolve to make a resolution to improve in one way or another in our personal lives. This is a great practice and helps each of us to aspire to be better in our future in our homes, with our families, and amongst our friends. One thing we typically don't do is reflect the same way in our work life.
What we don't do...

Work is a very large part of our daily lives, so it makes sense that we should take some time to reflect on what we have done, and what we plan on doing. Think about it, assuming a typical 40 hour work week (yeah, right...), the average American will spend over 2000 hours every year at work. With all that time spent, why not make a resolution for work? Goals, objectives, improvements, efficiencies, relationships, work environment, etc. There are so many things you could focus on.

What we should do...

Keeping things lean and effective can make a huge difference when looking at the bottom line. Leveraging software products has made a national presence not only possible, but relatively easy to manage from email and project management tools to collaboration and productivity applications. We see the value these products make in the daily lives of staff, and thus, build software that can do the same for others.

  1. Brainstorm some tangible "big picture" goals and objectives for 2014 with your team.
  2. Create a plan for improvement for at least some component of work (for example: filing, coffee, company trainings, etc.) and a timeline for completion.
  3. Work on developing good morale in the office (for example: Say hi and smile at someone in the office that looks like their having a bad day, or leave a post it note on someone's desk letting them know how awesome they are, but don't tell them who its from). Make sure to include everyone, from the custodial staff to upper management.
  4. Reorganize your work space (for example: Your desk, the office, the package storage room, etc.)
  5. Resolve past disputes and just agree to disagree (for example: Make up with a coworker your recently had an argument with... resentment can cause dissension in an office and who wants to go to work to that?)
  6. Take time to look at solutions that can actually solve real, tangible problems (for example: What is the biggest pain in your neck? Is there a software or service that can possibly solve that problem?)

Make your resolutions for yourself and your family, but don't forget to do the same for your work life. Take some time to think about how to improve your life at work... even brainstorm some ideas with other coworkers to see if there is something else besides what is listed that the company can do to facilitate these improvements. Look at everything you have done so far, and then look forward at everything you can still accomplish. Now, consider what you need to make it happen and your work resolutions begin.

2014 is going to be a great year - Enjoy it!

Have A Happy New Year!

Gustavo Ortiz is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for the US Postal Solutions Companies. USPSIonline, a US Postal Solutions Company, provides efficiency software for student housing and conventional multifamily properties. Postal Solutions is the #1 provider of mail management and logistics for on- and off-campus housing and used that expertise to develop PackageLog, inbound package management and TrackItLog, online asset tracking.