10 Work-life Resolutions for 2023

As we enter the new year, it’s a great time to reflect on our work-life balance and consider ways to improve. Here are ten resolutions to consider for 2023: 

  1. Set boundaries between work and personal life: Establishing clear boundaries between work and personal life can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Consider setting rules around when it is okay to be disturbed at home or designate specific times when you will not check work emails. 
  2. Prioritize self-care: Taking care of yourself is essential for maintaining good physical and mental health and productivity. Self-care practices, such as getting enough sleep, exercise, and nutrition, can improve well-being and reduce the risk of burnout. 
  3. Find work-life balance: It’s important to find a balance between work and personal life to avoid burnout and increase job satisfaction. Individuals who report a better balance between work and personal lives tend to have higher job satisfaction and lower burnout. 
  4. Communicate effectively: Effective communication is key to building strong relationships and resolving conflicts. It is positively related to job performance. 
  5. Set goals: Having clear goals can help you focus your efforts and stay motivated. Setting specific, challenging goals has led to higher performance than setting easy or no goals. 
  6. Take breaks: It’s important to step away from work regularly to recharge and reduce stress. Taking breaks can improve productivity and well-being. 
  7. Learn new skills: Investing in your development can benefit your career and increase your value as an employee. Individuals who engage in continuous learning tend to have higher job satisfaction and are likelier to be promoted. 
  8. Manage your time more effectively: Being efficient can help you get more done and reduce stress. Individuals who use effective time management strategies tend to have lower stress and higher job satisfaction. 
  9. Network and build relationships: Building and maintaining professional relationships, both within and outside your organization, can help you learn from others and open new opportunities. Individuals with a strong network of professional relationships tend to have higher job satisfaction and are more likely to be promoted. 
  10. Reflect and adjust: Regular reflection on your work-life balance and making necessary adjustments can help you maintain a healthy balance and avoid burnout. Individuals who regularly reflect on their work-life balance and adjust as needed tend to have lower levels of burnout. 

The new year is a great time to reflect on your work-life balance and consider ways to improve. By setting boundaries, prioritizing self-care, finding work-life balance, communicating effectively, setting goals, taking breaks, learning new skills, managing your time, building relationships, and reflecting on and adjusting your work-life balance, you can increase your productivity, reduce stress, and achieve a healthy balance between your work and personal life. By committing to these resolutions, you can make 2023 a productive and fulfilling year. 

Happy New Year and best wishes from Visio! We hope these resolutions help you make the most of the coming year. 

Missions & Visions: Pillars of Successful Organizations

The practice of organisation is a critical function of management that frequently is taken for granted. In basic terms, it is imperative to identify and coordinate the what’s, why’s, how’s, where’s, when’s and who’s to succeed in any venture, whether business or other social services, efficiently and effectively. In my practice, I primarily work with Startups and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). One of my most notable observations is that many SMEs operate with a fixed mindset – simply flipping resources today without considering how to maximise current strengths and opportunities to drive sustainable growth for the future.

One of my clients, John, owns a restaurant. He is an excellent cook and does exceptionally well with coordinating kitchen staff and services. As a result, he started to get numerous requests to cater meetings and other larger events. However, John opened a juice jar in another town. In addition, John does fitness training in the mornings and evenings and freelance photography from time to time. John’s philosophy is to do whatever it takes to make him money right now. This system worked for some time. Eventually, his multiple income streams saw diminishing returns due to the lack of organisation. John had become stretched too thin. He is currently unable to deliver the best of anything that he offers. He is losing customers at the restaurant and has been unable to maintain momentum with his fitness trainees. We are currently working with John to pinpoint his mission – what is his current business priority, what his vision of success looks like, and finally, to develop a clear strategy to get there. In so doing, we can then help him control the scope and focus of his investment, thereby enabling him to create, manage and maximise more sustainable returns.

Application in MSMEs

Many SMEs operate without a clear mission or vision. This is often due to a lack of training and exposure. Still, in many cases, the proprietors do not adequately contemplate the power of their enterprise nor the potential to grow far beyond self-employment or the parochial small business. Some think that a mission or vision statement is only for the area of larger organisations with significant market share and pretty profit margins. At Visio HQ, we actively dismiss the small business mindset, emphasising “startups

Startups are business experiments, research, and development processes that precede innovation, disruption, and success in business.

Mark-Odean Grant

Startups must discover and create their ingredients for success and emulate successful enterprises’ appropriate properties and practices. Today we will explore the importance of a mission and a vision—two fundamental features of successful organisations.

