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As 2018 is quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you can make sure your team is prepared for a successful year ahead. As a leader, it’s your responsibility to build a work environment that is conducive for both the personal and professional growth of your employees. Not only does this create a positive workplace culture, but allows for optimal productivity and performance. Each year, it’s best to take the time to re-evaluate the current state of your organization and identify opportunities in which you can make your workplace better.

Here are three ways in which you can set your team up for a successful new year:

Engage Your Employees in the Decision-Making Process

Many leaders often underestimate the powerful impact of involving all employees in the decision-making process. As you set goals and make decisions, consider engaging employees in a dialogue about what positive changes can be made to improve the way your organization functions. Involving employees in decision-making gives them a sense of ownership and responsibility for their actions and performance. It also empowers your employees, as they’ll feel greater job satisfaction and motivation when they make decisions that have a positive impact on the organization at large. Furthermore, when decisions don’t go as planned, they will have a greater understanding of why things didn’t work out and how to make them better.

Evaluate Productivity

With productivity naturally being a byproduct of how time is spent by your employees, it’s essential to re-evaluate how much time is spent on meetings, conference calls, and the like. One of the easiest ways to assess productivity is by implementing employee surveys. Getting your team’s feedback about their productivity will allow you to make adjustments that will have a positive impact on your bottom line and improve your operational efficiencies.

Enforce a Culture of Goodwill

What better way to get the new year off on the right start than by fostering a culture of goodwill and charity among your employees? Though most giving happens during the holiday season, consider making community service a year-round effort. This January, start providing opportunities for your employees to volunteer throughout the year and live out the values of your organization by giving back. This also creates a culture of team-building, as it encourages your employees to work together for the greater good of others.

One of the best ways to guarantee a successful new year is by giving your employees the tools to thrive and grow. By proactively planning ahead with the tips above, you can make 2018 the best year yet for your team.

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