Many struggles at work can be attributed to one major symptom: a lack of respect from your co-workers, subordinates or supervisors. But, if you feel there is a lack of respect, how do you go about regaining or earning that trust from those in your workplace? Do you go around demanding that others respect you because of your title or position?
I suggest there are better alternatives, grounded in solid business and relationship principles. Read the following strategies to help you develop and earn the respect that will help you and your company achieve more success.
Live, Work and Relate Well!
1. Consistently complete projects on time
Getting your work done on time, or even ahead of schedule, demonstrates the value and worth you place on the project as well as the people you work with. It will go miles toward developing that respect you so desire.
2. Refrain from complaining or criticizing
Rather than point out faults or problems, offer solutions when making legitimate complaints, and make sure to communicate them to the appropriate person. This way you will show that you aren’t just being critical. Instead you’ll display the leadership you have by proactively recommending solution-based strategies.
3. Follow through on your commitments
A lack of follow through communicates irresponsibility and carelessness and can seriously undermine trust and confidence. However if you develop a reputation for completing projects or assignments on time, you’ll gain favor as someone who can execute and finish the job when needed. In addition, your work ethic will reflect well.
4. Speak up in meetings, but don’t dominate the discussion
Most workers have been in meetings where a select few dominate and don’t share the forum. By the end, everyone else has phased out, or lost interest because they weren’t able to