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9 HR New Year’s Resolutions to Make 2020 Your District’s Best Year Yet

Human Resources

In a school district, “New Year’s resolution” is bit of a misnomer. With the school year in full swing, any resolutions for the new calendar year are really “mid-year’s resolutions.”

So if you’re someone who doesn’t love New Year’s resolutions, you’re in luck. Because they’re not really New Year’s resolutions at all. With these mid-year’s resolutions, you get the best of both worlds: the opportunity to reset so that you can finish the school year strong and the opportunity to make the new year different from the start so that by the time September 2020 rolls around, you’ve already made progress toward your goals.

Let’s start by making better New Year’s resolutions.

Why Most New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Resolutions are always made with the best intentions. You have something you want to do differently, and probably should have been doing differently the whole time. But it’s hard to change a habit or create a new one. That’s why most New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside by February: life happens, new routines haven’t had a chance to form and you eventually forget that you made the resolution in the first place.

It’s the entire philosophy behind gyms offering great deals on memberships: they expect people to use the fitness center for a few weeks, but then attendance will drop back to its usual levels. Since the gym gets to keep your membership subscription for the year, they’re pretty satisfied with the whole arrangement.

So — will the new year be an uplifting new chapter, or the same old story? It’s up to you.

Let’s Do Things Differently

When you’re regularly reminded of your resolutions, you’re more likely to keep them. So, we’ve put together a guide to New Year’s resolutions, made just for Human Resources professionals in K-12. These  resolutions can help your school district succeed, and we’ll remind you of them throughout the year.

You’ll also get tips, tricks and a whole host of resources to help you achieve each goal and get ahead.

It’s even better than a gym membership. (Plus, it’s free!)

HR’s New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Set aside some learning time of your own.
  2. Have all teacher vacancies filled by the start of the school year.
  3. Commit to using district data more strategically.
  4. Spend fewer evenings at work.
  5. Re-engage substitute teachers.
  6. Provide a better applicant experience
  7. Work more closely with colleagues in other departments
  8. Re-evaluate the district’s approach to professional development

Hindsight is 2020. In December 2020 when you’re looking back at the past year, make sure you can look back and be proud of all that you’ve accomplished.

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Annie GrunwellAnnie Buttner

Annie is a writer and part of the award-winning content team at Frontline Education. She's passionate about learning, exploring data and sharing knowledge. Her specialties include substitute management, the K-12 staffing shortage, and best practices in human capital management.