Workplace resolutions for 2020 | The Daily Star
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Workplace resolutions for 2020

Curb the whining

Not everything went your way last year – this year won’t be any different. Instead of acting up on every little noise, learn to look past them. Unnecessary and excessive complaining will only add to the negative energy in your life. So do yourself a favour and learn to care less about things that aren’t killing you.  You’ll be surprised at how this simple habit increases your productivity levels.

Say no to gossip

You know what they say – if they’re speaking ill about someone to you, they’ll be speaking ill about you to someone else. Refuse to contribute to this toxic cycle. The first step towards doing that is to be more open-minded. Grow empathy about why someone acted the way they did. If something they did really bothered you, go talk to them instead of talking behind their backs.

Don’t block constructive feedback

It’s understandable to be upset and demotivated when you are not getting the appreciation you think you deserve. However, it’s a bad attitude to always put yourself in a higher pedestal where you have internalised your work to be impeccable, untouchable and divine. You’ll only be blotching your learning curve if you’re adamant about only doing things the way you deem fit.

Don’t beat yourself up

Everyone’s lives are marked by mistakes that exist on a spectrum – professional lives are no exception to this. You couldn’t deliver your assignment the way you visualised, or your performance evaluation didn’t roll out the way you’d prefer, or something that you thought was a brilliant idea turned out to be counterproductive -  don’t let all that consume your sanity. You’re more than your mistakes and let this new year be a testament to that.


Adiba Arif completed her undergrad from IBA, University of Dhaka. Reach her at

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