Building A Respectful Workplace – It’s All About Me

Building a Respectful Workplace

Your colleagues are not bad people. And we do not get out of bed and turn up for work determined to make each other’s lives uncomfortable. We simply display behaviours that, over time, make life at work more difficult than it needs to be.

It’s more than likely that your workplace has at least one disgruntled or seemingly disrespectful employee. Whether their behaviour is deliberate or subconscious, it can often lead to the rest of the workplace feeling “on edge”

Let’s examine some of the typical behaviours that your colleagues may display at work – behaviours you may feel you  “have to put up with” from colleagues, but you would rather not:

Too many workplaces rely on a common understanding of the organization’s values – typically respect, honesty, teamwork and accountability – as being sufficient to have everyone behaving appropriately. Put to the test, however, we often find that not everyone will agree on what these values mean in a day-to-day behaviour. With up to four generations of people together at work and cultural and family background differences, is it asking too much of employees to find a common understanding of the kind of words commonly found in an organisation’s values – without giving them the opportunity of spelling out the clear standards and boundaries around behaviour that make sense in their team?

Here are some ways your organizations can begin (or continue) the transformation to not tolerating unhelpful behaviour at work – and helping to build more respectful workplaces:

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