3 Steps to Creating a Healthier, Happier Work Life

With a mere 8 percent of individuals achieving their New Year’s Resolutions by year-end, it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us already have fallen short on our champagne- and confetti-induced goals for 2017. Perhaps you set overly lofty goals on weight loss and personal health or considered a resolution that involved a financial goal that has not proven to be attainable. Before you check off that goal as unachievable, consider these three workplace steps that can help create a healthier, happier work life, which in turn, will transition to a sense of achievement in your personal life.

Make personal fitness an obtainable priority.

One of the number one reasons people fail on their fitness goals is because they set unrealistic expectations. Let’s face it, if you haven’t stepped foot in a gym in two years, challenging yourself to work out for an hour a day, five days a week, simply is unrealistic. Consider taking baby steps to accomplish your physical goals. For example, start by parking your car in the back of the parking lot, increasing your walk to the office. If you take public transit, get off a stop before you usually do, and plan to walk the additional distance. There’s always the more obvious option of taking the stairs instead of the elevator. (Perhaps a slightly lofty goal for those working in city high rises!)

Making fitness fun can also increase obtainability. Ask your colleague if you can conduct your next business update meeting on-the-go, and head over to your office’s indoor or, weather permitting, outdoor walking path. Don’t have a walking path at your office? Take a few laps around the office – hey, you may even meet a few new friends!

Re-evaluate your financial future.

While you may not have the opportunity to make changes to your retirement investments at the beginning of the year, it’s never a bad idea to look into alternative ways to save. Again, the key to this step is ensuring your actions are obtainable and moderate. Interested in put away a little extra spending money for that banked-up PTO? Consider a savings app like Acorns, that takes your spare change from debit card purchases, rounds up, and puts the residual amount into an investment fund. For example, when you buy a coffee for $4.23, Acorn will round up to $5.00, putting the additional $0.77 into an investment account, helping your spare change earn you money.

Additionally, the beginning of the year is a great time to take a look at all of the financial benefits your employer offers, ensuring you are taking full advantage of your benefits. For starters, take a look at your company’s 401K policy. If you’re not already investing at least the minimum to max out your employer’s 401K match, you should make plans to do so come next open enrollment. If your company offers reduced stock purchase plans, take a detailed look at the recent stock returns to see if a potential purchase or investment is in your future. Often handy investment tools are right at your fingertips, and you simply haven’t taken full advantage of them.

Create a five-year career roadmap.

Finding fulfillment in your job can lead to so much more satisfaction than simply liking what you do. Job satisfaction often goes hand-in-hand with better pay, higher performances, and an overall greater sense of personal fulfillment. When analyzing your current job situation, look beyond the basics of pay and workforce respect. In fact, a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that “2016’s leading job satisfaction contributors included respectful treatment of all employees at all levels, compensation/pay, benefits and job security.”

If you feel like your position is lacking in one or many of these elements, consider the steps you can take to achieve your new goals. Would obtaining an additional degree help you advance in your position? If so, research your company’s education reimbursement offerings, or start looking into payment options. Does your company provide opportunities for you to move into a different department where you may find more fulfillment? If yes, introduce yourself to a mentor in one of these departments to get a better feel for the department’s actual responsibilities. Have you considered a new career path, perhaps utilizing your existing skills in a new, more challenging industry? Try joining an online networking group within that industry. LinkedIn’s Learning tab is a great place to start.

So before you hang your hat on what was written off as an unachievable New Year’s resolution, ask yourself if these simple workplace steps can help you obtain some of your goals. More times than not, simple, everyday changes can make a dramatic change in your personal and professional life.

If a new career is part of your goals, a recruiter from MBI Staffing, LLC., may be able to help with your search. As a IT staffing and recruiting firm, we place project managers; network engineers and architects; server, messaging and netops support; as well as business analysts across all levels. Or goal is to place employees in fulfilling positions where they have the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential, offering a healthier, happier work life for all.

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