The Importance of Respect in the Workplace

Everyone wants to go to a workplace where they feel valued and respected. Teams that do not make respect in the workplace a priority create a work environment that is hostile and unhealthy. On the other hand, teams that encourage and foster respect are more productive and profitable. What is respect? How do we give it and how do we get it? First, everyone must adopt the golden rule: treat others the way you wish to be treated.

Employers can show their respect to employees by not discriminating against race, gender, age, or religion. Doing so not only leaves employees feeling different and singled out, it also constitutes harassment. Policies need to be in place in every workplace to ensure everyone is treated equally. Another way employers show respect is valuing the opinions and ideas of their employees. Kindness and politeness should toward your team members. Of course, the same applies for employees. No employee should be harassing, discriminating against, or bullying any other team member.

Everyone should be aware of the language that they use. Yelling at, insulting, constantly criticizing, or belittling team members should never be accepted. This is bullying behavior, and the effects to one’s psyche and morale as a result of such actions can be catastrophic. At the same time, employees need to know that they are able to express their opinions without fear of being judged. In order for everyone to feel respected in a workplace, efforts should be made to include all team members in important meetings, training initiatives, and other events. Leaving people out may cause them to feel excluded and marginalized.

The giving and getting of basic respect can go a long way to building a cohesive team where everyone feels productive, valued, and appreciated. Not encouraging basic respect among workers is not only unfair to the individuals, it simply isn’t good business. If you are looking for more information on how to foster workplace respect, contact Frame & Associates to help you out.

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