Workplaces are a reflection of society at large. Disrespectful behavior at work is a severe problem that is getting worse. According to an article published by Harvard Business Review, in a survey by Georgetown University of nearly 20,000 employees worldwide, respondents ranked ‘respect’ as the most important leadership behavior. Yet more and more employees report disrespectful and uncivil behavior each year, which affects their performance and job satisfaction.
Instead of this picture, we can still make a difference by adopting a positive work culture with core values. Here are eight tips that will help you to restore respect in the workplace by being proactive.
8 Tips To Master The Art Of Respect In The Workplace
1. Focus On How You Deliver Your Words.
People read your body language, voice tone, and your outer attitude in every interaction that you make. Every expression adds to the words that you speak. So, before you speak or act, consider that it will impact others. And by doing this, you will also earn the respect you deserve, quite easily.
2. Listen To Your Employees Actively.
“As a leader, you need to have a strong voice, and you need to know when it’s time to listen,” says Amy Jen Su, co-owner of Paravis Partners, an executive training and coaching firm.
You should try not to get distracted when your employees speak. The first thing you need here is the will to listen. Get a mindset that allows you to understand the value of listening skills in the workplace, especially if you are the manager. It improves communication and is a great way to show that they have a voice in their workplace.
Secondly, let’s not hurry and let your employee’s messages be delivered fully before you start your part. Third, verify and clarify what you say or hear. Avoid assumptions, and express your gratitude for the information (even if it is bad news).
At last, close the conversation with a closure summary and ‘what’s next?’ points.
3. Praise More, Criticize Less.
Constructive criticism is masterful, but praise strengthens the core of your employees. It’s a pretty simple concept that praise increases employee satisfaction and happiness. Here are a few tips to effective praising of your team members-
Here are a few tips to effective praising of your team members-
Make use of great rewards and recognition program, with genuine and authentic appreciation.
Get specific and tell them why you are praising them so that they can continue with their best efforts.
Appreciate them in public, doubling their motivation as well as making others strive for similar excellent performance, thus increasing productivity.
Don’t fail to appreciate their efforts even if they have not stood upto your expectations. It will encourage employees and ensure something positive shortly.
4. Effectively Handle Potential Conflicts.
Conflicts have a direct negative impact on respect in the workplace. You should develop a plan to work on conflicts, actively listen while identifying points of agreement and disagreements. It will ensure swift and fair tackling of issues, treating people with respect and dignity, and thus encouraging a culture of positive employee relations.
5. Make Diversity And Inclusion Efforts.
Creating diverse and inclusive environments for employees at all levels is a significant role of employers. Treat your employees the same no matter their race, religion, age, etc. The treatment of all employees you interact with should be equal. It calls for open communication, removing political and physical differences, creating equal opportunities for employees, and an overall dynamic workplace.
6. Avoid Gossip, Complaints, And Other Forms Of Negativity.
What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter ― Baruch Spinoza
If you value your respect, only then can you value others’ respect. Be responsible for your actions and know that it will influence how others will perceive you. Please get rid of gossips, minimize the scope of complaints, and let your employees feel like they’re in a friendly work environment.
7. Support Them Outside The Workplace.
Most employers fail to realize that employees need a work-life balance. As an employer, it’s your responsibility to carve out their personal time from office life. Like say, do not drag them to work when it’s a holiday, spare them from calls once they are out for home, know what interests them beyond their official duties, reduce stress, and support them to grow. Honestly, if you take these seriously for them, they will return the respect.
8. Treat Just Like You’d Like To Be Treated.
Kindness, courtesy, and politeness are the three basics that you need to get right in treating your employees. Avoid name-calling, condescending, dictating, or insulting them for sharing their ideas. Raising voice to your employees show a lack of respect. You should help them with the right way to do the work.