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Respect Tip: Say Thank You, Often

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

There are many times when writing a note of thanks is important. There is a certain feeling of warmth one gets from writing them. You should send a thank-you note when you are given a gift, sent flowers, asked to lunch or dinner, invited for a weekend, asked to a concert or performance or when someone does something nice or helpful in a business or social situation such as an introduction or letter of reference.

How to Respectfully Layoff Employees

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

There's no easy way to break the news when employees must be let go. Just make sure you’re not alienating everyone who’s still on board. Here is advice for companies when terminating an employee.

13 powerful quotes about increasing human effectiveness

By | September 8th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , , |

People constantly strive for success, however often times don't realize what it takes or lack a clear vision of the path that will lead them there. The same can be said for organizations. Our Increasing Human Effectiveness program is dedicated towards helping individuals as well as organizations take that first step and discover a path through a process of aligning their values with their goals in order to determine what changes are required to succeed. The following quotes are written to inspire those who are looking for a bit of motivation as well as followup ideas to help increase effectiveness at work and in life.

Self-Awareness – A Critical Leadership Competency

By | August 30th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

Many of us focus on what we need to do to be successful, rather than who we need to be to be successful. Who we need to be speaks directly to our values, as well as our level of self-awareness about our behaviours and whether or not we are willing to take responsibility for those behaviours. Getting curious about the nature of our thoughts is the point of departure on the journey to self-awareness. It is the first step on the path to personal responsibility and empowerment.

The Best of Respectful Workplace: Empathy

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

According to a fascinating post about Narrative Empathy on the Psychology Today blog, "empathy" is a relatively new term to modern western cultures. Empathy in the workplace has been historically looked down as too much of an ultra soft skill. But in the last twenty or so years with the rise of emotional intelligence, empathy has been slowly making its way into the workplace. And that’s a good thing. When people can empathize with someone else in the workplace by emotionally putting themselves in others place in order to understand their perspective, it leads to higher levels of respect. The following are a series of articles posted over the past several years from the Respectful Workplace blog that discuss some of the ways that empathy can be incorporated into the workplace and beyond in order to create a more engaged and respectful culture.

Video: Understanding Unconscious Bias

By | August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace, Videos|Tags: |

In the following video, Paul Meshanko discusses the function of the human brain in how we perceive others as well as how it assigns meaning to what we observe.

Why employee self-esteem is vital to the success of an organization

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

There are many reasons why it's crucial that organizations focus on helping to foster an environment that promotes healthy self-esteem among employees. Here are some valuable ideas from our Increasing Human Effectiveness workshop about how to achieve this.

Integrity – the foundation of a respectful workplace

By | July 12th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

Whether implied or assumed, there is one "super value" that needs to be embraced for respect to take root within all levels of an organization. That super value is integrity. This element is so essential that without it none of our other actions associated with respect will be viewed as authentic. As powerful as personal integrity is for enabling individual engagement, systemic integrity can become a strategic asset. It helps lead to a platform of trust and predictability that encourages an entire organization to engage.

13 thought provoking quotes everyone in a leadership role should read

By | July 6th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

One of the keys to a successful business is great leadership. Leaders can have a profound impact on employee engagement, retention and productivity and can be the difference between a high performing team and one that fails to succeed. Leadership can take on many forms and doesn’t necessarily require that someone be in a management position, just the ability to bring together and inspire greatness in others and provide a vision for the future of an organization. The following quotes are meant to inspire those in leadership positions to take a close look at ways in which they can can improve their leadership style and effectiveness.

Legacy Business Cultures Wins Department of Justice Contract to Provide Implicit Bias Training

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

Legacy Business Cultures announced today that it has been selected by the Department of Justice to develop and deploy implicit bias training for all of the agency’s 5,800 attorneys. Legacy’s efforts will be part of a much broader DOJ initiative to roll out training to employees as well as agents within the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and U.S. Marshals Service (USMS).

3 Common Factors NE Ohio’s Top Workplaces Share

By | June 20th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

The seventh annual North East Ohio's Top Workplaces poll has been published and according to an article on cleveland.com, there are 3 main commonalities between the companies that were voted as the region's top places to work.

Breaking Through Bias to Build Inclusion

By | June 15th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

Unconscious bias is a part of our evolutionary nature. However, it can have many negative effects when it leads to exclusionary behavior within organizations. The following article discusses why biases occur and reveals how we can break through them in order to promote and receive the benefits of more inclusive workplace cultures.