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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.

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Does Respect Need to Be Earned?

By |September 29th, 2015|

I was recently contacted by a facilitator at one of our manufacturing clients that is rolling out our Connecting with Respect process across their organization. Her question was interesting. Evidently, there were certain managers (and more senior employees) who were of the opinion that they should not be expected to respect others unless their respect had been “earned.” Could we possibly give her and her co-facilitators some ideas on how to constructively discuss this notion?
  • The Secret of the Slight Edge

The Secret of the Slight Edge

By |September 25th, 2015|

Have you ever experienced setting out to achieve a goal, maybe lose weight and keep it off, purchase a new home, or be selected for an over due promotion only to fall short? Possibly, your team agreed on new initiatives and spent countless hours designing a strategy only to execute and fall behind schedule. You may find the solution to overcoming these obstacles in the secret to the slight edge.
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7 Steps to Behavior Change Using Affirmations

By |September 21st, 2015|

If we talk to ourselves in a way that creates a clear and emotionally compelling picture of the behaviors we want to reinforce, it literally creates pathways in our brains to facilitate movement toward those behaviors. When used for this purpose, we call this "self-talk", "affirmative reminders", or "affirmations".
  • Inspiring Employee Motivation in the Workplace

Inspiring Employee Motivation in the Workplace

By |September 14th, 2015|

Inspiring workplaces are places where people feel motivated to perform at their best potential and to contribute their ideas for the betterment of the organization. Inspiring leaders understand that there are no motivational shortcuts. Pep talks, team building activities and salary perks all have their place, but creating a highly motivated workforce is not the result of a one, ten or even twenty times a year event.
  • How Heavy is Your Emotional Backpack?

How Heavy is Your Emotional Backpack?

By |September 8th, 2015|

Imagine that each and every day you are wearing an invisible backpack. And that the people you interact with either add to it with positive or negative emotions. At the end of the day, how heavy is your emotional backpack?
  • Are employees quitting their jobs, or their bosses?

Are employees quitting their jobs, or their bosses?

By |September 2nd, 2015|

According to The Herman Group, 75 percent of employees who voluntarily leave their jobs say they’re not pursuing other interests or chasing more money—they’re escaping bad managers and poor leadership. Using our experience in internal communications, we looked at some of the most common things employees say after they quit, and how bosses can address these issues before it’s too late.
  • 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.