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9 HR New Year’s Resolutions to Make 2019 Your District’s Best Year Yet

Human Resources

New Year’s Resolutions — you either love them or you hate them.

But the fact is, you make resolutions on New Year’s Eve because you want to achieve certain things. Some say that if you want to make a change, you should just make it: no waiting for a reason or excuse. They’re right. But making a New Year’s resolution helps you define your goals and gives you the opportunity to make the new year different, right from the get-go.

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. We’ve provided 9 specific resolutions you can make to help your school district succeed, and we’ll remind you of them throughout the year.

And beyond that, you’ll 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

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


Annie GrunwellAnnie Grunwell

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 teacher shortage and best practices in human capital management.