Ask anyone in your workplace what treatment they most want at work. They will likely top their list with the desire to be treated with dignity and respect.
Everybody needs a little respect. You know when you have respect. You know when you don’t. But what is respect really, And, how is respect demonstrated at work.
You can demonstrate respect with simple, yet powerful actions. These ideas will help you avoid needless, insensitive, unmeant disrespect, too.
- Treat people with courtesy, politeness and kindness
- Encourage coworkers to express opinions and ideas
- Listen to what others have to say before expressing your viewpoint. Never speak over or cut off another person.
- Use people’s ideas to change or improve work. Let employees know you used their idea or better yet, encourage the person with the idea to implement the idea.
- Never insult people, name call, disparage or put down people or their ideas.
- Treat people the same no matter their race, religion, gender, size, age or country of origin. Implement policies and procedures consistently so people feel that they are treated fairly and equally. Treating people differently can constitute harassment or a hostile work environment.
- Praise much more frequently than you criticize. Encourage praise and recognition from employee to employee.