- 1 Sleep longer
- 2 Set limits at work
- 3 Hydrate more
- 4 Take breaks
- 5 Using sick leave
- 6 Move more
- 7 Take a vacation
- 8 Take care of your physical health
- 9 Seek help if your mental health is compromised
- 10 Work near a window
- 11 Offer to help new hires
- 12 Create your own schedule
- 13 Adapt to the unexpected
- 14 Try a time management tool
- 15 Set productivity goals
- 16 Accept that performance is not everything
- 17 Request a salary increase
- 18 Have the spirit of initiative
- 19 Have short video calls
- 20 Be patient with others
- 21 Be patient with yourself
It’s the start of a new year, it’s often a good time to make resolutions. Whether it’s for your personal or professional life, having plans and goals can help improve your work environment. We have therefore given ourselves the challenge of finding 22 professional resolutions for the year 2022. Here we go!
The fashion for “work hard play hard”, understanding “work hard and play hard” is no longer relevant. It is dangerous for health. In a healthy work environment, you need to be able to get enough sleep to be able to be profitable at work.
Unfortunately, more than half of Canadians sleep poorly or not enough for optimal health. Worse yet, in 2017, 40% of Canadians were reported to have chronic sleep disorders.
The causes are multiple: it can be due to professional stress, but also to other sources of stress. As a result, the urgency to sleep better and for longer is very real, especially in these times of a pandemic. We have enough sources of stress to allow us to sleep less. This is why we must think about improving the quality of our sleep to ensure that our brain and our body function better.
Set limits at work
No one could have predicted it just two years ago, but teleworking has become a new reality and has taken hold as the pandemic unfolds. The work at home trend is here to stay. This is not without danger for the physical and mental health of workers. This is why laws exist to protect employees from the pressure that some managers can exert after hours. The right to disconnect has become an imperative in the context of widespread teleworking.
It seems obvious, but sitting for hours in front of a computer can make us forget the essential for our body: hydration. Even though our bodies are 60% water, we need to drink water regularly to feel good.
So, if you are not drinking enough (water), it would be a good resolution to hydrate yourself more.
Since we forget to drink water, we can forget to take breaks when working. No one can claim that being at work all day nonstop is good for your health.
Consider taking more breaks and creating real breaks during your work days. If you are working from home, you should also take some time for yourself to keep your spirits up and strengthen your focus.
Using sick leave
Most employers offer a personal vacation bank to their employees. The number of hours varies from company to company. It often happens that employees forget or feel embarrassed to be absent from work due to illness.
Although some provinces like Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island offer paid sick leave, other provinces do not yet have that chance. In December 2021, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-3 to provide ten days of paid sick leave to all federally regulated private sector employees.
There is therefore a desire to take the subject of sick leave in Canada seriously. If your employer already offers you hours of paid personal leave, do not hesitate to consume them as soon as you feel the need.
The physical repercussions of sitting at the desk are numerous. We stress the back, neck and upper limbs and there is a risk of suffering from the harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle. All experts recommend moving for at least 30 minutes a day.
If at the end of your workday you feel heavy, having recurring pain all over the place, then now is the time to move more. Do not wait until you are in pain to exercise more, start at the start of the year.
Take a vacation
Flee from work, even if the choice of destinations is limited because of the health crisis. Dropping out of work will make you feel better about yourself and avoid burnout.
Take advantage of your bank of paid holidays provided by your employer and to which you are entitled. Don’t wait to feel exhaustion, be proactive and get some rest first. Here is an explanation to better understand the vacation policy in Quebec.
Take care of your physical health
Your employer surely offers you group insurance. Do not hesitate to consult what is included and excluded. For example, if your insurance covers treatments such as massage therapy or kinesiology, why deprive yourself of it?
Thus, each year, you are entitled to a given amount for special care. For example: $ 1000 in dental costs, $ 2000 for eye care… Note that these amounts will be reimbursed to you if you pay out of pocket at first.
Employers should all offer group insurance to their employees. In addition to the definite benefits for their health, there is also the possibility of better retaining employees in a work environment that cares about their physical and psychological well-being.
Seek help if your mental health is compromised
We are only humans! Even the machines break down. We have challenges to overcome, emotions to deal with and hardships to go through. Sometimes we all falter a bit and lose our balance. There is nothing wrong with asking for help, on the contrary!
