Workplace Resolutions

22-01-2020

It may be mid-January, but it is not too late to make a new year’s resolution! Whilst it is easy to simply say we will start doing something, implementing that idea can be a completely different story. So, let’s not succumb to a plan that only lasts a week, instead create a resolution in the workplace that you can stick to and will benefit others around you too.

1. Keeping Your Work Station Tidy

It is scientifically proven that being surrounded by a messy environment leaves us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed due to excessive stimuli [1]. As well as generally being an inconvenience, untidiness tricks the brain into thinking that work is incomplete resulting in stress and further procrastination. In the workplace, messy desks can portray an employee as less conscientious and less agreeable [2] than someone who maintains a tidy desk.

Whilst some would simply justify that they are too busy to keep their workstation tidy, the most effective way is to unclutter a little bit each day. Tidying as part of an end of day routine helps you to unwind from the day whilst preparing for work tomorrow. If you work from home, distinguishing between your work and home items will help to minimise mess as it determines a specific work and relax space which is important for mental wellbeing.

At our Head Office, we implement a clean desk policy where desks must be cleared by the end of the day. Creating a clean desk policy ensures that more employees will stick to it and helps to reduce any security breaches as sensitive material is not left in view, all whilst making a good impression to potential visitors.

2. Manage Your Planning Better

Finding a work-life balance can be tough, but most people already set themselves up for a fall at the beginning because they underestimate how long things take. If you focus on smaller details rather than the bigger picture, you are not accounting for any possible complications such as illness or travel issues. This is particularly true in business, as many workers utilise evidence to suit their own goals rather than create a realistic schedule.

For better planning going forward, Robson (2019) recommends that we do not dismiss previous experiences but utilise them to create a more efficient plan. This way, the realities of timescales have been considered rather than an estimate which may not be plausible in real life.

3. Be Kinder In and Outside The Workplace

Whilst workplaces can become stressful from time to time, it is important not to let your stress and anger negatively impact the wellbeing of your colleagues around you. Kindness has a powerful effect on both the giver and receiver because it acts as an antithesis to calm down toxic situations [3]. As stress can be a response to situations that cannot be changed, this understandably causes tension among employees especially when deadlines are fast approaching.

Nonetheless, Turner, L (2019) recommends that if you listen to others, counteract rudeness with kindness and be inclusive and cooperative in stressful situations, this generally results in a better outcome for all parties as it creates a healthier environment to work in.

So, let’s continue the new year in the right direction, with work spaces clean, realistic schedules in place and minds ready to take on future opportunities!

 

Sources:

[1] Carter, S, B (2012) ‘Why Mess Causes Stress: 8 Reasons, 8 Remedies’ Psychology Today

[2] Sander, L (2019) ‘The case for finally cleaning your desk’, HBR

[3] Robson, D, (2019) ‘Constantly late with work? Blame the planning fallacy’ BBC worklife

[4] Turner, L, (2019) ‘Why being kind could help you live longer’ BBC News