Respect is one of our core human values and has a great impact on our social interactions. It is a mutual principle and prevents blameworthy and disgraceful attitudes towards one another. In fact, one of the most important premises about respect is that, in order to be respected, one must first know and learn how to respect and understand others, as well as value their interests and necessities. Unfortunately, this value is still often disregarded.

Respecting another person does not mean agreeing with everything they believe in. It simply means neither discriminating nor offending that person for his or her decisions and lifestyle. Therefore, when we speak of respect, it is essential to understand that this value comes from within and reflects who we are, what we do and ultimately how we treat others. We first need to embody respect ourselves before asking for it in return.

Respect begins with the mutual recognition between a person and others, which is where he or she takes a stand as an individual with the longing to be understood and recognized by the rest. Respect is usually a positive feeling and allows for appreciation, consideration, politeness, attention and the recognition of value in a thing, person or situation.

AT WORK Regardless of our personal environment or lifestyle, respect is a desirable value that should be cultivated; and the workplace is no exception. As a principle, respect can be found in our interpersonal relationships and day-to-day activities. That is why we cannot ignore this value in our workplace. It must begin with us and can then be reinforced in our daily tasks and the corporate culture of our company or organization.

Within a respectful work environment we are more inclined to feel recognized, valued and essential within the company we work for. The chances of doing a better job depend largely on the respect we feel towards our performance and ourselves, as well as the enjoyment we feel in what we do. Strategies to improve Respect Below you will find a list of tips and strategies for you to work on in order to improve the level of respect you have within the company.

Just remember that the following points are a continuous process and perceptions can be hard to change. In other words, the opinions and perceptions of the people around you will not change overnight. First things first: in order to improve your level of respect you will need a strong commitment and consistency in what you do and you’ll need to be careful not reinforce behaviors that may negatively affect how others perceive you within the area of respect.

1 - FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE

The Golden Rule states: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This rule should be your guideline, indicating how you should act and behave with the people around you. This way of thinking should dictate your every move in any situation or interaction in your life. If you have a clear understanding of this principle and follow it to the letter, people will perceive you with respect and as someone who respects others.

2 - RESPECT OTHERS

Respect is a mutual feeling and, in order for others to respect you, you must first start by projecting this value towards them. You must respect your colleagues regardless of their title within the company. This also applies to clients and vendors. By exercising an attitude of respect within your work environment, it will become easier to achieve a great level of communication and a better synergy within any process.

3 - KEEP YOUR PRIVATE LIFE SEPARATE from your work life We are all in the same boat when it comes to having personal problems and however difficult it may be at times, you need to check these personal issues at the door. Do not engage in office gossip and do not mix your personal and work problems together. Avoid bad-mouthing your colleagues and stick to constructive criticism derived from institutionalized procedures in the company.

4 - PROJECT EFFORT AND FIRMNESS

Do not fall into the trap of doing things in order to gain approval and recognition from your peers or superiors. Do them instead for the mere satisfaction that comes from doing a good job. Your colleagues’ tap on the back is just an added benefit. With this attitude it will be easier to gain the respect of others.

5 - BE CAREFUL WITH CRITICISM

It is not unusual for your work to receive criticism or corrections. Do not take them personally and do not become defensive. Separate your feelings from the situation instead and take it in stride. Remember that this is a learning opportunity for you to improve within the company, both professionally and personally.

6 - MAINTAIN YOUR WORK ETHIC

Don’t forget that you have been hired to do a specific job and doing it efficiently demonstrates your capacities and professional ethics, which will eventually spark your colleagues’ sense of respect towards you and your work.

7 - GO THE EXTRA MILE

Do not settle for merely doing the tasks assigned to you. Without showing off, nor going overboard in leadership and taking on more responsibility than you can handle, involve yourself in tasks you can manage & that can help you learn more about your work processes.

8 - SPEAK WELL OF OTHERS

Compliment your colleagues and their work performance without falling into hypocrisy or lies, as that will immediately be noticed. Be honest when you do so and you will, in turn, generate positive attitudes directed at you.

9 - STAND FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN

Avoid egotism, yet in a respectful manner, take a stand for your views as well as for your work. This will send a signal that you are a passionate and confident individual.

10 - TAKE CARE OF YOUR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

This advice includes respecting the dress code as well as your physical appearance and general presentation. Take yourself and the company a little more seriously without falling into excessive vanity.

11 - KEEP A CLEAN AND ORGANIZED WORK SPACE

Let others see that you are an organized and efficient person. Excessive clutter on your desk, as well as within your computer files can give the impression that you don’t take your work seriously.

12 - ALWAYS BE ON TIME

Even though the importance of punctuality seems like an obvious point, it is not considered as such by everyone. It is a basic principle that should not only be applied to getting to work on time, but also when attending meetings with clients and vendors or even eating out. We are all busy and our time deserves to be respected. Do not believe that you are the only one with things to do.

13 - BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU DO DURING YOUR FREE TIME

There is often idle time during the work day. Sometimes even days. Rather than surfing mindlessly on the Internet or updating your Facebook status, use that time to your advantage.

14 - TAKE YOUR WORK SERIOUSLY

If you don’t take your work seriously it could give the impression that you don’t care about it, meaning that no one may take you seriously. In return, be assured that you will not invite any respect from your colleagues, regardless of the hierarchy.

HOW TO SHOW RESPECT AT WORK

  • Treat people with politeness, kindness and consideration.

  • Encourage your colleagues and peers to express their opinions and ideas.

  • Listen to others before expressing your point of view. Refrain from talking too much and interrupting while others are still speaking.

  • Use people’s ideas to change or improve work. In the boss’s case, let the employees know that their idea has been implemented, recognize it and make it public. Better yet, encourage the person who came up with the idea to put it into practice.

  • Never ever insult others. Do not put down nor patronize people or their ideas. • Do not nag over little things.

  • Treat people equally, regardless of their race, religion, gender or country of origin.

  • Create equal opportunities for employees to participate in committees, workgroups and teams.

  • Encourage praise and recognition from peer to peer, as well as from the leaders

SubCategories of Respect:

Collaboration and Recognition:

This SubCategory measures how much you cooperate, contribute and participate
with others and, within that dynamic, how much do others recognize your good
practices.

Care and Contribution:

This measures how much you support your coworkers. How empathetic you are with your team members and how much you invest in creating a safe, comfortable and pleasant environment for the others.

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