3 Resolutions That Can Benefit Everyone in the Workplace This Year

Are you writing your resolutions for the new year? It’s an exercise I enjoy, mostly to get my thoughts down on paper.

In a quick post for today, here are three resolutions that can benefit everyone you encounter in the workplace.

  1. Stop merely telling employees what to do and how to behave. Instead, show them, and encourage them to show each other.
  2. Give employees a voice. Don’t stop at showing employees what you want. Put them in the driver’s seat by encouraging them to recognize and reward each other for achieving your objectives while demonstrating your core values.
  3. Say thank you. It really is that simple. Take a moment to notice and appreciate the good work of those around you. Tell them how their efforts and achievements benefited you, the team, the company or the customers. Knowing our work matters makes a difference. So tell someone how their work matters every day.

My best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful New Year.

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You can find more from Derek Irvine on his Recognize This! blog.

Derek Irvine is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their company culture. As the Vice President of Client Strategy and Consulting at Globoforce, Derek helps clients — including some of world’s most admired companies such as Proctor and Gamble, Intuit, KPMG, and Thomson Reuters — leverage recognition strategies and best practices to better manage company culture, elevate employee engagement, increase retention, and improve the bottom line. He's also a renowned speaker and co-author of Winning with a Culture of Recognition. Contact him at irvine@globoforce.com.

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1 Comment on “3 Resolutions That Can Benefit Everyone in the Workplace This Year

  1. In his book, The Achieving Society, David McClelland states the only way to change culture us to tell stories of achievement. It is not the employees’ responsibility to show each other how to behave. It is management’s responsibility. The reason management does not want to do this is because it makes them look incompetent.

    Every organization should have a wall of success stories for employees to read and learn. Unfortunately, most likely everyone reading this does not have stories of achievement posted for employes to learn. You believe learning means you have done a bad job.

    David McClelland wrote his book over fifty years ago. No one listened. Deming was right. 90% of problems are created by management. The trend continues.

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