According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), only one thing is more important than money! In the 2017 Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement1 survey results, SHRM reports that “the largest percentage of respondents have indicated that respectful treatment of all employees at all levels was a very important contributor to their job satisfaction.”
Turns out, 65% of respondents say that respect for others is more important than overall compensation. Unfortunately, only 38% say they are actually satisfied with how respect for others is demonstrated within their organizations.
What’s the disconnect? Could it be that we define respect as “a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements?”2 Of course, it’s normal to have a certain amount of admiration for those who have something we don’t; yet to truly respect someone, we must consider them completely equal regardless of their abilities, qualities, or achievements?
Here are a few ways to show respect in the workplace:
- Be Nice: The size of your box on the org chart does not dictate the amount of respect you receive, but the amount of respect you give! Perform an act of kindness, dare I say, beneath your official duties.
- Be Positive: An attitude of judgment contradicts an attitude of respect. Judgment is helpful when evaluating performance or a pie chart. Respect dictates that we consider individuals important and valued because they are human beings, PERIOD.
- Be Realistic: Not everyone knows what it means to truly treat others with respect and you may find yourself being an example, rather than a benefactor. This is a nice way of saying, “Take the high road– always!”
According to the SHRM study, the most important contributor to job satisfaction for three years in a row is “respectful treatment of all employees at all levels.” Organizations simply can’t pay enough to compensate for disrespect. Leaders must understand abilities, qualities, and achievements of team members. They must also regard all team members at all levels as equal, regardless of abilities, qualities, or achievements.
1 Check out the Executive Summary of the 2017 Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement and find out who has more job satisfaction: Millennials or Generation Xers? Executives or individual contributors?
3 Stay tuned for the “SYNERGY GROUP: What You Missed” video and learn more about the elevator ride that made a woman cry!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman (PMP, PCC) is a speaker, author, and leadership coach with Leading Synergies. She hosts global masterminds, called Synergy Groups, for REALLY BUSY Christians leading with powerful confidence and humble hearts. She works with high-performing leaders focused on organizational effectiveness by refining strategy, inspiring teams, and delighting clients. Michelle specializes in the areas of information technology, project management, franchise management, and business as mission. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 21 years.