As a human resources professional, there are plenty of goals you can set to better your life in the workplace while simultaneously benefiting your employees.
As a human resources professional, there are plenty of goals you can set to better your life in the workplace while simultaneously benefiting your employees.

With the new year just around the corner, now's the perfect time to start thinking about setting a resolution. What's best is 2018 starts on a Monday, so it's an ideal opportunity to set a goal on a fresh, clean slate!

But this year, why not focus your resolution around your career? As a human resources professional, there are plenty of goals you can reach to better your life in the workplace while simultaneously benefiting your employees.

That said, here are 4 HR-related New Year's resolutions to consider:

1. Help your company improve employee retention
As workplace demographics change, it's critical for hiring managers and HR professionals to be flexible and better understand the driving forces that motivate their staff members to work hard. ERE Media recommended improving employee retention and engagement for the new year by better catering benefits and programs to your workplace demographic.

"How do your current training processes look?"

2. Revamp your training system
Perhaps one of the reasons your company needs help with employee retention starts from the root of your hiring foundation - how do your current training processes look? With 2018 just on the horizon, now's a good time to consider revamping your onboarding processes. Look to your current employees for feedback in regard to what helped them get to a comfortable place at work, and which processes seemed irrelevant.

3. Take time to get to know your staff workers
If you find yourself scrambling to remember the name of a staff member you hired months ago, it's time to change things up. This year, get to know your employees to a point where they feel comfortable coming to you with issues. This can resolve workplace problems that could ultimately result in bad turnover rates.

4. Become a better listener
As a manager, you likely spend a lot of your time talking and relaying information to your staff members. This year, work on being a better listener. Active listening shows your employees that you're willing to help them resolve issues, and that you're interested in hearing what they have to say.

"Your listening may empower them to solve their problems," Susan M. Heathfield wrote for the Balance. "When they feel completely heard out and listened to, they are more likely to move from stuck to action."

Make 2018 the year you and your employees strive to succeed.

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