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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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