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Are you treating employees like adults?

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The supervisor/employee relationship can take on many different forms, including parent/child, teacher/student, drill sergeant/private, zookeeper/rhinoceros, and so on.

The most effective form, however, is also the simplest and most accurate: adult-to-adult.

Giving workers the respect and responsibility they deserve as adults helps them—and you—keep developing new abilities.

Here’s a quick way to see if your attitudes and procedures are helping you maintain adult-to-adult relationships with employees.

For each statement, check either  “Good” or  “Needs Work.”

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If you “Need Work” on an item or two, though, don’t worry. Just look for more opportunities to let your people take advantage of their own knowledge and experience.

The more of themselves your employees are able to put into their work, the better they perform—and the better you look as a supervisor.

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