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.

Legacy Business Cultures to Sponsor, Exhibit and Present at ATD 2015

The ATD 2015 International Conference & Exposition is fast approaching and the Legacy Business Cultures team will be returning as a Bronze sponsor to showcase their services and host a session on a core component of the […]

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#RaceTogether: More than just a slogan scrawled on a cup

By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about Starbucks’ Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz wanting to start a discussion about race in America. He started by holding forums over the past three months in which more than 2,000 Starbucks partners (their term for employees) discussed racial issues in Oakland, Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York and Chicago.

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How to Build Relationships by Sharing a Laugh

As part of Legacy Business Culture’s Connecting With Respect Workshop, participants are taught the 12 Rules of Respect for business leaders to follow. These rules can be used to help employers create and maintain a positive environment within the work place. One of the rules that Paul preached and had cultivated in many of his clients and/or potential clients was to look for opportunities to connect with and support others.

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Best of Respectful Workplace: Diversity & Inclusion

Best of the Respectful Workplace blog: Diversity & Inclusion.

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10 Actions You Can Focus on to Influence Culture of Respect, Civility in your Workplace

Imagine a work environment where all communications and interactions were conducted in a civil and respectful manner. Co-workers and customers would be treated respectfully on a consistent basis. There would be no place for harassment, […]

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Gender Bias Starts Early and Lasts a Lifetime

Society’s opportunities for improvement, when it comes to the issue of equal rights in the workplace, are well documented. Stacks of studies outline issues including the glass ceiling, pay equality, and maternal wall bias, or discrimination that occurs against caregivers, and particularly working mothers. Here are a few suggestions to start the “bias interruption” process.

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5 Tips to Make Your Next Employee Performance Appraisal More Respectful

Ideally, the goal of your employee performance appraisals is to give employees feedback, direction and development so they can be their best. But in many cases, performance appraisals demoralize and discourage employees rather than engage and inspire them. Here are some tips to help make your next employee performance appraisal more respectful.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall – How Managers Can Help Employees Succeed

Our job as leaders is primarily to leverage and align the talents of everyone in our organizations. That means helping each person with whom we work be as successful as they can possibly be. The following post recounts a story of a manager failing to uphold his responsibilities and lists ways in which managers can help their employees succeed at their job.

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Respect in an Era of Partisan Divide

Washington, D.C. is often deeply partisan and divided, and around the time of the State of the Union Address, people retreat to their respective corners and dig in their heels. Just flip on any cable news station to hear the rhetoric and talking points pouring out from both sides.

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Respect starts with challenging “lazy mental short-cuts”

Whether based on skin color, gender, accent, perceived education level or economic status, we all have mental models that we form and apply to different groups of people. Although easy and automatic, unconscious bias can be overcome by cultivating a mindset of curiosity.

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Navigating bias – 6 steps for making smarter business decisions

Every decision that we make and every interaction we are a part of are influenced by factors both within and outside of our scope of awareness. The following are six suggestions to identify and minimize the factors that may lead us to make faulty assumptions and reach inaccurate conclusions, so we can significantly improve the quality of both individual and group decisions.

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How To Transform Your Workplace Culture From Toxic to Terrific

No one sets out to create a toxic environment. Yet when a workplace culture evolves on its own with little attention given to relationships and employees aren’t held accountable for rudeness or disrespect, the mood at any organization can turn poisonous. The results: loss of productivity, low morale, increased absenteeism and high turnover. Don’t miss the signs. Is your workplace in danger?

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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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