Given that I’m keen to let everyone concentrate on losing weight and eating better (overwhelmingly no. 1 of all the New Year charts) and that we all might need some help nailing down the blissfully vague and ironically disorganised “Get more organised” (coming in at no. 2 in the States last year), here I am offering to take care of the work bit for you if you are here in the UK and in the HR systems business.
To cover first the health kick, note that to be in the 8-10% of us who actually manage to keep our resolutions, I’ve come across some tips to help you too. It does depend slightly which newspaper you like to read, by the way.
There are 2 alternatives:
Either go smart. We all know about SMART goals and New Year’s resolutions are none other. Limit the number, make those goals realistic and specific and phrase them in the positive. Note, by the way, that psychologists suggest willpower is like a muscle – exercise it and it will get stronger; abuse it and you’ll wear it out. So give yourself a break and watch a funny movie after.
Or how about a question? This is for the maverick resolutioner. Asking questions about whether or not you will do something may have longer-lasting effects than making statements, according to a bunch of US university researchers* and I rather like their findings. There is something called the “question-behaviour effect”, which means that in considering questions, there is a significant influence on future behaviour. This can last more than six months. This gets over all of the usual hurdles of our funny brains, which cause that New Year strength of mind to fizzle from New Year fizz into Easter chocolate not too long after the shops have managed to stock up.
Back to work and here goes:
In my Christmas Wish List for HR Technology – I was hoping that the vendors would give those of us in HR and Payroll a chance to get the basics right. I looked ahead at possible trends in a “third wave” of technology products, but I suggested that we could still do with answers on issues that gobble time, money and attention today.
Going with the “question-behaviour” idea, what will I resolve to do on our behalf?
[You might find it frustrating to read questions rather than answers. But note: in the writing I’m really feeling quite keen. Please do read on, but when you’re done, I do rather suggest you go back to the “Give up alcohol” one and get some questions going. I must stop at my Top Ten, because otherwise my willpower muscle will get tired.]
My Top Ten Personal Questions for HR Tech in the UK in 2016
Clearly I have a win-win blog here. Either I succeed in more than 8% of my HRIS resolutions, which is statistically great. Or I don’t, in which case I’m reassuringly normal.
I will also, by the way, drink less bad coffee, get less scrawny, listen to the news “properly”, take up yoga and be nicer to my husband when he is, well, annoying. Possibly.