You will be able to work better and much more productive when your coworkers respect you. So, toss out the old and annoying attitude, and develop a new one to earn respect at the workplace.
We seek respect in every part of our lives, including professional lives in the workplace. A thriving workplace with a strong culture where everyone respects each other will help greatly to improve employee satisfaction. But how do we earn and keep the respect from our fellow worker, boss, and employees?
Be assertive, tell people what do you have in mind, but please take good care on how you say the words. Being assertive is not as easy as it sounds. Some people end up being aggressive because they don’t self-aware, didn’t actually listen to what other people have to say and always criticize without giving meaningful feedback.
This is one of the basic rules on how to get other people to respect you. Talk less and listen more. If you feel that you always need to talk, then most likely you won’t get the respect that you want.
It doesn’t mean that you should not talk, but try to listen more. Listen to what other people have to say, listen to their idea, opinion, or even critique. Remember that you are in an office. Everyone here is good at their job and they are experts on the tasks outside yours. Respect these people by giving them the chance to talk, really listen to them, and they will give you the same.
Every employer needs to ask for a feedback from their employees. Not everyone feels comfortable with asking for feedback. Feedback could be negative and positive, and it could hurt, but it was important to do.
When you ask feedback from employees, you make them feel valued. It also creates a transparent culture that in the end will create more respect from everyone. If someone criticizes you, hear them out clearly. They could be right, or they could be wrong, but listen to them anyway.
Remember to accept whatever feedback that comes, either it was positive or negative. But don’t stop there, show the employees that you really listen to them and take action for the feedback they give to you.
Creating a professional workplace didn’t always means that you should be cold and keep others at arm length. Ditch that perfect persona and show your human side. Increase the bond with other workers over non-work topics.
Asking for advice and opinion will show other people that you need them. When you make mistake, admit it, ask how to fix it, and take the action. People will see this as a sign of strength and not a weakness.
This is easy. A Workplace is a place to work, so be on time and work hard on what you do. Do not slack off, do not gossiping around work time, do not show off, and earn the respect from everyone else.
Earning respect from the fellow worker and everyone else at the workplace will take time, but it will give you and your business a competitive edge.
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