How to Create a Respectful Workplace

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A respectful work environment is one in which employees may expect to be treated fairly while working in a safe environment and given the freedom to concentrate on getting the job done correctly. It is easy to define, but establishing and maintaining a "safe" and "respectful" workplace requires sustained concern about and commitment to fairness for all employees. Providing such a work environment is a living project for the employer in general and the manager in particular.

Try to encourage productivity.

Foster collegiality and cooperation among staff members.

Assign employees specific responsibilities.

Show your staff members that you are capable of and willing to be a player as well as a coach when necessary.

Develop a team commitment to completion of work in a timely manner.

Inspire your staff to produce consistently high-quality work.

Provide physically safe working conditions.

Offer avenues through which problems and issues between employees and management may be discussed openly and, when necessary, privately and confidentially.

Allow workers to respectfully express their opinions.

Confront and resolve problems.

Focus on finding solutions for problems rather than assigning blame for them.

Coach workers. Applaud accomplishments. Provide encouraging, constructive criticism.

Tips & Warnings

  • Here is an example of how to define your role in developing a respectful workplace:
  • You will need to speak up when people are not treated fairly and council those who feel disrespected or harassed. Your main role is to convey an environment of openness and peoples' ability to effect change. You will need to assist and help when needed for both simple and complex tasks. You will need to engage and interact with your fellow co-workers no matter how different they may be.

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