“This year I’ll be a better supervisor, really get to know my staff; maybe even read the handbook.” Sound familiar? If you are planning on changing your behavior, be fair and let your staff know your plans.
The New Year is the perfect time to establish new expectations. If your new expectations include changing the way you manage, let your team in on it. If you plan to stick to the rules in 2017 or emphasize teamwork, let people know and establish when the new clock starts. It is not fair to change the way you are going to look at your workplace until everyone knows the rules have changed. Likewise, if your new view of the rules starts Jan. 1, you cannot enforce what happened last year. Everyone gets a fresh start and a heads up.