There are many academic references about what acceptable mission and vision statements should entail. As a scholar, myself and a trained and experienced professional, I encourage my team, mentees, and clients to understand and appreciate the rigour of developing sound mission and vision statements. However, in practice, simplicity is your best friend. Your message should be brief, relatable, and memorable to quickly engage your key stakeholders’ interest, participation, and support. Startups are value experiments, the research and development process that precedes innovation, disruption, and a successful business.

Your Mission

Your mission is your big “WHY?”. It answers the questions: “why are you here,” “what do you do?” and “for who?” Your mission is not simply a statement; it is the fundamental purpose of your existence. At the minimum, your mission defines what makes you different from other players in your space. At best, it represents your unique identity, creates your own space, and makes you incomparable. Your mission statement must clearly articulate what you do now and whom you are serving. In addition, missions should effectively represent a capacity to serve stakeholders’ needs most practically. Here are some examples of grand mission statements:

  1. Visio HQ: “to help Jamaicans build great careers, create excellent learning organisations and develop successful businesses.”
  2. Grace Kennedy: “to satisfy the unmet needs of Caribbean people wherever we live in the world.”
  3. Google: “to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
  4. Microsoft: “to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.”

Your Vision

Your vision is a glimpse of your successful destiny. It represents your ultimate success, the summit of fulfilling your mission and purpose. Your vision is not just a statement; it is the essence of your ambition to make an indelible mark on the world. It contemplates what’s next and helps you to position yourself to grow and get better. At the minimum, your vision seizes the future. At best, it defines your legacy. Visions should not just be ambitious but perhaps even audacious to ensure that there is a continuous source of challenge and motivation for your work.

Here are the fantastic vision statements for the missions stated above:

  1. Visio HQ: “to become a centre of excellence for disruption in talent management, startup development, and business networking in Jamaica.”
  2. Grace Kennedy: “to transform ourselves from a Jamaican trading company to a global consumer group with our roots in Jamaica.”
  3. Google: “to provide access to the world’s information in one click.”
  4. Microsoft: “to help individuals and businesses realise their full potential.”

Missions & Visions Evolve

The world is a dynamic place. Global trends and the increasing impact of travel, information and communication technology, e-commerce, and social media have revolutionised the industrial landscape. As a result, businesses and other organisations must be increasingly sensitive in their response to these changes. In worst-case scenarios, these changes present significant threats and may even render missions irrelevant. In best-case scenarios, these changes create more excellent opportunities to compete and even offer enhanced tools for success. Your mission and vision must evolve to contend with the dynamics of the industry. Your mission must maintain relevance to those you serve, and your vision must actively contemplate developments to keep you on target.

You are your mission, and you are becoming your vision. Are you willing to risk winging it? Missions and visions are critical features of successful organisations, whether a startup or a large enterprise. Your mission identifies you in the industry, and your vision epitomises your ultimate success. These critical instruments go a far way in charting your path by creating the context for your work, helping to engage your key stakeholders, and providing continuous challenge and motivation.

People, Talent & Learning: The Future of HR

Many startups are very focused on creating the best organisation to achieve their vision and strategic goals. When considering the introduction, role, and practice of an HR Professional to organisations—be wary of falling into the trap of the traditional HR Department. Why? Well, because it focuses more on personnel administration rather than leveraging people as the fundamental contributors and features of your company’s success. Companies must increasingly sharpen their strategic focus, which platforms an understanding and appreciation of the inherent quirks in the concept of “people”.

“People should not be managed. Instead, they should be lead.”

Mark-Odean Grant

An employee’s talents, performance, and related contributions to the organisation’s building and culture should be managed! For this drives productivity and achieves the bottom line.

Many organisations today are full of management capacity but lack effective leadership and growth. As a result, companies lose their competitive edge and even fail due to poor learning systems and a chronic failure to learn in general. Companies should strive to be configured as a people-focused, learning organisation. Only this way will they be able to grow, compete and survive in the dynamic and globalised marketplace of the 21st century.

People lead and participate in teams, which build up organisations. Talents gear performance and drive the achievement of organisational goals. Learning gives organisations a competitive advantage in the industrial environment. The future of HR is much more than a vision of administrating personnel only.

Alas, there is a better way. For in the future, no longer should ordinary HR practices exist. But instead, HR will understand the importance of leadership and leveraging people’s fundamental power as invaluable investors and strategic assets in our organisations. A strategic HR practice does not just push paper but drives influence and action as an indispensable business partner.

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