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It’s that time of year. There may be people in your life making resolutions and there may be those who profess, “I don’t believe in ‘New Year’s Resolutions!’. However, after the year we’ve all had collectively I believe January is a good time to reset to find the balance that matters to get this year off to a great start.

The right mind-set starts with goal naming., so I’m going to change it up a bit however, instead of making “New Year’s Resolutions,” let’s be intentional and call them “Whole Year Resolutions.”

Here are 4 Whole Year Resolutions, or tips, for a better work-life Balance:


1. Heal Thyself. You can’t fix what you don’t face.

Admit to yourself and one other person where you’re unbalanced or burned out. Practice this all year.

Burnout is a drain on all aspects of life: personal, family, and work. In 2021 Gallup surveys indicated that Manager burnout is getting worse as work-life imbalance continues to heavily impact them. And while burnout has not increased for individual contributors, it hasn’t decreased either (76% of employees report feeling burned out at least sometimes), and last year was a record year for quit rates, so much so it has been called “The Great Resignation.”

Where do you fall in burnout? Do you know what’s causing it?

If you need help identifying your burnout, click here to take this quick inventory.

2. Do No Harm. Remember, put your oxygen mask on 1st.

Take care of one area in your life you have neglected.

We’ve all seen the TV medical dramas and we’ve heard the oath doctor’s and nurses take to “do no harm.” It’s their number one responsibility. I believe we ALL have an ethical responsibility to beat burnout and the best way is self-care. When we allow burnout to remain in our lives, we harm not only ourselves, but the people we live and work with.

3. Boost Morale. Treat others the way they want to be treated.

Show daily gratitude to others in your work life.

Dr. Robert Emmons, the father of gratitude, said, “Gratitude empowers us to take charge of our emotional lives and, as a consequence, our bodies reap the benefits.”

Burnout is both an emotional and physical aspect of work-life balance. Expressing gratitude to others can help balance both of those.

It’s easy to take the time to show small pieces of gratitude. Try sharing written or verbal thank-yous with caring professionals in your life. You never know the impact you will make, but I can promise it will be a great one for you and them.

“Gratitude empowers us to take charge of our emotional lives and, as a consequence, our bodies reap the benefits.”

4. Connect More. Work is like family.

Take the time to get to know your work family.

I can introduce a stranger to my wife or son, and even grand children with ease. I can share what makes them smile and what frustrates them. Can you do this with your co-workers?

Some of us spend most of our days with our co-workers and in some cases that’s more hours in a day than we spend with our family. Taking the time to get to know their strengths, likes and even dislikes help build the connections we need to balance our lives when we are at work.

A great way to do this is to treat a co-worker to lunch, and try talking about things other than work.

One Last Thing for Better Work-Life Balance

Custom graphic. Bar chart showing how engagement, strengths and wellbeing affect Japanese employees. 43% of those with no strengths culture, low engagement and low wellbeing are highly stressed, compared with 1% of those with a strong strengths culture, high engagement and high wellbeing.Lately its clear, burnout is nearly inescapable and it’s taking a bite out of our work-life balance. However, there is one solution I know can make a positive impact for you and your teams.

Knowing your strengths, using your strengths, and leading with your strengths!

In 2017 Gallup study, employees had a 43% chance of having high stress when working in an organization with no strengths culture. However, when a strong strengths culture was present, there was only a 5% chance of high stress. While this doesn’t mean stress is nearly non-existent when strengths are utilized, it does mean anxiety and stress is most definitely higher when they are not.

If you want to know how to engage your employees and reduce burnout, download my Workplace Training Brochure. 

Happy New Year!

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