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The Respect Revolution: 6 Simple Habits for a Happier, More Productive Workplace

Are you respectful in your workplace? Let’s find out. Do you ever…

1️⃣ Interrupt others when they’re speaking?

2️⃣ Show up late to meetings?

3️⃣ Use ‘reply all’ when only a couple of people on the chain need your response?

4️⃣ Complain about coworkers behind their backs?

5️⃣ Neglect to follow through on commitments?

6️⃣ Avoid or ignore people you disagree with or whom you’re in conflict with?

7️⃣ Check your phone in the middle of conversations or meetings?

8️⃣ Judge people or situations before you have all the information?


Respect is an opportunity for us all. We are all disrespectful with some people, in some situations, and on some occasions.

95% of the people Christine Porath surveyed said we have a problem with civility and respect. Gregg Ward is another thought leader in this area you can follow.

Here are 6 specific things you can do NOW to increase respect in your workplace:

SERIOUSLY. Put it in a drawer or out of reach when going into meetings and conversations.

Be specific about what the person did and the impact they had. Share credit for successes with everyone who supported you in achieving it.

Ask those you work with to tell you one thing you can do to make work go more smoothly. Listen fully to what they say. Resist the urge to say ‘yeah, but…’. By being open to feedback you communicate that you respect their point of view and it demonstrates a growth mindset.

Yes results are important, but you will get better results if you regularly check in with them as people and make sure they feel seen and heard beyond the tasks and deadlines they’re responsible for.

Show up on time. Start and end meetings on time. Don’t have a meeting unless it’s really needed and invite only those who need to be there.

I shared a few ideas on how to do that in this article, Unlock Peak Performance: The Power of Psychological Safety at Work.

Christine Porath found that respectful and civil environments result in

𝟵𝟮% 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗰𝘂𝘀

𝟴𝟵% 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗲𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻

𝟱𝟲% 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴

𝟱𝟱% 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗲𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁

I pledge to leave my phone in another room for all meetings and conversations.

How about you? What’s one thing you can do to move towards greater respect?

Message me if you'd like a survey you can take to monitor your own, and your team's, level of respect.


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