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Developing a culture of respect

Posted by Karl Jensen on
Developing a culture of respect

Respectful treatment of all employees is the top contributor to job satisfaction. That’s according to a report released by the Society for Human Resource Management. Whether you just started a business or are part of an established organization, creating a culture of respect should be a priority.

Listen to each other – in all walks of life, communication is the cornerstone of human relationships. Encourage dialog by listening to what others are saying, and making them comfortable about sharing. This should be a continuing process throughout the year. Make sure you collect regular employee feedback so you can improve inter-employee communications at all levels in your organization.

Show people you care – so many organizations conduct scheduled surveys and yet do nothing with the findings. It’s important to share the findings of any feedback that has been provided, as well as appropriate action that’ll be taken, with your employees. Nobody wants to feel like their voices and views are falling into a black hole. If it’s no possible to take action on concerns that your employees have aired, let them know why. Transparency can go a long way to foster respect as trust as well.

Help each other – individuals who respect each other support each other. You want to create an environment where employees are not afraid to ask for help. This will ultimately make everyone comfortable and more effective at their job.

Reward respect with respect

Maintaining a culture of respect can be a difficult, ongoing task. Indeed, lack of respect is the cause for so many fines, damages, and business failures. Business owners and leaders who dedicate their organizations to respect create a solid foundation of success and growth. This can be done through investing in respect training, leading by example, punishing offenders, and rewarding employees for exemplary performance.

Respect in the workplace training

There are many workshops and online courses available on teaching respect in the workplace. In this kind of training, applicants (employees, business owners, managers, etc.) are taught how to accept value and respect differences in their workplaces. The focus is to create an environment where all employees can feel safe so they can contribute their greatest potential.

Among other things, these courses teach the principles of diversity and respect, benefits and challenges of diversity, influence of personal belief on behaviors, and strategies to support the organization.