Respect in the Workplace
Respect. It’s a simple concept, a universally powerful motivator, and a core value for many global organizations. Why, then, is it so elusive in the modern workplace? With today’s increasingly diverse workforces, organizational culture has never been more important and a foundation of Respect is the bedrock. It sets the stage for engagement, promotes collaboration and inclusion, and unleashes extraordinary creativity and resilience.
Based on his highly acclaimed new book, The Respect Effect: Using the Science of Neuroleadership to Inspire a More Loyal and Productive Workplace, author and speaker Paul Meshanko goes beyond the typical “feel good” themes of organizational culture and digs deeply into the topics of evolution, psychology and neuroscience to show how powerful of a catalyst Respect can be. More importantly, he shares practical, easy-to-implement strategies for helping to promote respectful work cultures and offers case study details on how best-in-class global employers are already using respect to make a difference with both their cultures and bottom lines.
With his interactive, often humorous style, Paul also helps participants better understand the emotional experience of respect, what it looks and feels like, and how it radically differs from tolerance. He links respect of others to respect of self, discusses how disrespectful behaviors can trigger immediate and lasting damage to our human capital and, most importantly, creates a compelling and articulate call for action.
Tolerance is no longer enough
The cost of disrespectful behaviors
Respect…the new end-game
Respect is about me, not “them”
Stereotypes, myths and prejudgments
Knowledge vs. beliefs
Challenging the need to be “right”
Healthy self-esteem: The key to respect for others
The 12 Rules of Respect
The past decade has seen much written about employee engagement. What it is, what it isn’t, how important is it and how you get it. The general concept of engagement is simple. Individual contribution of employees (including managers and leaders) in the workplace is greatly influenced by the strength of their emotional connection to both their company and job. The stronger and more positive that connection, the more likely it is that they will give their best effort – go the proverbial “extra mile” – for the sake of their organization.
But understanding the goal is only a part of the equation. While the vast majority of research clearly shows the positive financial impact of engaged employees, getting them to that state and keeping them there is no easy task. In fact, one recent survey found that as high as 60% of all U.S. employees plan to actively seek new employment in the future.
Based on recent research conducted by a leading U.S. academic institution, participants in this interactive and highly thought-provoking session will learn a proven methodology for attracting, engaging and retaining the best employees possible, even in uncertain (and potentially stressful) work environments. They will also explore what recent advances in neuroscience tell us about human brain function in both engaged and disengaged workers and review best practices from companies that successfully hit the target.
Why cultural competency is so important to organizational effectiveness
Understanding employee engagement, how it’s measured and what drives it
Exploring the attitudes and behavior patterns that promote organizational resilience
Re-establishing an organizational vocabulary that constantly nourishes emotional wellness
How changing employee demographics affect the engagement equation
The science behind emotion and the importance of promoting “I feel valued”
The crucial role of managers and leaders in modeling desired behaviors
The difficulty with change and how to side-step the “leadership curse”
Why respect for people and integrity are becoming the new standards for engaged workforces
In this highly entertaining and interactive keynote, Paul Meshanko references the most recent research in neuroscience, psychology and anthropology to equip leaders and their teams to more successfully navigate the seemingly endless changes required of them in both their personal and professional lives. Going “behind the curtains” of how our brains respond to new situations and challenges, the following topics are explored:
Charles Darwin and “survival of the fittest”
Why we’re wired to resist change
Blind spots, bias and reappraising “truth”
How language shapes attitudes
Minimizing push-back to new ideas and directions
Neuroplasticity – the science of behavior and habit changes that stick