The past two years have been difficult for everyone: stress, isolation, illness and anxiety about this never-ending cycle have put a strain on our emotions and our mental health. Therefore, employers should all care and offer real help to employees who feel vulnerable.
Work near a window
Take advantage of the New Year to rearrange your workspace, preferably next to a window. The various sanitary measures and the sometimes harsh winter prevent us from going out and enjoying the outdoors. If we add to this the fact of working in the dark, we will directly lack vitamin D.
If the change of seasons usually affects you, here are some tips to avoid the winter blues.
Offer to help new hires
Major upheavals in the labor market are expected in 2022. A record number of people have already left their jobs, and many are planning to work elsewhere during this year.
Thus, many companies will know of new recruits. They will have to work for a successful integration of the latter.
Do not hesitate to offer your help to these new recruits and remember that sooner or later you will be the new recruit.
Entering a new work environment can be very stressful for everyone. Teleworking and the hybrid way of working can accentuate this feeling of stress as one loses direct contact with colleagues.
Create your own schedule
The pandemic has overturned the traditional office work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Teleworking and hybrid work mode offer more flexibility to employees. Take the opportunity to find the best program for you.
If you’re an early riser, start your workday earlier and end around 4 p.m. If it’s convenient for you to start your day later, why deprive yourself? If your employer is playing the game of flexibility, it’s up to you to organize yourself accordingly.
This resolution applies especially if you are telecommuting. One of the main disadvantages of teleworking is the isolation and lack of communication with colleagues. It’s very easy to get into this lonely gear when you don’t force yourself to come into contact with colleagues.
Even if instant messaging tools help to keep in touch, nothing beats real contact with the people with whom we are involved in a professional project.
Adapt to the unexpected
We have been able to observe it during the last two years, no matter how much we make plans and projects, everything can fall apart at the last minute. As a result, resilience and adaptability are the hallmarks of this year.
You have to get used to “turning around” if something unexpected happens. We should no longer be obsessed with keeping everything under control. Often there are things that are beyond us in life, and it’s not that bad that way.
Try a time management tool
Many of us face disorganization, especially when working from home. There are many solutions designed to help us manage our time better.
Here are some tools and tips for better time management at work.
Set productivity goals
If you want to continuously increase your productivity, you need to set goals and stick to them. To do this, you need metrics and performance indicators to work on.
Setting goals for yourself will allow you to be more productive at work, as long as it is done without pressure.
Accept that performance is not everything
The race for performance can become a real mental burden in all areas. We must try to remain efficient without putting enormous pressure on our shoulders. Jean de La Fontaine said in his fable the hare and the tortoise: “there is no point in running, you have to start on time”. This maxim holds true always and in all circumstances.
Request a salary increase
In view of the current state of the job market, you can take advantage of the economic situation to negotiate your salary. You can consult a salary tool to give you an idea of the salaries offered in your field.
If your results are good and your performance is satisfactory, 2022 would be a good time to ask for a raise.
Have the spirit of initiative
Do not wait to be promoted to manager or team leader to develop your spirit of initiative. At any time, learn how to make decisions and develop initiatives. It is possible to develop this aspect in your daily tasks.
Have short video calls
Zoom fatigue, have you heard of it? It is a form of exhaustion associated with video calls all day long. It is often said that this technology allows us to meet and discuss different professional topics and organize our meetings.
However, repeating meetings can become boring, even exhausting. This is why you should follow certain tips for successful virtual meetings.
Be patient with others
One of the things we have learned from this pandemic is empathy. Being empathetic means putting yourself in other people’s shoes and not exerting unnecessary pressure on them.
If someone in your personal or professional circle is in pain, don’t hesitate to offer your help in whatever way you can. Sometimes a simple conversation can save and can change the course of a day. Remember that when it’s you who needs help, you like to find a listening ear to listen to you.
Be patient with yourself
It is a bit of a summary of all the resolutions. Giving yourself time, rest, and indulgence will keep you going.
The past few years have been so exhausting and 2022 is shaping up to be just as stressful. Resolve, therefore, to become more patient with yourself and to seek less perfection. Rather, seek health and preserve it.