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.