2019 in Review: What Worked for You?
One of the best ways to prepare for the year ahead is to perform an end-of-year review. Taking a thorough look at what worked and what needs work can position you for a positive start in the new year – from evaluating how your personal work went to brand performance and security, we’ll review key content from 2019 to get you primed for 2020 and your best year ever. And to help with your future business planning, our 2020 calendars are here and ready to download for free.
Ready for 2020 Resolutions? Not so Fast…
There’s nothing like a new year to inspire fresh goals and plans. So now’s the perfect time for an end-of-year business planning review. Make sure foundations are solid before taking steps, however. For example, if you’re considering investing in new technology ask yourself what were your needs in 2019? Did you fall behind the digital curve? Before spending on new systems, read up and evaluate where you are in the Digital Transformation movement.
Reviewing Skills for Greater Performance
And while a lot rides on technology, your greatest asset remains people. You and your co-workers are the bedrock of success so evaluating performance – and your approach to supporting skills training – will inform your needs in the new year. Did you meet projected goals, and have the tools to get the job done? If skillsets were lacking, revisit Today’s Must Have Business Skills. Refreshing your take on how to be happier at work or how to provide a Happier and More Productive Workspace also helps keep things moving.
The Nuts and Bolts of Business
All the prep in the world will not guarantee success if your products and brand are not up to the test. Take a look at your sales throughout 2019 and review available analytics of your marketing efforts. How well did your inventory meet the needs of your customers? Did your marketing and brand materials perform? Creating and maintaining a personal or business brand takes diligence. Brush up now on how to Make Yourself and Your Business More Memorable to put your best foot forward next year. And remember, Xerox® Color Printers help you make a great first impression and easily handle all your daily office needs, too.
Are You Ready for a New Way to Work?
As you move through the more concrete aspects of your business blueprint for 2020, don’t forget to take the time to dream. Keeping tabs on creativity and your ability to Bring on the Innovation is the future of everything. Being open to how work is changing will also serve you well in 2020 and beyond. Xerox® ConnectKey® Technology enabled printers have ushered in a new era of working more creatively, saving time and resources so you can imagine more.
At least 50% of the US workforce will be working remotely by next year1 and the numbers will only increase. Plan for these changes and be ready to adapt by Working Smarter, Not Harder.
A Solid State of Security and Stewardship
How well did your security measures protect you this past year? An alarming 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses.2 Spot – and Stop – Today’s Biggest Security Threats to boost your knowledge and fortify your preventative measures.
Thinking green and efforts to recycle were once a feels-good mantra for business. But today, environmental stewardship is a directive with consumers craving responsible goods from companies that look beyond the making of a quick buck. Find out how you did with Sustainable Ways to Live and Work. What’s good for business, is also good for you – and critical for our planet.
Here’s to a Happy, Healthy and Stress-free New Year.
And finally, before you gear up for a new year, take some time to reflect on where you are right now. Remember what’s really important to you and keep your perspective healthy and balanced. Learning to Manage Your Work and Life Stressors will help with more than your bottom line – it will be your lifeline.
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2 Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)