Welcome to the Respectful Workplace blog

The Respectful Workplace blog is devoted entirely to fostering awareness and providing resources for creating more respect in the workplace. We want to help you stimulate thinking and take action to promote respect in your workplace.

Five Tips for Respectful Interaction in the Workplace

There are tons of rules in society, some written and some implicit— a red light means stop and most people obey. In the workplace there are established rules of respect as well. The following are 5 tips to help your organization create a culture of respect.

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The Best of Respectful Workplace: Communication

Respectfully interacting and communicating with your co-workers is the topic of this week’s Best of Respectful Workplace series. Authors: Erica Pinsky, Melanie Sklarz, and Laura Lewis-Barr.

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Respectful Workplace Culture Starts at the Top

An environment of respect provides an emotional safety net that frees people up to do their work without having to expend energy watching their backs and protecting themselves from the potentially harmful words and actions of managers and co-workers.

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16 Tips to Assist Employers in Creating a Harassment-free Workplace

Employers can anticipate that charges and lawsuits alleging harassment will continue and potentially increase as a result of the current focus of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Classroom vs. Online Training for Soft Skills – Which is More Effective?

The best roadmap to the future sometimes looks strangely like the past. This is particularly relevant in the discussion on classroom vs. online training. Almost a decade ago, one of my friends who worked as an HR manager for a large, Fortune 50 manufacturing company lamented the difficulty his organization was having with employee acceptance and use of a new, online learning service that had just been purchased from an outside vendor.

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What’s Your Best Option for Respectful Workplace Training?

You know the feeling. Your supervisor tasks you with finding a suitable training curriculum to solve your organization’s respect (or lack thereof) issues. Maybe there is someone in your organization who could use a little sensitivity training.

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New Year, New Resolutions?

Instead of making a set of aspirational resolutions that have virtually no chance of being realized, view each day as an opportunity to be the you you want to be. Each new day is an opportunity. It's not something that only happens once a year, on January 1st. Each and every day presents us with the chance to, as the saying goes, "be the change you wish to see."

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The Best of Respectful Workplace: Culture

As a tribute to Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2014, here is a selection of posts from the Respectful Workplace blog that relate to the topic of workplace cultures. In these articles, Barbara Richman gives a list of actions to create a more respectful culture for your organization and Erica Pinsky presents Respect Tips to ensure you know where your culture is. Finally, Michael Kerr gives us an example of a work culture built on laughter.

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Does Your Workplace REALLY Need Sensitivity Training?

Here at Legacy Business Cultures we often receive inquiries from managers requesting sensitivity training for their employees. Typically, there has been an ‘incident’ – someone has called someone else a derogatory name or otherwise been disrespectful toward other employees. In some cases, this leads to an EEOC investigation and required intervention.

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What Happens When the Leader Is the Problem?

One of the greatest challenges in working with client organizations is that senior leaders and top managers often are blind to their personal role in the dysfunctional symptoms that they hire companies like mine to help resolve.

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Give Your Employees the Gift of Respect this Holiday Season

For many of us December means holiday preparations and celebrations. For me, it has also come to mean the rather demoralizing task of having to read story after story of disrespect and abuse.

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Bullying in the Workplace and How to Replace it with Respect

The following is a collection of articles from our blog that define workplace bullying and ways to remedy its toxic effects. Authors include: Paul Meshanko, Erica Pinky, Sindy Warren, Phil Eastwood and Margaret W. Jones.

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Blindsided: A Cautionary Tale of Unconscious Bias

Two successful companies arrived at two critical decision points. Only one recognized that they were at such a point. Only one of their companies is still in business.

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Want to earn more money? Shift your agenda to helping others.

One of the great joys for me professionally is when science and research finally catch up to what has been passed on and taught anecdotally for decades. While it has always made sense to me that managers, leaders , sales professionals and others who seemed to “read” others the best were the most successful, now there’s new research to back it up.

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Our Favorite Quotes: Listening Versus Defending Our Opinions

This month’s quote is an important reminder about humility and encouragement. “Fight for your opinion, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth.” — Charles A. Dana

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