8. Build a Workplace on a Foundation of Respect

Even the most casual observer can see that people work very well in an atmosphere of high camaraderie, where there is a genuine “nice-ness” to the work environment. People also seem to thrive and succeed in an atmosphere that fosters respect for the person. Moreover, humans need to “belong,” and the need to satisfy individual social needs has gravitated to the workplace. Consciously or unconsciously, employees now place a great deal of importance on how the workplace makes them feel about themselves as they go about their daily tasks. Indeed, there is a high expectation of the value of social networking in the workplace. So, it logically follows that the quality of a workplace’s social network plays ...

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