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Earn Respect at Work 9 simple tricks you should know and use By Jody Anderson Since you spend one third of your life at work, creating a friendly and easy-going workplace atmosphere is at a premium. Among many others, one of the ways to achieve that is to treat your coworkers with respect. As the office savoir vivre is placed somewhere between the formal etiquette and casual manners, we have prepared 9 unique “tricks of the trade” which will hopefully guide you through this intricate notion of displays of respect at work, and prove helpful both on a professional and personal level. 1. Don’t be late. This applies to both arriving at the office on time and timely completing assignments which are part of a bigger task. In case of any unexpected delays always do your best to fix the situation as soon as possible, and promise to make up for it next time. 2. Keep your private life private. Don’t push family and personal life troubles onto your colleagues – your relationships within the workplace should remain purely professional. Also, don’t let your own issues affect the way you work. You’re part of the team and you have to deliver no matter what is happening in your life behind the office doors. 3. Admit when you’re wrong. Everybody makes mistakes. It’s an art to be able to acknowledge and admit them. Trying to blame someone else for your own faults and failures is a road to nowhere, and can only harm your good name and other people’s perception of you. 4. Take the critique well. There is nothing worse than an employee who thinks they know it all. Remaining open to constructive criticism and taking others’ comments to heart is a sign of maturity and, you guessed it, respect. 5. Appreciate others’ effort. Each one of you has a set of tasks to perform, which you get paid for. Yet, that doesn’t change the fact that it is polite and appropriate to say “thank you” or even give a compliment if someone has done a good job on something you later benefited from. 6. Listen carefully. This does not need much explanation – you just simply need to listen to what other people have to say about any issue that you’re currently dealing with. Keep your mind open and don’t dismiss others’ personal opinions. 7. Don’t discriminate. Treating all your colleagues as equal regardless of their social background, gender, race, religion or any other factor is key in creating a healthy bond. Remember – each person has something to bring to the table. 8. Be part of a team. You and your coworkers are all part of one group that is driven towards the same goal of mutual success. This is why it is crucial to focus on working together and not separately. Leaving out or ignoring anyone is out of question. 9. Treat others the way you want to be treated. If you feel unsure of how to behave in a certain situation, look inside yourself. Bottom line is, you seek respect just as much as other people do, and therefore are able to determine right from wrong. Showing respect is not a challenging task if you know where to start. Implementing the above tips will definitely make a difference in the way you perceive your coworkers and vice versa. PE Jody Anderson is an experienced Marketing Specialist currently employed by MyShopping, a premier comparison shopping service from Australia. She divides her time between work and expanding her knowledge of the field of e-commerce and marketing. Email Jody@myshopping.com.au 10 Submit your Articles Personal Excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 10.2014


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