This is not a post about a new fad diet or super drug to help you lose weight this year.    This is about urging leaders to think about creating healthy organizations.  

Yes, as a leader, you can lead your team, department, division, or whole company thrive in a healthy, sustainable way in 2024.  It’s going to be a great year, but one of continued organizational opportunities, challenges, and learning.   Planning is slow. It takes time from the usual to reflect, imagine, listen, and then write it down.  

Here is the Great Workplaces 2024 Top 5 Guide to start the planning to ensure you have a plan for a “Prosperous New Year”. 

  1. Create innovation moments. Expect new ideas and differing approaches to work to emerge. When the ideas come up, allow others to ask questions about the perspective, or play it out in possible scenarios. This seems like a slow painful exercise and a waste of time, but these ideas or nuggets of “what if” should be heard out. Patience to consider these ideas is golden for enhancing employee engagement, but also drives innovation. Companies tend to speed by the ideas for the sake of being fast but the impatience for a quick fix rarely lasts. Allow ideas to marinate.
  2. Change smartly. You may be a new leader and there seems to be a lot to change.  Computer systems, organizational structures, performance measures, and strategies may all need an upgrade. But you cannot do everything at once. Gain alignment with executive leadership or your board and categorize major bodies of change that align to the brand, mission, or strategy. Installing too many change projects at once, without proper resources and leadership will quickly backfire, and create more conflict, inefficiency, and low productivity.
  3. Expect Conflict. Remember my Thanksgiving post? We live in a very exciting but volatile time.  Your new employees, current employees and especially Gen Y, Z, etc. have many needs and perspectives many of us do not understand. Expect to have disagreement and fervent discussion – a lot.  Have a plan for when it arises.   Does your team need more skills in managing conflict and providing mediation?
  4. Make budgets transparent. Have a good budgeting process. If you have a current budget, ensure managers and supervisors have access to the budget and they know where they stand.   This allows managers autonomy to use available funds smartly.   If you do not have a budget, create one, with input from a variety of management and team member levels, and show managers how to manage the finances throughout the year.  This creates organizational accountability and responsibility that is dispersed.
  5. Organize learning transfer. In addition to your ongoing skill and leadership training events, coaching, and documenting good procedures, plan for the transfer of knowledge with job changes and retirements.   People are moving quicker out of roles and retirements will be coming.   How are those experienced workers creating lasting legacies, sharing some of the unwritten organizational mysteries, and preparing younger professionals to take up responsibility?  Here’s where in-office collaboration and mentoring matter.  What will be your organizational process to share what long term employees know?

These are 5 that come to mind from our recent experiences.  I just read Gartner’s 9 organizational trends for 2024. Did you read it?   See it here.  I am sure there are many more habits your organization may be focusing on this year.   How will you plan to use good organizational practices? Share with us!

Happy 2024! Stay organizationally healthy and create great places to work this year.