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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.

  • How to Put Humor to Work Without Getting Fired!

How to Put Humor to Work Without Getting Fired!

By |August 25th, 2015|

Here are 8 simple guiding lights to consider when putting humor to work in any type of organization.
  • Employee Engagement for Millennials: Three Things You Should Know

Employee engagement for millennials: three things you should know

By |August 18th, 2015|

There’s no shortage of opinions on Millennials, but let’s start with a fact: They will outnumber Baby Boomers in the workforce by 2015. You read that right. This generation, born between 1980 and 2000, will also make up 75% of employees by 2025. Because it’s clearly time for leaders to learn how to engage Millennials, here are three things to keep in mind.
  • The Platinum Rule

R-E-S-P-E-C-T and the Platinum Rule

By |August 13th, 2015|

As kids, we learned the most basic lesson about respect – treat others the way we want to be treated. This is a great life lesson that has carried me through many relationships in my lifetime. As I get older, however, I am starting to believe that there is something better than the Golden Rule. Some might call it the Platinum Rule.
  • Why Respect Matters

Why Respect Matters in the Workplace

By |August 10th, 2015|

In order to understand the potential respect has for unleashing the best in an organization, we first have to recognize what it does at the individual level. There are all sorts of behaviors, many that vary from culture to culture and even from person to person, that may trigger the emotional feeling of respect in the recipient.
  • Employers can increase effectiveness of performance appraisal process

Employers can increase effectiveness of performance appraisal process

By |August 3rd, 2015|

Although employers understand the rationale for assessing employees’ performance, they frequently view appraisals as burdensome tasks that they would like to avoid. During times such as these, we can ensure that the appraisal process remains a priority by focusing on its benefits and examining ways to increase its effectiveness. Although approaches to the appraisal process vary among employers, there is general consensus that practices, such as the following listed in this article, will increase its effectiveness.
  • The secret to a great workplace, summed up in one word

The secret to a great workplace, summed up in one word

By |July 28th, 2015|

Trust. That’s the word many U.S. companies hear when they’re trying to get on Fortune’s annual list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. When you have trust in the workplace, it becomes the foundation for every other positive aspect of your environment. With that in mind, here are six reasons why this is so important today.
  • Dreaming of a Happier Workplace

Dreaming of a Happier Workplace

By |July 21st, 2015|

How many conflicts could be averted if we had selective amnesia with our rivals or foes? Our conversations would then be free of the tiny microexpressions and unconscious vocal tones that send out defensive messages (despite our best intentions). The problem is, our brain scrutinizes our environment for threats and then sears these threat-memories deep into our mind — for our protection. Our brain doesn’t want us to have amnesia precisely because we would then be more vulnerable to dangers around us. Even if we can’t control our unconscious nonverbal behaviors, we can try to compensate for them.
  • Does Your Organization Have a Code of Cooperation?

Does Your Organization Have a Code of Cooperation?

By |July 15th, 2015|

The process of writing a Code of Cooperation has become central to the training we offer to our clients. It is important that everyone participate and contribute their ideas to the process — the theory being that people will support what that they create, specifically in organizations.
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The marriage equality ruling and workplace diversity

By |July 10th, 2015|

The ongoing national discussion after the recent Supreme Court ruling has filled the internet with passionate opinions from both sides. However, it’s clear that marriage equality has a connection to the topic of workforce diversity and inclusion, something that’s top-of-mind for many of today’s most successful companies. Within the context of the workplace, these companies understand that the issue is not just a social one. It also affects business.
  • Discrimination in a Word: Stereotypes

Discrimination in a Word: Stereotypes

By |July 2nd, 2015|

If I had to sum up discrimination using only one word, I would pick stereotypes. More often than not, workplace discrimination occurs when we make assumptions about others who are different than us – by race, religion, gender, or national origin, to name a few.
  • Respect Through Osmosis

Respect Through Osmosis

By |June 26th, 2015|

In a workforce that increasingly reflects the demographic differences within the population, getting people from dissimilar age, gender and ethnic backgrounds to work together collaboratively can be a real challenge. Fortunately, the fields of psychology and organizational development can provide insight.
  • 5 Tips for Respectful Communication in the Workplace

5 Ways to Communicate More Respectfully With Your Coworkers

By |June 22nd, 2015|

How we communication with coworkers is essential to creating a more respectful and therefore effective workplace. Below you will find 5 suggestions to help improve the way you communicate with others in the workplace and your personal life.
  • Using your Top Executives as Diversity and Inclusion Communicators

Using your Top Executives as Diversity and Inclusion Communicators

By |June 17th, 2015|

Today’s executives are being asked to communicate their organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy to more diverse audiences and in a variety of cultural settings. The key to success is to properly brief your executive beforehand and ensure that they are comfortable with the content, see the business relevance of diversity and inclusion and feel that they can deliver a powerful and motivational message.
  • Apply a focused approach to developing and achieving goals

Apply a focused approach to developing and achieving goals

By |June 12th, 2015|

One common denominator that successful organizations share is the ability to develop and achieve goals that reflect their business priorities. While visions and dreams are catalysts in providing motivation for establishing goals, a deliberate, disciplined and realistic approach is required to accomplish targeted results. The following are tips for applying a focused approach to achieving goals.
  • Danger Will Robinson!

Danger Will Robinson! Why we need respect to be effective in the workplace

By |June 8th, 2015|

In the following video, Paul Meshanko discusses why respect is so important for the success of an organization. He goes on to discuss the neurology of human interaction and how it applies to the dynamics of a workplace culture.