How to Earn Respect in the Workplace

Everyone deserves respect at the workplace, and as they always say, respect is earned, not demanded. So, gaining the respect of our seniors, juniors, and peers is something we all want, but more often, we don’t know how to achieve this noble goal.

Ever seen a colleague who walks into a room and miraculously every eye and ear is turned to them? Yes, it happens, but there is no magic in it. That person has definitely worked hard over the years to earn the respect of his coworkers. Fortunately, there are useful tips you can use to earn respect in your workplace:

#1: Obey the Rules

More often, employees who do the right thing win the praise of co-workers and the management. Even if you are the boss, your juniors will accord you a lot of respect if they see you observing all the rules like reporting to work early, maintaining the dressing cord, etc. You might have realized that bosses who slack off from work, report late, waste time on social media sites, or leave early don’t engender respect from coworkers. Workplace rules are meant to create fairness and ethical handling of employees affairs, and deviating from them not only kills morale but cause you to lose respect from your peers.

#2: Maintain Inclusivity

It’s important to share any information about organizational changes and their impact on all employees. Sharing information selectively can create a lot of distrust and loss of respect. Encourage your coworkers to ask questions and stay informed about everything happening within the company.

#3: Commend Fellow Workers

Everyone wants to feel appreciated every now and then. This enhances their confidence and boosts productivity. By simply saying “great job” to a coworker for a task well accomplished, they will be motivated to work harder and learn new skills. On the other hand, if you must give criticism, combine it with some positive areas where the employee did well.

#4: Always be Professional

Some people often get carried away during company get-togethers or corporate events. If you want respect in the workplace, avoid overindulging in alcoholic drinks and maintain good eating etiquette in corporate events. Even if the event is held off company premises, it’s always important to maintain professionalism. And, if a coworker gets intoxicated, try to avoid mentioning the issue the following day in the office.

#5: Be Well-groomed and Organized

Having an active workplace means that you are a hardworking individual, but a disorganized desk can give the impression that you don’t care about the image of the company. The way you dress up always reflects how much you value your professional image. Maintain neatness at all times to command respect from your colleagues.

#6: Respect All Co-workers

They say that respect is two-way traffic. Strive to respect everyone around you even if you don’t like them. There will always be someone you don’t see eye to eye with, but you still need to maintain professional respect in the course of your work. Things can change rapidly in the corporate world, and a junior staff could quickly climb to top-level management or join a different company and become your biggest client.

#7: Talk Less and Listen More

May people always assume that the person who gets the most respect is the guy standing at the end of the conference hall delivering a speech. That, surprisingly, is not always the case. If you take a lot of time talking, you’re most likely not the most respected person in the room. People actually gain a lot of respect by listening to others. Of course, you still need to share your ideas, but it’s critical to pay attention to what others have to say. In any workplace, people are hired to do different tasks based on their expertise and career backgrounds. So, everyone has something to bring to the table and they will respect you if you give them a listening ear.

#8: Apologize and Admit Mistakes

No one is perfect. So, whenever you make a mistake, be free to admit and apologize. Simply say “I am sorry. Is there anything I can do to fix it?” If you are the boss, it’s okay to take the blame for the failure of the entire team as well as your own failure. As an individual worker, take the blame for your missteps and apologize. Failure to admit mistakes can easily end a lucrative career.

Final Word

With all these tips, you should be able to command respect in your workplace. More importantly, respect others if you expect them to respect you back. Take your time to mentor others and don’t be easily angered when your boss, peers, or juniors make mistakes. Just help them get better at what they do. By lifting up people around you, you all rise up together as a strong, united team.

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