Respect In the Workplace

“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.

Promote a Healthy Work Environment

How is the mood at your workplace? Does the environment lack a jump, maybe some energy is missing in the air? Sometimes through complacency comes lack of motivation that can lead to discontent. Possibly a healthy change can help?

Here are 6 tips for starters:

1-Give the employees who work on a computer a hands and wrists break every 30-40 minutes.

2-Ensure healthy beverages and food are available within the workplace.
3-Suggest an outdoor walking meeting (walk and talk).
4-Promote health via memos and bulletin boards etc.
5-Set up a plan through a local health club.
6-Encourage employees to move more.*

*With motion and activity comes the risk of injury. Learn some preventative measures at Ergonomic Resource.

With a healthier environment, a positive more productive workplace is sure to follow!

Remember to lead by example!