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It’s that time of the year again – time to choose your New Year’s Resolutions. Intentions are always high to work out more, eat healthier, spend less money, etc. According to a Nielsen.com article titled This Year’s Top New Year’s Resolution? Fitness!!, some of the top New Year’s resolutions for 2015 were to stay fit and healthy, lose weight, and get organized. If any of these resolutions are on your list for next year, how can you integrate them into your work schedule at the office?

  1. Eat Healthy: Sometimes easier said than done, especially when you enjoy food day with your team members. The next time you have a food day in the office, plan on bringing a fruit or veggie tray. You may be surprised just how many of your coworkers will enjoy your dish. Not only will you feel great about your food choice, but you won’t be breaking your resolution.
  2. Stay Fit: How many of us set the alarm early in the morning with intentions to work out before you head to the office? When that doesn’t happen, we make plans to work out after we leave work. Sometimes we’re too tired, arrive home later than expected, or just want to watch our favorite shows on TV. If this is you, why not work out during your work day? During your lunch period, plan on taking a walk for the first 15-30 minutes (depending on the length of your lunch break) and enjoy your lunch for the rest of your break. Take occasional breaks throughout the day to walk to the water fountain, restroom, or copy machine.
  3. Get Organized: Are you a list maker? Now may be the time to start! A great way to get organized at work is to start your morning off by creating a To Do list, outlining the tasks that must be completed by end of day and tasks that you want to finish later if you have time. At the end of the day and before you leave the office, take a look at your list to see what you accomplished. If a task needs to be postponed, simply add it to tomorrow’s list and you’ll be a step ahead when the next morning rolls around! Consider adding HON storage to your workspace for additional organization support.

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What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016? Can you think of any ways to stick to them while you’re at work?

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The holidays are a great time of year to come up with creative new ways to engage with your customers and partners. Whether you’re hosting a training for a newly launched product, sponsoring an event or participating in a vendor fair, we all know that the more face time you get with a customer, the better.

Holiday Showroom Event:

For a Sales Representative, this time of year is about finishing the year strong (the food and gifts are just an added bonus!). Celebrate the holidays with your customers by inviting them to your showroom and organizing a holiday-themed giveaway to encourage them to attend the event. Make sure to target customers who already have an interest in your product or are in the middle of making a decision about which products to order. By showing your appreciation for their business and giving them one last chance to check out your products, you position yourself to close those final sales before the year ends.

Catalog Distribution Tips:

The HON Company ships its new catalogs to customers during the holiday season, and it’s the perfect excuse to do something extra special for customers. If you have the time, try hand delivering your catalogs or brochures for an added personal touch. Or, try wrapping your catalogs in a holiday bow or bag to make it look like a special gift. Include a handwritten note that offers tips for using your catalogs and selecting your products. Anything you can do to help your catalog stand out will get your customers thinking about you and your products in 2016!

New Year Kick-Off Dinner:

Make sure you are top of mind for your customers at the start of 2016 by organizing a New Year kick-off dinner. Be mindful of vacation time and try to schedule it 1-2 weeks after everyone returns from their holiday breaks. Inviting your most important customers to dinner at the beginning of the year will make them feel valued and inspire them to select your products.

What are some of the ways you celebrate the holidays with your customers?

Great Things

With the start of the new year, like most people, I have been thinking of what I’m going to focus more on in 2015. There are, of course, the obvious choices, i.e. actually using that gym membership, cooking more (or ever), walking to the grocery store 2 blocks away instead of driving… you get the idea. Instead, I’m deciding to focus on work. Not necessarily on me, but on those that surround me. Here are the 10 top things that I will focus on doing more of:

1. More random acts of kindness. Anonymous Post-it® notes happen to be my favorite.

2. Add a “+1” to the morning Starbucks routine. Is there anything better than someone bringing you a hot beverage? Especially on a Monday morning.

3. Volunteer to help on others’ projects. How wonderful is it when someone offers to help for no reason other than to help lessen your load?

4. Write more hand-written notes. Thank yous, thinking of you, happy birthday, wish you were here… I could go on and on. Bonus points for cursive usage.

5. Dole out those compliments. How great does it feel to put a little extra pep in someone’s step? Because everyone deserves to be told how much they’re rocking that new hair cut…

6. Send more kudos. Focus on recognizing co-workers more often – both directly and to that person’s manager.

7. Have lunch with one new person a week. Can’t think of a better way to build your network… or become a local restaurant connoisseur.

8. Reconnect. Consider rejuvenating those relationships that fizzled out for no apparent reason other than lack of effort.

9. Use meeting times wisely. No one cares for an hour-long meeting that could have been done in 15 minutes.

10. Smile. You know what they say… it’s contagious and can immediately boost the mood of its recipients. I think we could all use a little bit more of that, don’t you?

How will you be a better co-worker this year?

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