Bosses who want to cultivate open and trusting relationships with their workers should get into the habit of holding one-on-one meetings, writes Mary Schaefer. Regular face-time lets you rehearse your relationship in a safe space, laying a foundation for higher-stakes interactions, Schaefer writes. "You get to practice being open with each other. Then, when one of you has a difficult message to deliver there's less room for misunderstanding or defensiveness," she writes.

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