Setting a goal is one thing, while accomplishing that goal, whether short-term or long-term, is a whole other feat in itself. Many would say that when setting goals or resolutions, recognizing areas for improvement and creating a purpose of action to make those changes is the easy part – it’s the follow through that is the challenge.
About 80% of goals and resolutions made at the beginning of the year fail in the month of February – less than two months after they were set. So how can we, as goal setters and hopeful goal achievers, stay accountable for staying on the right track and not veering off back into our old habits? While achieiving goals takes commitment, focus and oftentimes mental and/or physical exertion, external factors can also have an impact on our ability to stick to our goals, including the workplace. Coworkers can have a huge influence on our daily routine such as eating habits, our attitude at work, how we react to certain situations, and so on. While a workplace can have a negative impact and be a distraction to achieving goals, it can just as well be a positive one. Here are three ways you and your fellow coworkers can help each other achieve your goals this year.
Keep each other accountable
Share your goals with your coworkers – but only if you feel comfortable in doing so. Tell them what you hope to achieve, and encourage them to help keep you on track. Although your goals can be work-related, they don’t have to be – but tell people anyways. Accountability is huge, and chances are, if people know about what you are hoping to accomplish, you will have a greater possibility of staying on course.
In an article written by The Huffington Post about how to hold yourself accountable to your goals, it is encourgaged to have an “accountability buddy.” In other words, find a coworker who is committed to helping you succeed and can keep you on track while in the workplace. Even better, find someone who has a similar goal and work together in achieving them.
Recognize and reward
If you notice a coworker making steps towards his or her goal, let them know that you see their progress. Give them praise, leave them an encouraging note, or reward them with a small gift. For example, if an employee has decided to walk 10,000 steps each day and you witness them walking during their lunch break, recognize that person for putting in the effort. Or if you notice your coworker hasn’t taken a smoke break all week, send them an e-card or peer-to-peer recognition. Let them know that someone is noticing and that you support them in the steps they are taking towards their goal.
This can go both ways. If others know your goals, the hope is that they will encourage and recognize you, too.
Get the whole workplace involved
The more the merrier, right? Group challenges and activities can not only strengthen the relationships of employees in a workplace, but they can keep individuals motivated. From group weight loss challenges and water wars to team walking competitions, get creative with company-wide initiatives that can be of benefit to coworkers both in and outside of the workplace. Even better, add incentives for the winning teams and/or individuals such as paid time off, gift cards and trophies. Friendly competitiveness can drive and motivate goal setters so that they can soon become goal achievers.