Expect to hear more about my New Year’s Resolutions in, well, the new year. For now I’ve combed through the resolutions that human resources and business leaders have shared so far and found the most interesting. Obviously this will influence my own resolutions. Cheating? What, no. I’m just making a fully informed resolutions.
Here is your Friday Five:
Not getting sued is always good. HR lawyer Marilyn G. Moran shares her top five recommendations to avoid litigation in the new year. As usual, training and compliance rank high.
HR Dive talked to Lauren Griffin, senior vice president with Adecco Staffing, about what recruiters should resolve to accomplish in 2017. Recruit lots of good candidates for great jobs, obviously, but also keep working on candidate experience and improve your mobile recruiting efforts.
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Not quite a resolution — since we all know most resolutions go nowhere — but more of a directive, Steve Brown thinks that the best thing we can do next year for our careers and for our fields is to be more passionate about what we do. He says, “I would like to see 2017 be the year where we are confident personally and as a profession in who we are and what we do in human resources. I want to see us quit apologizing, or downplaying, our field. No other profession does this, and neither should we.”
Over at Forbes, Todd Richardson says that engagement is the ultimate New Year’s Resolution. Granted, Todd is the founder of Emplify, a company that aims to help you with your sticky employee engagement problems, and so he has a vested interest in your engagement rate. But his argument still makes a lot of sense. Engagement is important, no matter how hard it is to measure and affect, and focusing on improving one element of workplace culture may make it easier for you to succeed at your resolutions.
So give it a try. If not engagement, then perhaps, as Marilyn G. Moran suggests, try compliance. Pick one really important goal and then make a plan to reach it.
Or maybe you shouldn’t make any resolutions. Instead, says Eric McNulty, you should take some time to sit down and consider what you really want to accomplish this year and going forward. Instead of setting a bunch of transient resolutions that you’re very likely to fail, write a manifesto for your career and life. Not just a five year plan, but a document that outlines why your goals are important and what your basic principles are. Figure out who you are, what you really want, and then plan how to get there.
Are you making any New Year’s resolutions this year or have you given up on them? Tell me about your own goals in the comments. And of course, ave a Happy New Year!