Questioning Work Habits for Greater Success

Posted on January 02, 2019

Work life is conducive to repetition, and as routine becomes more comfortable, habits are formed. These habits, although safe, can actually be detrimental to the growth of the business. Reevaluating work routines and habits on a biannual basis can help keep an organization moving forward and stop it from getting stuck in a rut. As we ring in a new year, now is a perfect time to identify old habits that are holding the workplace back. Follow these three steps to reevaluate business decisions and positively impact the future of the organization.

shutterstock_164397920Identify the bad habits

Routine makes us feel safe, but hiding under a blanket of familiarity can cause businesses to be stagnant. If not addressed regularly, organizations can lose control of their ability to break free from their habits as they subconsciously kick in during decision making processes. To begin identifying habits that need to change, set aside a week to journal any items, meetings, schedules, or partnerships that have been ongoing and might offer better outcomes if there is an element of change added. The point of this exercise is to reevaluate and look at habits that are helping the organization grow and recognize those that are keeping it behind.

Review the list and determine which habits are harmful to growth

At the end of the week, review the list and identify a few areas that are potentially harming the business’ ability to advance. It may be discovered that weekly meetings are not productive and are wasting employees’ time, or that an old partnership is actually stunting the business’ external marketing efforts. Look at the short-term and long-term outcomes of these habits, and then prepare to address the issues head on with a new approach.

Develop a plan moving forward

Once the bad habits have been identified, now is the time to tackle them and to develop a plan moving forward. If weekly meetings are not productive, changing the structure, or even the day and time the meeting is held, may result in more productivity. If old partnerships need to be reevaluated, consider sending out a request for proposal to both current partners and new agencies. This allows businesses to not only evaluate existing work relationships, but also provides organizations an opportunity to really dive into what they’d like to see updated and changed in the future.

Organizations that perform this exercise every six months will be able to reevaluate and pivot their growth into directions that will help them succeed. Being complacent is great for comfort, but in business, questioning our assumptions is key to success. To continue improving and developing over the long term, it’s about determining the best strategy to keep the business on the path of growth.