Looking Back, Moving Forward in 2022 and Beyond

It is said that January is named after Janus, the Roman of new beginnings and transitions, hence his depiction of having two faces – one looking forward, one looking back. The past year was indeed another challenging set of months, to say the least, for us in the workplace. Adjustments and transitions from work and communication setups still dominated 2021. Nevertheless, organizations have found ways to survive and dare I say – thrive despite the lingering uncertainty that the past year has brought. 

Here are some resolutions that we might want to consider as we look back and look forward to a more productive and meaningful year in the workplace. 

Communication with Action – There’s a reason why one-way communication devices or methods became obsolete – they proved to be inefficient. If the trend continues, 2022 would be another year centered on remote and/or hybrid work setups and hence, proper and proactive communication among employees will be crucial. It is important to make one’s self-clear and specific in conveying one’s message so all parties will know exactly what to do.

Be Grate-Full – In our previous articles, we’ve emphasized time and time again how being thankful or appreciative to even the smallest of gestures can get a long way in enhancing and boosting an organization’s overall morale and productivity. While it may sound simple and easy, being consistent in having an attitude of gratitude is a conscious effort especially when things get challenging at times. 

Go with the Flow – We need to learn more when it comes to becoming flexible as we go with the tide of uncertainty. If there’s anything that the past two years have taught us, it is that nothing is permanent and that we need to be more open and innovative as changes come along our way..  As the great Bruce Lee once said, “Be water, my friend”.

About the author

A business development and marketing professional, Mark’s decade-long experience spans locally and internationally across various industries including stints with multinational companies in the Philippines and technology start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area.