Going back to work after maternity leave is always a frightening and stressful process. There’re plenty of things young mothers worry about. Nevertheless, there is a way reentering the workforce after a long absence easily and without extra worries. The secret is – consider everything in advance. That is why we prepared a list of things to pay attention when time to go to work comes.
One of the key factors in intrinsic employee motivation is the feeling of belonging, which can only be facilitated through respect and trust. Respect is no longer just about workplace ethics but is also a smart business move. In fact, a work environment that fosters mutual respect supports employee productivity, recruitment, effectiveness, and retention. On the other hand, an environment that is characterized by perennial lack of respect at work lowers employee morale and increases employee turnover. Those who feel disrespected tend to become frustrated and spend a large chunk of their time at work thinking and talking about the lack of disrespect, causing a toxic work environment. While other areas of employee motivation have received considerable scholarly and media attention, not much focus has been given to respect and how it can be improved in the workplace. As such, this article explores the different ways of improving respect in the workplace.
What is the importance of respect in the workplace?
Respect in the work environment is critical for engaged and productive employees, and for a cultural fit in a diverse workplace. However, incidences of conflict and misunderstanding abound in workplaces where there is lack of respect. Such a toxic work environment can be avoided by ensuring that there is mutual respect at work. Mutual respect is tied to:
- Improved relationships
- Reduced stress
- Enhanced productivity
Act professionally to earn respect
Of course, you were selected from a large pool of candidates for a reason. Your employer, as well as other members of the organization, will have expectations regarding the way you dress, your arrival time at work, the way you perform the duties to which you are assigned, how you adhere to policies that govern the workplace such as safety measures and work ethics. These expectations are commonplace in each work environment and will determine how employees relate to each other. By acting professionally, you get to not only avoid unnecessary conflict but also endear yourself to other employees.
Showing respect to peers and subordinates as a way of earning respect
Your peers and subordinates expect to be treated with respect and fairness. Many supervisors and managers fail in this respect. In most cases, your subordinates will be critical to your success in the organization. They are the ones who work hard to support your objectives and business goals. As such, gaining their loyalty and commitment is critical. This can only be realized if the subordinates feel that they are respected within the organization. This can be achieved by listening to their concerns, seeking their input in decision-making, and recognizing their contribution to the team. In this way, you get reciprocated respect.
Show professional respect to your superiors
Your superiors will also expect you to respect others as part of the hierarchical organizational system. Such positional respect is important irrespective of the attributes and competencies of the persons serving in those positions. Such respect never goes unnoticed and could be critical to interpersonal relationships with your superiors.
Be performance oriented, keeping in mind that respect isn't given it's earned
A sure way of gaining respect in the workplace is by focusing on your role. Here being performance oriented does not mean coming in every day to fulfill your duties as an employee. Rather, it means operating outside of what is expected to achieve high results. Such an employee is a problem solver, working smart to improve the overall team.
Show self-confidence to earn respect in the workplace
One way of getting your colleagues to respect you is by demonstrating your passion for company goals. Do not allow the fear of being laid off to interfere with your performance. Be practical and readjust your goals as appropriate.
Be humble when interacting with other people at work
While you should be ready to admit your shortcomings, you shouldn’t dwell on them. Most people will not respect you if you come off as insecure. In sum, therefore, show your human side, but retain a sense of self-assurance and bravado.
Share what you know if you want people to really like you
Sharing your knowledge with others in the workplace demonstrates that you are confident in your capabilities and that you respect your colleagues enough to want to share such critical information. Workplace interaction requires communal learning. This will also help you foster a team mentality.
By following these tips, you will end up with a work environment that is healthy and productive. You also get to foster intrinsic motivation.
The New 2019 Year has come to our houses. Now it’s time to strike the balance, count the statistics and set new goals. The past year has brought many surprises to us. Some of the careers have grown up, and on the contrary, demand on the others has reduced significantly. Based on these results, analytics are ready to make their predictions as for the job market development in the upcoming year.
There are many options to boost your career, especially, if you already have a degree. In reality, there are much, much more career paths without college than you would think. So, here are some ideas on what to do, if you think your resume does not look as strong as it should be.
Facial recognition technology and other AI-powered systems break into hiring and have a huge influence on the job search market. Find out how these changes will impact your life.
Employers nowadays tend to improve their workers’ work-life balance and overall working conditions. That is why requests for flexible work schedule are becoming more popular. The number of companies with flexible work arrangements is growing, according to The Personnel Today. But what should you do if there is no flexibility in the workplace at your company? Don’t be afraid. We will tell you how to ask for flexible working hours without any risk to lose your job.
Sometimes, it is not enough to be an outstanding professional to build a successful career. Networking is important. And in order to socialize successfully in a business environment, one should know the rules of business etiquette. Therefore, if you want to earn respect at work and demonstrate perfect professionalism in the workplace, follow this list of good manners.
Volunteering has seen quite a jump in popularity in recent years. It seems like the people of today are becoming more and more aware of their own local problems and far-reaching worldwide problems and uses volunteering not only to explain their employment gaps. Volunteering is the commitment of one’s time and energy, for the better good of society and the community, the environment. You could say that you are giving back the community for all it has done for you. However, there are many benefits of volunteering that can be very valuable to you.
Ah, the age-old routine: you’ve found yourself unemployed, in need of a job, and wanting to not starve to death. Great! What do you do? How do you look for the next job? You might go to an online job board service, such as LinkedIn or Monster, and skim through all the hundreds of jobs. You might get out your newspaper and examine the job listings section. You might even attend a job fair.
But what if I told you there was another way to find yourself a job? No, this is not one of those freelance markets like UpWork, Freelancer, and Fiverr. I present to you the giant of a site, Facebook.
“Hello! My name is Mr. Turkey and I would like to express my interest in White House Thanksgiving Turkey position.”
If a Thanksgiving turkey had ever written a cover letter, it would probably start like this. Probably, each turkey dreams to go to the White House for a Thanksgiving Day, as this is the only way for them to escape their cruel fate and dive into the luxurious life. And we are going to tell you why!
What is success? It’s been defined many times so far. Scientists used to attribute it to wealth, great career, happy family and self-realization. If only it has been that easy! In fact, it means different things to everyone. The real answer is inside of you—not in Google or encyclopedia. What is success to you? Let’s give you some time to think it over and focus on myths of it instead.