10 Ways to Get Respect at Work

Getting Respect at Work affects your income, job security, and career progress.  Here are 10 ways to get respect at work.

You Will Get Respect When You Give Credit.
People gain respect when they give credit to the correct person.  Giving credit is a compliment with substance.

On the other hand, people who claim credit for the work of other people lose respect.   People who know that these people are undeserving of that credit will resent the dishonesty.

In an HBR.org article, “The Importance of Giving Credit,”

Sachin H. Jain, M.D., discusses the effect on the entire company of giving credit correctly.

“Getting the assignment of credit right is important to everyone.  It is a driver of high performance.”

If you give credit, you will get respect and make your company stronger.

You Will Get the Respect You Deserve When You Admit Mistakes.
Everyone makes mistakes.  Successful people admit them and do not repeat them.  People will respect you if you correct your mistakes and move on.

Don’t make excuses for failing to do your work.  Be honest.  You just did not do the work.  You regret it.  When you admit your mistakes and not repeat them, you will get respect.

You Will Get the Respect You Deserve When You Do Your Job.
Get a copy of your job description.  Read it with your boss.  Discuss regularly with your boss what you are doing.  When you are uncertain about what you are doing, ask your boss for information.

Be conscientious about the way you do your job. “This is the Personality Trait That Most Often Predicts Success,” Inc.com, By Drake Baer, Business Insider,

“The only major personality trait that consistently leads to success is conscientiousness.”

Your boss will respect you for knowing and doing what you are supposed to do.  Your co-workers will respect you.

You Will Get the Respect You Deserve When You Let Other People Do Their Job.
There are two parts to letting people do their job.

First, do not do let people take advantage of you.  Being a team player and helping other people occasionally is one thing.  Having people use you to do their work is not the way to get respect at work.

Second, do not interfere with other people by meddling in their job.  People do not always want your advice.  People certainly do not want you to do their job and take credit for what their job.

By respecting the job of other people, you will get respect.

You Will Get the Respect You Deserve When You Lighten Up.
If you don’t take yourself too seriously, people will respect you more.  Your daily routine is a marathon, not a sprint.  If you come to work everyday and load the workplace with pressure, you will create tension.

Be sincere.  Work hard.  Be straightforward with your supervisors, co-workers, and people you manage.  Take your work seriously.  However, don’t take everything so seriously that you can’t accept mistakes and adjustments in the daily routine.

People will enjoy working with you and you will get respect.

You Will Get the Respect You Deserve When You Keep Your Word.
Honor your commitments.  If you know that you can’t do something or that you will not do something, be honest about it.  Don’t make a commitment to do things that you can’t or will not do.  Keeping your word is basic to getting respect.

You Will Get the Respect You Deserve When You Are Punctual.
People will quickly get weary of dealing with you if you are late all the time.  Make your appointments on time.  Complete your work on time.

You will get respect when people know they can trust you to complete your work on time.

You Will Get the Respect You Deserve When You Respect Your Personal Appearance.
Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.  Keep your hair groomed.  Keep your shirt or blouse tucked in.  Wear clean clothes.

Don’t overdress for the job.  You just want to look professional.  You want to look neat.

If your boss wears khakis and an open-collar shirt, don’t wear a three-piece suit.  If your boss wears a blouse and a skirt, don’t wear expensive dresses.

You want to look like part of the team.  Imagine the manager of a major league baseball team wearing a suit in the dugout during the baseball game instead of wearing a team uniform.  Imagine a professional basketball coach wearing a basketball uniform instead of a suit.

You will get respect when you respect yourself in how you dress.

You Will Get the Respect You Deserve When You When You Avoid Gossip and Confidences
A quick way to ruin relationships is to gossip.  Avoid people who gossip.  The only people who respect people who gossip are other people who gossip.

Keep confidences.  When someone tells you something personal or private, keep it to yourself.  Even if you do not make a commitment to keep the information private, respect the trust that people have given you. People do not respect people who break their confidences.

You will get respect as a person who is trustworthy.

You Will Get the Respect You Deserve When You Show Confidence.
Be confident in your body language, in what you say, and how you say it.

Stay calm. “Courage is grace under pressure,” to quote Ernest Hemingway.  Confidence is grace under any circumstance.

Respect starts with you.  Dress the part.  Act the part.  People will respect you for doing a good job and being a great asset.

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