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How To Get Your Employees’ Respect


noun \ri-ˈspekt\

a : high or special regard : esteem

b : the quality or state of being esteemed


You are a leader and there is some sort of unwritten law that your team members must respect you. That is one of the most outdated ways of thinking in the world of business and in general. So much so, that some people automatically think that their subordinates hold them in esteem and are very much taken aback when they find out that it is not the case. To avoid this kind of situation at work, here are a few ways to make sure that you, as a leader, are at least trying to be respectable.

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Do not make insensitive jokes

You may want to come off as the “cool” leader and you make a few crass or offensive jokes to prove it. Just because you are their superior does not mean that they will all find it acceptable. The last thing an employee wants to hear before they even have their first cup of coffee is an off-color joke. These jokes are also a gateway to getting a sexual harassment case filed against you so watch it.

Respect their personal space

Employees are made to do a certain number and kind of tasks per day and they are given a timeframe in which to finish them. As a leader, you are not supposed to take advantage of your rank and make them cater to your whims or make them attend conferences they are not supposed to be at. You will be wasting their time and hindering them from finishing their duties. When they are taking a break, for as long as it is within company policy, do not interrupt their quiet time by telling them to look at something you found on Facebook. It is their time and you do not have any part of it.

Communicate with them properly

You are supposed to assign them their duties, yes, that is true, but you are not supposed to hand them out in a militant fashion. Offices encourage an open channel of communication and with a leader barking orders, there is no room for it. There is nothing wrong with being polite and asking them for their opinions. There might be something they know that you do not which could save you all from a major mishap down the road. Talk to them the way they deserve to be talked to; they are colleagues, and not cadets.

Trust them

If your team is there, there must be a reason why they got hired in the first place. They are bound to have the necessary skills and expertise to carry out their tasks without you breathing down their neck. By micromanaging, not only are you annoying them, you are giving them the impression that you think they are incompetent.

Lastly, one of the best ways to get your employees to respect you is to respect them as well.

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  1. TracyAnn0312

    January 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I think that the first thing you could do is to also respect your workers. Every worker needs a respect from their employee in order for them to respect.

  2. Thomas

    January 14, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Many times we see that leaders or the employers think they have the power to disrespect or treat their juniors as well as employees as inferior. However, this is not right, if you give respect, then you will get respect. Respect cannot be taken by pressurizing someone. It needs to be earned by your deeds and good manners.

  3. Santosh Kumar

    January 25, 2013 at 7:47 am

    This blog is very nice. we should always respect both junior and senior. we talk properly and try to listen their opinion. don, t show supremacy in front of them. this type of coordination help in business development.

  4. jallen1128

    July 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

    earning respect should not be a one-way street, it needs to also be welcomed by companies. Respect isn\’t just something subordinates are required to provide managers. It\’s a valuable possession for companies to show and earn in the work environment. Making employee respect isn\’t really constantly simple, however when companies find methods to construct respect at work, positive advantages occur.

  5. Claude

    July 2, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Redeeming the respect of an employee like the one only illustrated really isn’t uncomplicated. In my circumstances, no volume from mentoring or even modification in control design operated as well as regrettably a provider selection was actually created to allow the team go. The personnel simply wasn’t the perfect in shape or prepped to reinvest herself in the business. Likewise, it was actually a course learned when it comes to me pertaining to seeing the signs and stepping in earlier as opposed to later.

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