Respect in the workplace is the quality that rates highest in the prevention of conflict. Take some tips from our experienced workplace mediators!
When interviewing our clients and users of our mediation services, we discovered that respect was the single common denominator for prevention and resolution of conflict in the workplace.
We know when we are given respect and we know when respect towards us is lacking. When asked, our clients had some difficulty explaining what respect means, what it is and how it is demonstrated in the workplace.
Here is a handy list to distribute throughout your workplace. These will help you demonstrate respect and avoid needless, insensitive and unmeant disrespect….
- Always treat people with courtesy, politeness, kindness and ultimately how you would like to be treated
- Listen to what others have to say before expressing your viewpoint
- Never butt in or talk over another person
- Encourage others to express their opinions and ideas
- Improve your work by using others ideas and credit them for their ideas
- Never put people down, disparage them, call them names or insult them
- Do not belittle, criticize little things, demean or patronize others. A series of small comments over time can amount to bullying
- If you would prefer not to do a task, chances are neither would your co-worker. Share the load.
- Regardless of race, religion, gender, age or other orientation always treat people equally
- Ensure that your workplace maintains an equal opportunity policy and that you are familiar with it
- Ensure that praise, recognition and appreciation is abundant in your workplace
Wishing you a happy workplace!
Human Resources & Conflict Prevention Team
The Resolution Centre
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