Respect Tip: Give Your Undivided Attention

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:09+00:00 June 26th, 2012|Categories: Respect Tips|Comments Off on Respect Tip: Give Your Undivided Attention

For the rest of the summer, we will feature Respect Tips inspired by the Why Respect Matters section of the recently released Respect Effect by Paul Meshanko.

I remember a colleague once telling me about a former supervisor he worked for early in his career. This person would clear his entire desk – even putting his phone in a drawer – whenever anyone walked into his office and give them his undivided attention. It was such a vivid image that it has always stayed with me.

In our ‘busy’ work culture, it is rare to find an individual like this. Giving your undivided attention to someone (it doesn’t have to be as extreme as above) is key to showing them that you respect them and their time enough to be fully present.

Try it today

The next time someone walks into your office remove distractions by minimizing your computer windows, putting your mobile phone on vibrate and moving any unnecessary papers. Then give them your undivided attention and actively listen to them. You may be surprised what you hear when you are truly a participant and not just another bystander of our easily distracted culture.

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Melanie Sklarz
Melanie Sklarz was the the web content and social media coordinator as well as the lead blog writer for the website. She has a MA in Women’s Studies from the Ohio State University. For more information, visit