Hobbies aren't just for the idle. Research has time and again proven that pursuing your passions in a hobby can help an individual in various aspects of his or her life.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, says that he learnt more from a hobby than he did at Harvard. In fact, he has made learning about a candidate's hobby outside of their job a common interview question at Facebook, which he explains is a reflection of a person's passion and leadership.
While you may pursue hobbies out of your workplace, these passions can also build core skills, grow your network, give you different perspectives, improve your health, re-energise you, and so much more, which all lend towards becoming a better and more productive employee.
Here are hobbies you can consider pursuing in the new year, that can also build up key skills that may improve various facets of your professional life.