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.

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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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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