Your 2022 End Of Year ReviewPublié le 28 December 2022
There are 11 important questions to ask yourself as part of your 2022 End Of Year Review, and the answers will help you succeed in the next 12 months.
As the year ends, it’s time to take stock of the past 12 months. For working professionals and business owners, taking the time to review the successes and challenges of 2022 will help you prepare for the new year. There are 11 important questions you need to ask yourself as part of your 2022 End Of Year Review.
Your 2022 End Of Year Review
- Did You Reach Your Goals?
- If Not, Why?
- Did You Set Your Aim High Enough?
- Have The Needs Of Your Customers Changed?
- What Surprised You?
- Should It Have Surprised You?
- Are Your Employees Happy?
- Does Their Work Reflect This?
- What Can You Do To Improve The Workplace?
- What Can You Do To Make Employees Stay
- What Will You Learn From This Year?
Did You Reach Your Goals?
This is the time to go back and look at the professional goals you set for yourself at the start of 2022. Go through them one by one and determine if you achieved them. It’s important to review both large and small goals, as they can equally play a part in your continued success. If your goal was to get promoted or get a salary increase and you achieved this, this is a great accomplishment. If your goal was to complete one new learning course per semester, for example, this should also be celebrated as part of your 2022 end of year review.
If Not, Why?
Business and professional life is not without challenges. It is unlikely that you will achieve all the goals you set for yourself at the start of the year. For any goal you did not achieve, this is the time to make brutally honest appraisal of the reasons why. If there were challenges that were beyond your control, break them down into smaller elements and learn whatever you can. If you did not achieve a goal because you were not prepared to take the required steps, you can now implement it in the new year. If you made a big prediction that turned out to be inaccurate, review what led you to these conclusions and compare them to the actual results. This will help you refine your predictions in the new year.
Did You Set Your Aim High Enough?
When performing your 2022 end of year review, you might realize that you’ve achieved all the goals you set for yourself this year. First of all, congratulations! Now if you’re looking to be honest with yourself, this could be a sign that you need to set your professional goals a little bit higher. If you set goals about sales numbers or audience growth that you achieved back in the fall, it means that you are doing something very right. You should set even bigger goals for yourself and refine your process even further for the new year.
Have The Needs Of Your Customers Changed?
The most important way to achieve your business goals is to make sure that you are meeting the needs of your customers and clients. Whether you are a B2C or B2B business, you need to review your clients and determine if their needs will change in the new year. If you noticed that you have experienced a dip in sales, audience growth or other metrics, it is possible that the goals of your goals have already changed. In this case, now is the time to pivot and create new strategies that will appeal to the client base.
What Surprised You?
Forecasting the coming year is an important part of setting your business goals for the next 12 months. However, it’s impossible to predict everything that will happen in your job sector and industry. By taking the time to go over what surprised you during 2022 as part of your end of year review, it provides the chance to analyze the challenging scenarios you faced. You can review the actions you took to adapt and see if they were successful or not. If you conclude that you should have taken a different business approach, you will be more prepared if a comparable situation occurs again.
Should It Have Surprised You?
Part of analyzing the business challenges you faced this year is determining these should have surprised. Were there signs or indications that you overlooked? Did you fail to prepare as well as you should have? Did you stick to an ineffectual strategy even after it became apparent that it was not working? These are not fun questions to ask, but the only way to truly fail from a challenge is to fail to learn from it. This will help you learn valuable information and adjust your plans and strategies for the future.
Are Your Employees Satisfied?
Businesses succeed or fail based on their employees. Without their hard work and efforts, no business can grow and reach its goals. The best employees are those satisfied with their role and the workplace. This means that they know they have the support, resources, and the work environment to reach their highest potential. Steps you can take to ensure your employees are satisfied include asking them for their needs and expectations and working to meet these to the best of your ability. This can include everything from maintaining a good relationship with management and ensuring they have a voice in the decision-making process, to providing tangible benefits like paid time off and health care coverage in order to maintain their physical and mental well-being.
Does Their Work Reflect This?
If your employees have the resources and support they need but this satisfaction is not appearing in their work, it means that they are not feeling engaged by their jobs. Of course, not every moment of every job is going to be the most exciting ever, but this is not what true employee engagement means. Engaged employees are those who understand that they play a vital role in the organization and feel that they have a voice and impact in moving the business forward. When employees know their input will lead to actionable workplace changes, they will be more likely to feel engaged in their role daily.
What Can You Do To Improve The Workflow?
If there is one thing that the past few years have taught us, it’s that adaptability is the key to success. If your business is not growing the way it should, you need to consider revamping the way you go about daily operations. For many companies, this has meant pivoting from in-person workplaces to remote and hybrid working arrangements, fully embracing the digital side of their business, and creating a virtual work environment that facilitates collaboration and support. If you have been stuck in traditional ways of thinking, now is the time to change.
What Can You Do To Make Employees Stay?
Employee turnover and retention rates have fluctuated wildly over the past two years. Many people are embracing the new opportunities provided by remote work jobs, while big layoffs in traditionally strong sectors have shown people that their job may not be as secure as they would hope. The success of your business rests on your ability to hire and retain the most qualified employees. Retaining the best employees often involves giving them room to grow and evolve within the company, even over more tangible rewards such as increased salary. While it is impossible to retain every single employee forever, ensuring that they see a clear career path that rewards their achievements and supports their own growth will make it far more likely to stay long term.
This is the perfect time to complete your 2022 end of year review. By knowing what you achieved this year, it will put you on track for continued growth and success in 2023.