When I interview team members and ask what they want most in the work environment, without a doubt, the number one thing that people say is “respect.” Webster defines respect in the following manner: “A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.” With this definition, can we agree that one earns respect and it is not given freely?
Once employees show that they have the capabilities and the desire to perform - and do so - then they want to be respected, honored, and acknowledged for that. This goes back to the truism that appreciation for talent and for work well done is a powerful motivator of people in the workplace.
People want and need to be appreciated. Yes, appreciation is a more powerful motivator than money. In fact, it is the strongest of all motivators in the workplace today.
One can’t buy respect. It is earned. How does this happen?
Follow those 10 principles and you will always be employed and you will earn the respect of your employer and of your teammates.