Treat me with Dignity and Respect – please!

We talk about the workplace often in terms of how we want to be treated while at work. Many organisations say that on the top of the list is treating people with dignity and respect.  But when push comes to shove – it would appear that this goes out the window in the face of making decisions and taking action.

As an employee, we know when we have respect and when we don’t – and it links directly to the level of engagement we have with a leader and the organisations they represent.

So, for leaders and manager out there that think they do actually demonstrate respect, here is a simple checklist – but it comes with a warning.  Be honest with yourself!

Do you:

  • Treat people with courtesy, politeness, and kindness.
  • Genuinely encourage your team to express opinions and ideas.
  • Listen to what others have to say and not speak over, butt in, or cut off another person while in mid-sentence.
  • Use people’s ideas to change or improve work and recognise them for this contribution.
  • Never insult people, name call, disparage or put down people or their ideas – to their face or behind their back.
  • Treat people the same and put personal feelings aside to maintain objectivity.
  • Include the team in meetings, discussions, training, and events.
  • Praise more than you criticise.

Its a short list – and it’s only the tip of a iceberg.  If you are guilty of behaving in some way that doesn’t treat people the way you would want to be treated – then time to think again about how you are behaving and what needs to change.

Remember – perception is everything.