Workers Not Making Job-Related New Year's Resolutions, Survey Shows

MENLO PARK, CA -- Whether it’s the improving economy or that they are more concerned with bettering their health, professionals are not thinking about their jobs when making New Year’s resolutions, a new survey shows. Fifty-five percent reported they never make a career-focused New Year’s resolution and 85 percent said they did not make one last year.

The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 525 men and women aged 18 years or older and employed in professional environments.

Workers were asked, “How often are your New Year’s resolutions career related?” Their responses:

Always 3%
Often 7%
Sometimes 18%
Once in a while 15%
Never 55%
Don't know/no answer     2%

 Survey respondents were also asked, “Did you make career resolutions last year?” Their responses:

Yes 14%
No 85%
Don't know/no answer     1%

“Many people focus their New Year’s resolutions on ways to spend more time with loved ones or make other quality-of-life improvements,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies® (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). “But work also contributes to one’s overall well-being, which makes this time of year ideal for re-evaluating career aspirations and developing detailed plans for achieving them.”

Messmer offers the following suggestions for developing career-focused New Year’s resolutions:

  • Reassess your objectives. Have your professional goals changed within the last year? Are new opportunities now available to you that previously were not?
  • Evaluate your marketability. Do your skills require updating? Consider training in areas such as leadership, public speaking and interpersonal communication.
  • Study trends. What are the growing industries and practice areas and which would be of most interest to you? Do you expect these trends to shift during the next 12 months?
  • Set realistic objectives. Allow yourself stretch goals, but make sure they are attainable. Establish a timeline for achieving your goals and reward yourself when you reach important milestones.

Accountemps has more than 330 offices throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and offers online job search services at

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