Goal #1 for 2018 – Define Civility

By Douglas Weinstein
Published on: January 5, 2018

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Rampant incivility within organizations is on the rise. Many employees experience rude behavior from their fellow team members, or public shaming by ineffective management – and this kills culture. Here are just two key tips to keep in mind as you set your 2018 corporate goals as it relates to civility in the workplace:

Define civility. Begin the conversation amongst your team members about what civility means and how you plan to garner support and hold people accountable. Establish clear and specific principles you want every team member to follow. ‘Treat others as you would have them treat you.’

Set expectations. Everything starts with the interview process – this is your first and best opportunity to state your values as a company. You’ll need to reinforce these values on an ongoing basis, as part of the company’s greater corporate culture. Creating a positive workplace environment should be discussed regularly at meetings and events. It should be a major part of your recognition and reward program.

Read the article I linked to at the opening. It’s chock-full of valuable information. Get 2018 off to a flying start by letting your people know you plan on having a great workplace, where rudeness and public shaming is no longer tolerated.

Douglas Weinstein

Douglas Weinstein

Doug is the managing editor and co-founder of the Technology Insider Group. He is also the executive editor of the forthcoming Technology Designer Magazine, that debuts January 2019. Previously, he was the co-founder and Executive Director of the Elf Foundation, a non-profit organization that created Room of Magic entertainment theaters in children's hospitals across North America.

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