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Respect In the Workplace

Posted by Mark Salinas on June 12, 2008

“All I want is some respect.”

Have you heard these words before? My bet is, we all have at least once or more. What types of conclusions do you make when looking at somebody, or when they look at you? Respect or disrespect is all about action or non-action. The feeling of respect towards another starts with our thoughts, and that is where we have an opportunity to increase the level of respect in our workplaces. If you want respect, give respect. To give respect, you have to take steps and be “Socially Aware” of your environment. Pay attention to judgments and thoughts that are ever evolving in your brain.

Try to avoid “labeling” individuals into groups: “Trusting, “Not Trusting,” “Competent” Incompetent.”

Try something positive:

Take on conversations with individuals you normally don’t converse with. “Take charge” and engage them in conversation. Ask for feedback and opinions of those you normally wouldn’t. This type of interaction should open some doors for more open dialogue.

If you are in a situation where someone’s hard work and efforts are being unrecognized, speak up for that individual. Always follow honesty and openness when creating and implementing employee policies.

If someone’s comments or behavior seems disrespectful, speak with him or her in a diplomatic manner.

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2 Responses to “Respect In the Workplace”

  1. Melissa said

    After reading Dealing With Divas, I learned and realized that I can change my own work enviornment. The lack of respect that other co-workers/bosses dish out sometimes have always been a brick wall for me mentally. It’s not that way anymore and I feel so much better about my job. Hope this helps!

  2. marksalinas said

    Thanks Melissa!

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