"Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it." — Bill Bradley
Most of us already know the importance of respecting each other. Yet it’s also true that we all, at some time or another, may have been less than respectful to people with whom we work. Most often, these expressions are not intentional. Even so, it’s important that we all be able to recognize these kinds of situations so that we can take steps to avoid them whenever possible and to respond to them in an appropriate manner when they occur.
You can promote RESPECT in your workplace by following this acronym:
Recognize the inherent worth of all with whom you work.
Eliminate derogatory words and phrases from your vocabulary.
Speak with people – not at them – or about them.
Practice empathy. Walk awhile in others’ shoes.
Earn the respect of colleagues and co-workers through your behaviors.
Consider your impact on others before speaking and acting.
Treat everyone with dignity and courtesy.
We are all unique individuals, with our own gifts, skills, concerns, and perspectives. This uniqueness is part of what makes us who we are as a person, although, in the workplace it can also be what set us apart from our co-workers. So the question becomes how we can find common ground given all our unique gifts, skills, concerns, and perspectives. At the core, respect has to do with establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
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