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7 Tips to Make Your Employees Feel Respected

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There is one behavior that underlies all good leadership. Treat everyone with respect. This is the basic foundation of any relationship, yet many managers find it difficult to articulate it. Respect at work isn't limited to greeting team members and colleagues as you pass them. Respect means showing appreciation to team members, including managers, teammates, and colleagues. It shows that you value their presence and respect them and their efforts in their work. Respect for others is a big part of it, from a simple morning greeting to actively giving teammates positive feedback about their work.

When you want to make your employees respected, here are 7 tips to help you :

1. Valuing Diversity

A common theme we heard from those feeling disrespected is that “I’m different” or “I don’t fit in.” Many leaders hire team members from diverse backgrounds, explore their unconscious biases, and work hard to make them more open to different perspectives and opinions. Others, unaware of their obvious blind spots, assume that they treat everyone equally. Our previous research has shown that many executives tend to underestimate or overestimate their capabilities in this area. To build a foundation of respect, leaders must demonstrate that they value diversity and recognize that they may not be doing their best to make it clear that differences are respected.

2. Prioritize a healthy work-life balance

No matter what your work environment is like, balance is key. Setting the right standards for your life is critical to your long-term success. Here are some ways employers can achieve a healthy work-life balance :

  • Encourage employees to take short breaks, even 10 minutes can improve focus and reduce stress.

  • Do not work or skip meals without eating lunch.

  • Take annual leave.

  • It's important to keep this in mind when collaborating with teams, whether remote, hybrid, or on-premises.

3. Being Trusted

If one member of your team distrusts you, the rest of your team will lose a lot of trust. It's an emotion that's contagious. We know that trust is driven by her three factors: Positive relationships, expertise/knowledge sharing, and consistency. Regardless of race, language, culture, religion, or sexual orientation, treating people with respect strengthens relationships and greatly increases the trust others have in you.

4. Resolving Conflicts

Even small conflicts between a few team members can negatively affect the energy of the entire group and cause frustration that fosters feelings of contempt. Selective peace negotiations convey respect for some and lack of respect for others. Conflicts within a team are like small fires in the woods, easily extinguished if detected early, but can cause significant damage if ignored. Leaders need to resolve conflicts quickly when they arise. Respectful leaders stand firm and are willing to work to resolve conflicts.

5. Offer professional development and learning opportunities

Try to guide your team in developing their skills and encourage participation in development and learning opportunities. This helps your team feel confident in their work, builds credibility, and fosters growth while learning new skills. Guiding like a mentor and helping like a friend will always create a better relationship between you and your team. Help them and you by developing their skills and gaining confidence in their work. You'll experience increased confidence, overall job satisfaction, employee performance, productivity, trust and morale.

6. Encouraging Open Discussion of Problems and Differences of Opinions

The simple act of asking others for their opinion is a powerful way to show respect. But we also need to listen and participate, not just ask. When leaders are open to hearing different perspectives and tackling issues that affect others, they show they care about their team members. For that, you don't have to think that the problem is important (perhaps even that it's trivial). Nor do you need to consider their point of view to do so. But beyond that response, earnest listening and asking questions creates respect.

7. Giving Honest Feedback in a Helpful Way

Direct and honest feedback can make people feel valued when given in the right way. It should properly reflect the person's performance. If an employee does his job 90% right and 10% wrong, give 90% positive honest feedback with only 10% corrections. Leaders often give 0% positive feedback and 10% corrective feedback. This will show that you care for the positives as well. People feel neglected when they are given negative feedback without balancing it with positive feedback.

Source : HBR, Top Quality Recruitment

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