What Respect Means to Me

By | 2014-11-24T16:11:07+00:00 October 15th, 2009|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |Comments Off on What Respect Means to Me

In the classic Aretha Franklin song, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T – Find out what it means to me” is a famously quoted line. In real life, however, respect has different meanings to different people. For instance, when we talk about respect in our workplace seminars, we ask participants to describe a time when they felt respected – felt being the significant word here.

Not only is it important to visualize what respect looks like, but also what it feels like. Most participants will relay a story about a time when someone asked them for input, expressed an interest in their work, publicly praised them, etc. Then when they talk about how they felt after these incidents occurred, participants usually use words like valued, supported or even trusted.

So why is this essential? Because when the brain processes positive emotions created from respectful behaviors, it actually increases our mood, which can lead to higher productivity. My question for all of you is:

What does respect mean to you?

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About the Author:

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