One of the things employees crave the most is the desire to be valued by their employers and to earn the respect of their colleagues. Employees have a way of sensing when their opinions are not valued, or when their suggestions are brushed away with less than a wave of the hand. They also know when their employers and colleagues value their inputs.
They can tell if they are valued from a number of reactions to their contributions. They can discern this from the way colleagues treat them to the tone of voice their employers communicate with them, even the non-verbal communications are scrutinised for the water of disdain and disrespect. They judge this from how they are rewarded when they manage to pull off a deal, and by the rules and policies of the organisations as they apply to them and how they change with time.
An employee who feels he is not valued in an organisation is likely to go on a downward spiral of inefficiency due to a lack of morale to be creative or extraordinary. Before long, he or she will completely fizzle out, and so goes the training and experience on the job.
Here are some tips that can facilitate mutual respect:
Encourage employee’s uniqueness: any organisation willing to make employees feel valued can develop team building events that provide the opportunity for employees to know one another better. These events have the capacity to bring out their unique personality. Also, they can get to learn something unique, as well as develop trust and mutual respect.
Listen to each other: most times, what we do in the workplace is hearing and not listening. In communication, listening demands an effort from the person doing it, and this is required in making an impression on people that their ideas matter. Listening as a communication skill has a way of fostering human relationship and understanding in both the workplace and at home. Employers can do this through regular feedbacks to their employees. Colleagues can show respect by encouraging dialogue and making people feel comfortable sharing.
Other Tips are:
Embrace the opinions and suggestions of co-workers with courtesy, politeness, and kindness.
Encourage co-workers to express ideas freely.
Everyone should be given a chance at expressing their viewpoint without interruption.
Never insult any co-worker; also avoid name calling as this can be a morale killer.
Be generous in your praise but miserly in your criticism. However, avoid being patronising too.
Hold yourself to a high standard of emotional intelligence.