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Respect @ Workplace

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If you ask anyone in your workplace how they would like to be treated by their managers and co-workers, most will use the words ‘Respect’, ‘Dignity’ and ‘Trust’. No one wants to be treated poorly, with bias and mistrust irrespective of the status, titles at workplace.

In today’s digital age where tweets run faster than thoughts and opinions are shared faster than the facts, the diversity is no longer means having different race, gender and religions but it also means respecting and treating differences in work style, generations and personalities with equality. Embracing workplace diversity is important, as it increases the talent pool and brings new ideas, perspectives and skills to your workforce.

People don’t always see eye-to-eye, and there are many things colleagues might disagree over at work. The correct order to carry out a project, the best way to solve a problem or a difference in work style could all be areas your employees often clash over. After all, everyone has a different perspective and outlook on how a project will progress. However, it’s important that your employees understand that, while discussion is important, you must be respectful, professional and pleasant while at work.

As we have seen, respect is a very important contributor to forming a positive, vibrant & thriving work culture. There are many ways that you and your teams can increase respect @ work

  • Managing anger. Controlling anger is important when in a professional work environment. You and your employees need to learn to let the little things go. Urge employees to avoid getting fixated and annoyed with things out of their control. Instead, they should learn to understand their triggers; maybe there is a provoking colleague or situation that gets them worked up. If you notice an employee often getting angry at work, you should engage in a one-to-one meeting, where you can discuss anger management techniques that might be beneficial to them.
  • Politeness rules. Politeness is a skill, an approach and a form of respect. This is something that is taught, conditioned and learned. Rude and abrasive conversations between team members will likely disrupt the positive workplace culture which is key to project success. No one wants to come to work if they are among the people who degrade, belittle and insult them.
  • Helping culture and collaboration Respecting each other’s point of view and accepting the differences of opinions helps in accepting each other as they are and increase collaboration and help among each other. The Agile Manifesto emphasizes value on individuals and interactions over processes and tools and emphasizes on Collaboration and helping each other. Once the teams learn to engage in respectful conversations, they will likely feel more confident and encouraged to share ideas and thoughts.
  • Avoid making perception and judging. At workplace, it is very easy to typecast people, their choices, behaviors. It is very easy to make perception based on very little information or fact and more often than not, perception is made when people fail to talk, understand and communicate clearly. Judging people is an easy way to destroy a positive workplace. It stops team members getting to know each other and can result in anger and aggravation. Encourage your teams to get to know each other instead and you start to develop a more peaceful atmosphere


Posted by Alankar Karpe on: April 10, 2019 09:42 AM | Permalink

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Very good Alankar,

I would add transparency, to increase respect!

Great post Alankar - You touch on very sensitive and important points.

Respect is a very important contributor to forming a positive, vibrant & thriving work culture.

People are motivated too when there is a culture of respect. Thanks Alankar. :)

Very Good Topic.
It is key factor in team bonding.Respect will help to improve communication between colleagues, increase teamwork and reduce stress as peace in the workplace soars. Increase productivity, knowledge and understanding .

Thanks for sharing it

Very good point. Thanks for sharing.

This topic is so important in today's business world. Treating others the way we would like to be treated. Thank you for creating another opportunity for us to talk about this.

Alankar, a great and relevant topic. Psychological safety happens to be one of the top priorities for engaging in mutual respect. Team members should feel comfortable and safe while discussing their point of view.

I have learnt a lot from this article and found it engaging -

Organizations which work with cross-cultural environment are often at risk of issues related to these tenets.


Great points. Thanks, Alankar!

Wonderful article and great suggestions for creating trustworthy and respectful work environment.

Thank you Alankar!!

Good article, Alankar and thanks for sharing.

Thank you everyone for your kind comments!

True. Thank you.

Hi Alankar, thanks for bringing out a very important topic. Especially working in a perception driven organization, overcoming this barrier is very difficult.

Great blog Alankar, I particularly liked your comment about trying not to judge. We all have preconceived notions and biases. However, trying to step back form the situation and looking at it objectively can help

Thank you for your comments Valerie, Ganesh, Liliya and Ashleigh!

Great post. These topics should be mandatory reading for all PMs, or anyone else in a leadership position.

Great perspective.

Amazing read, thanks for sharing

Good post! I agree, respect is a huge part of team development. Without it, creativity and ingenuity cannot flourish. I've been in a few groups where individuals were treated with disrespect by leadership and it created a toxic environment that wasn't good for anyone.

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