The feeling of not being respected in the workplace can be a little crippling. Not feeling respected can contribute to the downfall of excelling in a job. How do you earn respect from the people you work with? Are you doing anything to disrespect others? Top offenders that you might not even know you are doing include interrupting others while they’re speaking, refusing to admit your mistakes and criticizing others publicly.
There is also a big difference between being humble or grounded and grovelling. Many I have noticed, constantly put themselves down in the effort to appear humble, only to backfire because others might mistake that self-effacement for insecurity.
Let’s take a look at some points on how to regain or maintain that respect in the workplace.
Dress the part. If you work in a legal firm, make sure you adhere to the dress code that had been put up. Failing to do so might make you look uninterested or disrespectful. Remember, respect begets respect and it starts with you.
Never say “No, it is not my job“. Seen in so many offices, this type of lackadaisical attitude is not going to bring you anywhere.
Sometimes you have to say No and that’s okay. You do not have to bend backward too much. In fact, in some situation, saying “no” might help build respect.
Gestures. Have you worked in an office where there is that person who sits in his / her cubicle; no smile, no greetings. Not good. A little greet like “how are you” or “good morning” goes a long way.
Most people don’t listen. Engage, ask clarifying questions; shows that you are actually listening, but do it genuinely. This helps open doors to healthy relationships in the office.
Remember the names. It might be hard to remember names and details of colleagues when you are working in an office with 50 or more people. That said try to make an effort to at least remember the ones you work or cross paths regularly with.
Respect others’ viewpoint. You really don’t have to agree; just have a compromise.
Avoid gossip. Avoid gossip altogether. Never participate in them. Remember, if this person can gossip about another colleague with you, he can talk about you to someone else.
Get a balance. Know the difference between being authoritative and amiable. You are not there win anyone’s favour.
Treat everyone with respect. Everyone from the janitor to CEO deserves respect; treat everyone equally.