Respect: Give and it will be given to you!

Respect: Give and it will be given to you!
Skills, talent and determination will take you a long way in your career, but they must be accompanied by one very important quality: respect!

How you treat others in the workplace will have a direct bearing on how they treat you. If you want to advance in your career, you can’t reflect an image that is pompous and egotistical—especially if want to hold a position of leadership.

Webster’s dictionary defines respect as: To consider worthy of high regard. Now, picture the people you interact with every day—from coworkers, management and administrative assistants, to mailroom clerks and maintenance staff. Are your words and actions considering them worthy of high regard? Those who understand that respect is not contingent on corporate hierarchy are able to build healthy work relationships that yield greater job satisfaction and career success.

What does respect look like in the workplace?

- Acknowledges each person’s value and contributions
- Punctual and considerate of other people’s time
- Praises others publicly and corrects them privately
- Carries their own load and offers support when needed
- Seeks team credit rather than individual credit
- Demonstrates professionalism in challenging situations
- Keeps their emotions in check
- Gives careful thought to their words
- Does not put undue pressure or hardship on others
- Takes responsibility for actions and outcomes
- Follows through on their commitments
- Speaks highly of others in the organization
- Refrains from gossip or disparaging remarks
- Does not show favoritism based on preference or position
- Is considerate of other people’s workspace and privacy

If you want to enjoy a successful and satisfying career, be respectful of others in the workplace. In so doing, you will discover, respect is shown to you!
Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 6:00:00 AM by Sandy Mazur | 3 comment(s)
Filed under: Success on the Job
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Ellie Meehan on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:41:26 PM
Recently my husband had to tender his resignation from a job that  he enjoyed for the last seven years as a result of his supervisor's rude and arrogant attitude. My husband's 65 yo and was very committed to his work - always on time and hardly took a sickie except when he had to have surgery for prostate cancer. He was a parts delivery person for a car dealership and everyone liked him, including the customers whom he delivered parts to because he had the "old school" type of upbringing. My husband heard rumors about a customer going into liquidation and brought it to his supervisor's attention but was told "it's none of your business, you are only a driver". One day at the end of February, someone used the delivery van and left a mess behind. My husband asked the supervisor to find out who was responsible for the mess, again, the supervisor told my husband that it was none of his business and that he was only a driver, it shouldn't matter who messed up the van (which was my husband's tool of trade). This supervisor had only been with the dealership for less than a year and he'd offended a lot of people in the company, especially the accounts manager, by overriding her authority and extended huge credit limits to a financially-troubled customer. Now it seems that this guy is in hot water because that particular customer had become insolvent and the dealership lost about $100K. People like this supervisor who are rude, arrogant, self-important and self-righteous will not get anywhere in the corporate world. I've been in the workforce for more than 40 years and had been fortunate enough to work with lovely professionals who make my working life a breeze. Two of my ex-staff had complimented me on being a tough task-master but fair and caring. We spend more than 8 hours a day in the corporate office, it is therefore important for everyone to be respectful, co-operative and friendly with each other, making life more pleasant for each other.
melidah on Friday, April 04, 2014 10:48:09 AM
touching but truth , i just wished your husband will go back when he is delt with.
neeke on Sunday, May 18, 2014 3:21:46 AM
checklist is all-encompassing. Don't you wish some carry out these basic principles through default. on other hand, some people have an agenda. love is war. so is work!

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