February 12th, 2016
Credit: The following is an excerpt from the SBOT’s BUSINESS in SURREY (February & March 2016)
The Surrey Board of Trade works hard to advocate on behalf of the needs of our members and the business community of Surrey. Our 400 hard-working volunteers review issues and challenges that affect businesses and the economic potential of Surrey. Our teams, along with staff, proactively research and identify critical concerns and develop policy positions and advocacy statements.
Our best volunteers are our members. Let us know what concerns you have and consider joining one of the advocacy teams. Read on to find one that fits your knowledge and passion.
Chair: Debra Finlayson
Human capital, workplace development and labour legislation is vital to our new Global Economy. The Surrey Board of Trade recognizes their centrally positioned location within a high labour growth region and believes that providing sound workforce development and integration is a necessary economic strategy for businesses in Surrey. The Mentoring Action Group (MAG), a team within the HRAT, is developing a Mentoring Program to be launched in [May of] 2016 based on enhancing Essential Skills (ES) as a direct response to the ‘job ready’ appeals of local and member businesses. Contact Anne@businessinsurrey.com
January 26th, 2016
2016 Planning & Goal Setting Tips
Author: Laurie Caldi, CHRP, HR Consultant
This past holiday season, I kept hearing John Lennon ask, “And what have you done? Another year older, and a new one just begun.” So it feels like the perfect time to talk about what we want to accomplish as we turn the calendar to 2016.
It helps to think of the end results first. Goal setting is usually a mandatory (though often dreaded) process in the workplace, but what about all the other aspirations we have both personally and professionally? If you want to look back on 2016 as a year full of accomplishments and personal bests, give the following approach a try.
A former boss once shared her annual ritual with me and I’ve carried on the tradition ever since. Book an overnight retreat for yourself or for you and your partner. Find somewhere quiet away from all of the day-to-day interruptions. The purpose? To get away from life’s busy distractions and focus on writing down all of your goals for the coming year. Remember, if you’re doing this with a partner, a great partnership is more than just companionship, it’s about challenging one another and helping to bring out the best in each other. Think about goals for all aspects of your life – fitness goals, trips you want to take, roles you covet, how you want to give back, professional aspirations, new skills to acquire, saving targets, etc. Don’t impose any boundaries, just anything and everything you want to achieve.
Once you’ve “brain dumped” all of your ideas, make them SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timebound). I know, I know we’ve overdosed on “SMART” goals, but like Maslow’s needs, tell us enough times and it eventually sticks! J It’s important to add a column for timing and add the month or quarter for each goal, and gradually, it starts to shape how the coming year can unfold for you.
Remember: you start by focusing on the end game. It’s not unlike a process my teacher once guided me through in high school, when he asked us to write our own eulogy. What do you want to achieve and what do you want to be known for? Time is fleeting and how much of it any of us have is the big unknown. What will you do with your time?
So, instead of making resolutions (that usually fizzle before Cupid shoots his arrow), take some time and steal away to build this year’s goals. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we set our minds to it. The key is allowing ourselves the space and focus to imagine what you truly want to achieve. A year is the perfect span of time to really make a dent in new quests and adventures, and hopefully you’ll have some fun doing it. Then, 365 days later, get ready to review your progress next year end at a similar reenergizing getaway.