Why fair and respect is important in workplace?
Respect reduces stress, maximises productivity and collaboration, increases employee satisfaction, and creates a fair work environment. These factors lead to less employee turnover, improved staff performance, and reduced time and costs spent on training. Achieving an ethically strong workplace involves the cooperation of every employee, from top decision-makers or leaders to entry-level employees.
Ways to show respect in the workplace
Say something- If you see disrespectful or unsafe behaviour that undermines the work environment, speak up. Everyone deserves to be treated respectfully.
Smile- Empathise and be considerate of others. Make it a routine to smile and greet everyone as you arrive at work—it’s a sign of courtesy and kindness.
Say “thank you.” – Show gratitude often by making sure people know you appreciate them and their actions. Give encouragement to show you value your team’s contributions.
Be considerate and discreet – Be mindful of your surroundings. If you work in an open workspace and need to make a phone call, make sure to control your own volume and respect your neighbours.
Apologise– Saying “I’m sorry” (without excuses) is courageous and proves your commitment to your colleagues and to your job.
Participate constructively- Avoid interrupting others and give others your full attention.
Respond in a timely manner- Answer phone calls and emails promptly—this shows people you value their time. Ensure that information is communicated and shared openly as appropriate. Sharing information signals trust and confidence.
Go the extra mile- Sometimes your team needs additional help to get the job done. Offer to pitch in and share the load.