Healthy workplace environments offer both owed respect and earned respect -- the basic good treatment of other human beings and the acknowledgement of a job well done -- to keep staff happy and productive. Prioritizing owed respect over earned respect can damage employee motivation, while the reverse can promote unhealthy levels of competition.
City officials in Stockton, Calif., are collaborating with the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition and the Economic Security Project to test an 18-month initiative to provide 100 residents with a $500 monthly basic income. The project, which will test the effect of a guaranteed income on quality of life, is expected to start early next year.
City council members in Edmonton, Alberta, have approved the extension of city manager Linda Cochrane's contract to the fall of 2020. The mayor's office says Cochrane's extended contract will allow her to continue work on improving workplace safety and culture for city employees.
Kalamazoo, Mich., has hosted community picnics, surveys and open houses as part of its efforts to understand residents' parks and recreation needs. One such meeting resulted in architectural drawings for the public to view and comment on.
The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has pledged $1 million to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, advancing its goal to revitalize Buffalo, N.Y., parks and trails. "We're trying to find out how to be a catalyst and really have an impact in the community," says the organization's JJ Tighe.
The Keene Parks and Recreation Department in New Hampshire created webpages with an inventory of trails, photo galleries and an interactive map displaying parks, playgrounds and sports fields. The department used Facebook to tell residents about the website.
The Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Department in Georgia is inviting park visitors to seek out dinosaur statues within parks and use the hashtag #MeetMeAtThePark as part of National Parks and Recreation Month. Information on the dinosaurs is also being posted on Facebook by the Gwinnett Parks Foundation.
Providing more information in various ways is important to the Deerfield Park District in Illinois, which has five Facebook pages along with Instagram and Twitter accounts.
The growing tax base in Waco, Texas, will allow the city to invest in necessary street improvements. "I think we've worked with the council really well to start moving some more resources toward infrastructure, particularly streets, which is important to our council and all of our citizens," says city manager Wiley Stem III.
Officials from the city of Columbus, Neb., and Platte County have announced plans for a Joint Communications Center to improve services to both city and county residents. The city will provide facilities and fund initial costs, while the county will supply equipment and contribute to ongoing operating costs.
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