A SMART approach to your employees’ New Year’s resolutions — or any time

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It’s that time of year again. With the holidays close by, it’s natural for your employees to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Keeping a promise to oneself is more easily said than done, though. Year after year, people enter January with ambitious goals: losing weight, exercising more, signing up for a race. Sound familiar? So what actually goes wrong with all this positive intent?

According to the American Psychological Association, the way we define our resolutions can foreshadow how successful we will be in keeping them. “By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year.”1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a great way for employees to set themselves up for success. Use your internal communications channels to educate employees on setting goals by making SMART resolutions.2 Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and…

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