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  • Writer's pictureMichele Evanson

Respect in the Workplace

The office is an expression of society at large. Today, we see a gamut of behaviors that show a lack of esteem and civility, both inside and outside the workplace. Studies and surveys indicate that Americans see disrespect as a severe problem that's getting worse. One study found that 60% of workers think that co-worker’s bothersome behaviors negatively affect the office and, consequently, 40% reported that they're looking for new employment. These along with other findings demonstrate that disrespectful and uncivilized behaviors drain productivity and negatively affect both the organizations bottom line and the total economy. If every employee develops a consciousness of respectful behaviors and essential abilities, it is anticipated that workers will serve as role models and these behaviors will spread at work and beyond. Listed here are pointers to assist you in attaining this objective: Before performing, think about the impact of your words and actions on others. Create an inclusive work environment. Only by recognizing and respecting individual differences and attributes can your company fully realize its potential. Self-monitor the esteem that you display in most areas of your communications, such as verbal, body language, and listening. Understand your triggers or hot buttons. Knowing what makes you frustrated and angry enables you to handle your reactions and respond in a more proper manner. Take liability for your activities and practice self-restraint and anger management abilities in responding to possible conflicts. Adopt a positive and solution driven approach in resolving conflicts. Rely on facts as opposed to assumptions. Gather relevant facts, particularly before acting on assumptions that may harm relationships. Include others in your focus by considering their needs and preventing the perception that you see yourself as center of the universe. View today's difficult situations from a broader and more realistic viewpoint by considering what they mean in the general scheme of things. Everyone affects one another by becoming a bridge builder and role model for admiration and esteem. Act in a manner where you respect yourself, show respect for others, and take benefit of every chance to be proactive in promoting civility in your office.

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