2020 was a remarkable year that challenged everyone personally and professionally. Through all the challenges, it also highlighted the qualities that make a great associate. Qualities centered in professionalism, competence and skill.
This year, we ask you to look at your career and set some firm, measurable goals that you can actually track and achieve. Follow these 10 tips to get on track!
1. Do five things to stay healthier at work
You spend a lot of time at work, so consider what you can do for your health while you’re there. Try to think of five simple ways to stay healthier at work. Pack a healthy lunch. Take the stairs. Get up and stretch every hour. Test out a standing desk. Think small and you’ll find that those little things add up.
2. Learn a new skill
Many companies offer training opportunities for continuing education. At Spring Hills, we offer Signature University, a training platform for associates to stay educated and refresh skills. The skills you can learn in these programs can benefit your career. Is there one you’ve been meaning to learn? Set it as one of your work goals for the year and get it done. You won’t regret it. If it can enhance your work in your current job, your company might even be willing to pay for it!
Read one career-related or motivational book
Reading does wonders for your mind. No matter your job, there is a book out there that can improve your performance, your outlook, or your personal habits.
Create at least one new professional networking connection per month
There’s no downside to increasing the size of your professional network. You probably meet people all the time, but do you take the time to listen, grab their business card, and connect with them? With 28 locations throughout the US, the network at Spring Hills has a strong support system that can connect you with your fellow associates. In addition, follow our social media channels like LinkedIn, to stay updated on out latest business endeavors.
5. Review and improve your LinkedIn profile
Speaking of LinkedIn, take the time to review your profile. Don’t have one? Create one. In the professional world, LinkedIn is crucial to your overall personal brand. Just like your resume, you need to keep the information, tone, and look of it up to date.
Sign up to follow one relevant blog
There is a world of free information, insider tips, and great motivational writers online. Find a blog that you enjoy, whether it’s specific to your industry or just someone who puts a little pep in your step and sign up to follow it. Don’t know where to find one? Start with our Spring Hills blog for tips and tricks relevant to our company as well as advice for caring for your loved ones.
Find a work mentor
The right mentor can be a powerful tool to propel your career forward. Is there a person at your company — someone who is a step or two above you — who you highly respect? Don’t just look up to them. Ask if he or she is willing to be your work mentor. At Spring Hills we have a specific mentor program to help and assist in your career growth, ask your supervisor for more information.
Get a new professional headshot
If you cringe every time you look at your profile photo, then consider the new year to be a great time to invest in a new one. Depending on your career goals and the type of company culture you like best, your profile photo may be casual or professional in its nature. Most importantly, you want a picture that truly represents who you are both personally and professionally.
Measure your work-life balance
We all hear about work-life balance, but how do you measure it? The first step is deciding that you want to see where you are at. In order to reduce work-related stress, especially from a poor work-life balance, you should determine when you will be connected and when you will unplug.
Clean out your email inbox
Just like that file cabinet, your email inbox is probably flooded with old, useless emails. But there are also some in there you can’t lose. Organize your email files, sort those emails, and delete what doesn’t need to be there anymore. You’ll feel a little bit lighter every time you log in.
Spring Hills is well positioned to lead the way in the future of healthcare. 2021 will be a year of excellence and integration of all Spring Hills care and services. We will be the provider of choice in our Assisted Living, Home Care, Post Acute, Population Health Services, and our newest endeavor Management Services Organization. “We are excited, focused, and ready” says Unanda Bell, VP of HR and Talent Management at Spring Hills.
Our wish this year for you and your family is a quote from Melony Beattie, “The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” Write well my friend. Best wishes for a bright new year in your career!