Dyson College Psychology Professor Offers 3 New Year’s Resolutions for the Office

New Year’s resolutions can be difficult to keep, but here are three to strive for that will make a difference around the office in 1999: · Think and talk positively in the new year “Nothing damages morale of management and workers as readily as negativity,” says Richard Wessler, a psychology professor at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y.

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NEW YORK – New Year’s resolutions can be difficult to keep, but here are three
to strive for that will make a difference around the office in 1999:

· Think and talk positively in the new year
“Nothing damages morale of management and workers as readily as negativity,” says
Richard Wessler, a psychology professor at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y.
“A positive outlook influences everyone to think and feel that way too.” Many people
do not realize that optimism is a choice Wessler says. Tackle tough tasks and office
problems after a positive outlook is in place.

· Resolve to work toward harmony in the workplace
“Make sure that everyone gets fair and equal treatment. Employees who feel short-changed
often unconsciously try to even the score,” Wessler says. Your job as boss is to make people
feel wanted, appreciated and productive.

· Try something new
“Remind yourself that this is a new year and a good time for a fresh start. Changes do not
have to be big in order to be psychologically refreshing,” Wessler says. Something as small
as turning your desk in a new direction or changing the pictures on the wall will do. Break
out of familiar patterns, try changing your lunch hour or wearing something new.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester
County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in
the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and
Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the
World Trade Institute.

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