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Develop a positive workplace in 2017

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Here is a checklist with a dozen actions a manager can adopt to drastically improve working relationships with employees.

We won’t call them New Year’s resolutions (those vows are often broken by midspring).

Let’s just call it an achievable to-do list for the new year:

1. I know the first names of all my employees, and I use their names when I communicate with them.

2. I say hello to everyone every day.

3. I am able to smile in the morning.

4. I know at least one outside interest of each employee and am often willing to chat with them about it.

5. I can listen without giving condescending advice.

6. I welcome my employees when they come to me with problems, concerns or questions.

7. I seek input from everyone and cheerfully encourage them to contribute ideas.

8. I can keep calm when things go wrong.

9. When I correct employees, I make sure they understand the “why” behind it.

10. I give praise to at least one person each day when deserved.

11. I support my work group and recognize any effort.

12. I leave work each day knowing that my employees would say that I worked just as hard or harder than they did, and that I treated everyone fairly.

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