I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaack! Happy New Year everyone! It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted. Between my job, various freelance assignments, and starting my YouTube channel (more about this at the end of this post), I hardly had time to keep up with my blog. But the new year has brought new priorities and I’m ready to dive back in. So to welcome you all to 2018, I decided I should create a list of New Year’s resolutions for the workplace.
- The Power of No
One of my biggest pet peeves at work is when someone asks me to do something that falls way out of the scope of my actual job. I try to be accommodating within reason, but you have to be careful not to set a pattern. Actress Tallulah Bankhead once said, “Never do anything once that you don’t want to be your job.” Meaning, if you do it once, people will always look for you to do it. So learn how to say “NO!”
- Claim Your Space
A lot of people give their homes a thorough scrub-down before January 1st because it’s good to start a new year in a clean house. The same goes for your office, cubicle, or workspace. Wipe away those dust bunnies, clear out those old files, and get a can of compressed air to get all those granola crumbs out of your keyboard (ugh!) But more than that, be sure to make your space your own. Add a few photos, some cute figurines, that old Garfield comic you love, or a few small plants. One of my favorite personalized touches on my desk is my Michael Jackson mousepad. Whatever makes you smile, bring it!
- “How about we slip out of these suits and into something a little more casual Friday?”
I know what you’re thinking. You think I’m going to warn you against office romances, but you’re wrong. The workplace is actually a pretty common place to meet someone. Just keep these tips in mind:
a. Make sure the person you like is someone who can keep a low profile. You don’t want rumors flying before there’s even anything real to talk about!
b. Make sure the person you like doesn’t sit too close to you. This is just to protect you in case things go south. The last thing you’ll want is to stare into an ex’s face all day. Location, location, location.
c. Be careful dating upper management or supervisors. That’s just an episode of Scandal waiting to happen.
- Cubicle Clique
It’s easy to get comfortable once you start making friends at work. But be careful not to walk around with blinders on. Ask the new girl out to lunch, make conversation with the guy in the graphics department or actually have a conversation with the receptionist instead of breezing by. You’ll be surprised at some of the great connections you make. Now look, I can’t lie. There’ll be some hits and some misses. Have your spidey senses up at all times. Being open is one thing, but getting stuck with a dud is another.
At my current job they will let you cash out up to 50% of your vacation time. Normally I have 0-2 days to cash out but this year I had seven. Yes, it was great having that extra cash around the holidays, but it also made me sad to know that I hadn’t really traveled or taken time out for myself. In the long run, I think using the time to visit my family or go on fun trips was better for my spirit than the money. For the sake of your own mental health, get out of the office and live your life as much as you can. (Just make sure your work is done so you have a job to come back to!)
I hope you all keep these in mind for 2018 as you grudgingly return to work after the holidays. Have a resolution that I left out? Drop a comment below!
P.S. Don’t forget to stop by my YouTube channel to see skits based on this blog, in addition to other random videos and a new literary food vlog called “Flavor & Fiction”. Check it out here:
– R. Alexandria