Treating others with kindness and consideration
What is it?
Treating others with respect means that, whether friend or foe, agree or disagree, history of kindness or of contempt, we first and foremost treat others with dignity and consideration.
Why is it important?
At the end of the day, people want to feel respected in their workplace. This can lead to trust, smooth coordination, and a positive overall work environment. By contrast, when people feel as though they have been put down or disrespected, they become irritated and resentful. When that happens, they will either avoid you, criticize you, or become passive aggressive with you. This can harm your personal career or overall team success.
Give Others the Benefit of the Doubt
First of all, we must learn not to judge others. We don’t know what they are going through or what problems they are wrestling with. We don’t know why they do the things they do. If a co-worker is snippy or snarky or sassy, chalk it up to them having a bad day rather than making character judgements, and let the interaction roll off your back. We would certainly want others to do the same for us.
Second, appreciate perspectives that are different from yours. Instead of feeling threatened by people who look or think differently than you, figure out what you can learn from them. Different perspectives teach us; they help us broaden our thinking and expand our awareness.
Show Regard for Authority
Especially during the first few years of a new job or career, you should be extra careful to show respect to those who have been employed longer or who have seniority over you. Bosses, managers and supervisors especially should be respected for the leadership positions they’ve earned. That means not only showing respect in your interactions but also respecting them when they are not present. It’s easy to criticize leaders without knowing the challenges of their position, but we must pay the respect that’s due.