Respect: How do people gain respect and set the tone to create a winning workplace? Here are four steps I have seen that separate workplace winners from the crowd.
Showing respect is more than doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. It about laying the groundwork for a winning workplace. ~ www.jaywren.com
Respond Intelligently to Criticism
When someone criticizes me, I can easily criticize him or her for things that they have done. This type of response does not lead to solutions.
The best thing I can do is to listen to the person. I can create space and time until I can understand what the person is saying.
The person may have information I need to do a better job. Even if the person has suggestions that will not help me, I can listen and avoid tension. I can focus on the situation at hand.
Let Other People Have Their Say
I have two ears and one mouth. I need to learn from other people. If I am talking all the time, I will never learn anything from anyone.
Most people talk, because they feel the pressure to say something. Allowing people to have their say allows them to decompress.
If a person has gone off the subject, I can direct them back to the point of the discussion.
Moreover, Pay Attention to What People Are Saying
When my mind is elsewhere during a conversation, people will notice that I am not paying attention. I need to wake up and pay attention. People respect me for the attention I give as much the attention I get.
Show concern for people who are struggling
I once became impatient with a secretary who was hesitant about helping me schedule a flight. When I pressed her on the matter, she confessed that she had never scheduled a flight. She had never been on an airplane. The fact was awkward for her. She was so bright and capable in so many ways. I apologized for my impatience. I explained the simple process to her. She booked the flights. A little bit of patience from me helped us both move on to the important things we needed to do that day.
In Conclusion, respect creates workplace winners who create a winning workplace. Don’t focus on what is wrong in other people. Rather, show respect them respect and teach them to respect and learn from each other.