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 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 Tips for Respectful Communication in the Workplace

By |June 22nd, 2015|

5 tips and plans of action that you can use today to improve your respectful communication skills. 1. Actively Listen; 2. Value Dissenting Opinions; 3. Watch Your Cues; 4. Contribute Porportionally; 5. Speak Only What You Know is True.
  • 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.
  • Gaining the Slight Edge

Gaining a Slight Edge in Sports and the Workplace

By |June 3rd, 2015|

Teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors retain a “slight edge” over each of their opponents. Digging into our own hidden potential and gaining a “slight edge” requires a change of attitude and behavior. Training like the Increasing Human Effectiveness workshop can teach us and the organizations we work for how to do this.
  • Leveraging Culture to Build a More Successful Organization

Leveraging Culture to Build a More Successful Organization

By |May 27th, 2015|

In the following video of a presentation to the Ardagh Group, Paul Meshanko discusses a case study of a well known airline and how they utilized the power of culture to guide their success. Paul goes on to share tips for how to leverage culture as well as the 3 core values that guide every successful organization.
  • Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion

On May 21, Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion

By |May 21st, 2015|

Breaking a concept as broad as diversity and inclusion up into digestible activities and finding something that can be relevant to an entire global workforce are keys to building and sustaining a successful diversity and inclusion initiative. The “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign is an excellent way to achieve this.
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What is a Respectful Workplace and How Do you Create One?

By |May 20th, 2015|

The trend toward increased diversity in the American workforce isn’t good or bad, it’s just the way it is and the way it will be in the future. What will allow organizations to engage their diverse workforces and thrive amidst this demographic shift is simple. RESPECT.
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Guidelines for Building a Healthy Self-Esteem

By |May 15th, 2015|

Being able and willing to look back at childhood challenges through the eyes of an adult has been a tremendous vehicle for my own personal growth over the past 10 years. In no area has this been truer than the subject of self-esteem. Building healthy self-esteem takes time, but can be done by consistently following a few guidelines.