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.

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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It’s the Little Things That Count

I recently took an Uber to a meeting and the driver said something that really struck me. He told me how he’d just finished vacuuming the car out right before picking me up. A recent customer had clipped her fingernails during her ride and left nail remnants all over the back seat and floor.

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Can People Really Change?

I get asked this question a lot when I do one-on-one sensitivity training sessions. These situations typically arise when a very valuable or very senior person (or both) engages in some kind of problematic behavior (e.g., inappropriate or unprofessional comments, bullying behavior, harassment). The employer wants to keep said employee but try to rehabilitate him or her.

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The Best of Respectful Workplace: Employee Engagement

The following are selections from the legacycultures.com blog that highlight the value and importance of focusing on employee engagement in the workplace. In these posts, our authors discuss research as well as ideas for inspiring greater employee engagement in your workplace.

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Why I’m a Better Me with You

In 1943, renowned psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote a paper called, “A Theory of Human Motivation.” In it, he introduced his now-famous motivation model generally referred to as the Hierarchy of Needs. While intuitively seductive in its simplicity, research from the disciplines of anthropology and neuroscience has recently painted a slightly different picture of what truly motivates us.

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Our Favorite Quotes: Choose Friends by Character and Socks by Color

This month’s quote is a bit of a curve ball. “Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.” — Anonymous

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The Problem With “Doesn’t Fit In” Comments

It can be hard to articulate why a candidate isn't right for a particular job. Or why an employee is not the best pick for a certain assignment or promotion. But it can be really important for employers to identify legitimate, business related reasons for an individual's non-selection.

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Convergence at Work: How Science is Improving the Ways We Work and Relate

For the past 20 years, I’ve immersed myself in the complimentary disciplines of organizational culture, group effectiveness and personal mastery. Because of the breadth of these topics, it became equally important to understand some of the basic tenets of psychology, anthropology and, more recently, the rapidly evolving field of neuroscience.

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