Planning for the New Year May Seem Difficult – Here are Some Tips for Managers

As the new year approaches, it is a good time for managers to step back, look ahead and begin planning for the upcoming year. Managers need to take the time to evaluate how things are going and determine what direction they want to go. Managers need to establish expectations for their team. Here are a few tips for doing this.

4 Tips For Managers

1. Review the past year.

The first step you as a manager need to take is looking back over the past year and assessing how things went during that time. You should think about what went well, where you can make improvements, how actual productivity compared to your goals, what happened that was unexpected, how individual employees performed, and what you could have done differently.
You should take this time to do a self-evaluation as well. How well do you think you performed as a manager? Are you satisfied with your accomplishments over the past year or do you feel that you fell short?

2. Do a SWOT Evaluation

SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. You and your workers should meet to analyze these four performance categories. Then you can use the results of this examination to help you plan where you need to make changes and improvements in order to shore up your weaknesses, fend off threats, and make the most of your strengths and opportunities.

3. Make change

After going through steps one and two, you should have a pretty good idea of areas where you need to make changes. The change may involve instituting a new practice or procedure, or it may involve eliminating something that is no longer adding value.
These changes may, for example, cover things like the frequency of individual meetings with employees, addressing performance problems, staff meetings, reviewing knowledge gained, project review processes, marketing, budget planning or organizational framework.

4. Set Goals

This is also the time to set goals for the new year.
Too often, managers make goals that are irrelevant or insignificant. They need to be meaningful and support the overall mission and strategy of the company. Goals should also follow the SMART model. They should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely.

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