Make a Fresh Start at Work This Spring

Written by
Kyle Sherman
Published on
March 20, 2022 8:00:00 AM PDT March 20, 2022 8:00:00 AM PDTth, March 20, 2022 8:00:00 AM PDT

Spring is finally in full swing and with it comes renewed motivation to start achieving those goals at work.

Maybe you’ve let them go dormant during the slumber of winter, or maybe they’re brand new carrots you’ve just planted in that fertile mind of yours. Either way, here are our best ideas to get your garden of goals growing.


Get SMART. Review both individual and team goals for SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound) strategies to success.


Re-think your day planner. Some people are tactile; others are drawn to new technology. If you’ve always used a leather-bound day planner to stay on top of life’s appointments, try using the calendar app on your phone. And vice versa. Writing things out in longhand can be just as exciting as tapping clicks while waiting in line. Seeing all you want to accomplish each day, week or month can help you feel more in control of your own destiny.


Spring clean your office. In box piling up? When is the last time you dusted (even though the cleaning staff does)? Give your desk the once-over with a lemon-scented polish, add office-appropriate artwork to cubicle walls, bring in a reading lamp to soften harsh ceiling lights; consider a vase of fresh flowers on the credenza, too.


Plan an employee retreat. Getting away from the office gives most employees a lift, whether it’s to break the routine, to thinking outside the box or to have a little fun. Get creative – consider planning a volunteer outing, a painting class, attending a cultural event or professional sporting match, even playing a round of golf (tried and true).


Revamp your recognition program. Review whether your program helps employees feel appreciated, recognizes key achievers and retains top talent. Here’s a few fresh phrases you can use to help your team feel recognized and valued:


● Your personal commitment to quality shines in everything you do.

● What a great idea! Thank you for showing others your vision and powerful ideas.

● Your dedication contributes to our success.

● Two thumbs up! Your performance exceeds all expectations.

● It’s your careful attention to detail that makes you so special.

● You take the time — and that makes all the difference!


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