Resolutions for your HR New Year

Even though we are in the middle of the first month in 2015, it is never too late to have goals or resolutions to focus on for this period.  I thought I would share a few I have in the hopes that they might be of value to you as well.

Our firm is not a pure HR firm, but we do a variety of work in the Talent Acquisition and Talent Development areas.  Here are my resolutions for 2015:

In 2015 I WILL:

  1. In 2015 I will strive to become more metric driven in the work I perform.  There have been many instances in the past where I struggled to find ways to measure the value or change in what I did, but in this new year I will try harder to develop, measure and review what matters most in our work.
  2. In 2015 I will spend more time talking with our clients learning what we do well and what we can improve upon.  Getting a new client involves significant energy, and this work will never cease.  Keeping an existing client is a little easier to do, especially if I spend time finding out how we can best meet their needs.
  3. In this new year I will look for ways to better balance my personal life.  2014 was a great year, but there were times when my work took over my life.  I have no regrets in what I have done, but I see that I can find ways to better balance when I work and I can also be more efficient in those days when I am working.

In 2015 I WILL NOT:

  1. In this new year I will not be afraid to say NO.  This may sound counter to what I have said in the above paragraph, but I have a helping perspective and I always want to find ways to get involved, lend assistance and learn new things.  In this new year I will strive to narrow my focus even more in the role I have and in doing so I will better serve those who depend upon me.
  2. In 2015 I will work hard to not over react to issues that get on my nerves.  This will be tough for me.  There are times when things occur that really bug me and I sometimes let them derail my entire day.  In this new year I will strive to pause, reflect and even wait before I respond to issues that have hit me in a less than positive manner.
  3. The last key item I will not do in 2015 is ignore my own personal development.  By working hard and being fully utilized in 2014 I failed to “sharpen the saw”, as Covey might say, in order to become more personally effective.  This has caused me to be less successful in some ways than I might be.  I will seek out ways to become more innovative and more effective by learning new methods or exploring attitudinal shifts I might employ to better learn and grow.  In return this might even help serve those around me better.

There you have it, my list of 3 Do’s and Don’ts for 2015.

Some of this list might be useful for you as you consider how you will engage and serve others in the HR profession in 2015.

If so, they I wish you well.  Each of us is a resource that can be grown and utilized to serve others.  Never stand still, but instead, find ways to grown and evolve in order to become even more effective.