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Why not treat your staff like kindergartners?

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young workerTeachers are some of the first “managers” people ever encounter. They organize each day to get maximum results from their charges and encounter a variety of motivation levels, aptitudes and communication challenges along the way. (Sound like your office?) In honor of back-to-school season, here are five ideas worth borrowing from teachers for your own workplace:

Make expectations known

“K-12 teachers often start the year by announcing classroom rules, college professors hand out a syllabus, and institutions give out student handbooks. All of these ideas share the same unifying theme: laying out the ‘law of the land’ so that people know what’s expected of them,” says Karen Southall Watts, an instructor at Bellingham Technical College and author of Messenger: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Communication.

Acts such as establishing ground rules for meetings and providing new employees with a handbook serve the same purpose. As Watt...(register to read more)

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