You spend more time at work than you spend awake in your own home. That alone should trouble any sane individual, but if we add the fact that you’re going to do just that well into your 60’s, then you should be a little more troubled. Because you spend so much time at work, you need to carve your own workplace persona. You need to get people to respect you at work, you need to relate well to people for your work to be satisfactory. We’ve got 10 ways to get people to respect you at work, so read on and tell us what you think!
10. Be Inspired
It’s not that hard to find inspiration at work, but sometimes in order to get things to go smoothly at work and to earn people’s respect you need to be inspired and come up with new ideas all the time. If your work doesn’t require you to be inspired and creative, then you need to find new ways to get things done, to always seek to improve yourself and your work.
9. Avoid Office Gossip
It’s easy to get sucked into office gossip, because you tend to become so familiar with your colleagues that you get the feeling it’s OK to gossip and get involved where you shouldn’t. Always remind yourself that you should act like a professional and that office gossip is harmful and petty.
8. Set Boundaries
People who let themselves get pushed around don’t inspire respect. If you set clear boundaries, then people will not only respect them, but they’ll also respect you. A person who knows what they want out of their work and office relationships is a person who will garner respect.
7. Work with Your Colleagues
Working with your colleagues and not above them is the best way to get people to respect you at work. If you’ve got people working for you, don’t act like a boss, act like a leader. Be a team and help your colleagues feel like you’re a part of the team. If you fail, they’ll also fail to respect you and your work will suffer.
6. Take Care of Yourself
Asking for respect is always better if you show respect for yourself. Take care of yourself, physically and mentally. Try to be and look confident and people will take your example. If you’re working in an office which requires no dress code, don’t come to work in shorts and slippers, because your clothes speak for yourself… always.
5. Have a Voice
When you’ve got something to say in the workplace, then say it, even if nobody asked for your opinion. Most likely, they will want to know what you think, but if they don’t and you feel deep inside that you should voice your thoughts on the matter, do it. People will understand that you are a strong individual and that your opinion should matter.
4. Respect Other People’s Work
Always give credit where credit is due. There are many situations in an office where you may not like everyone or get along splendidly with someone, but when it comes to work, you should never let that get in the way. Acknowledge people’s work and appreciate it, it will matter in the long run!
3. Do More
If you like what you do, then doing more of it won’t really seem like a chore. Sometimes people who push themselves too much will seem eager to please, so try to keep a balance and not throw your work in people’s faces. Work hard and people will respect you!
2. Take Time to Show You Care
If all you care about at work is work, then you won’t succeed. You need to take time off for your colleagues; ask them how they are, show you care about them, try to help them if you may suspect something might be wrong. People are much more important than work, if you keep that in mind, you’ll be worthy of respect.
1. Be Patient
Patience is the best way to get people to respect you at work. If you are calm and don’t rush things, you’ll not only get your work done better, but people will look up to you and respect you. If you’re not a calm individual by nature, try to relax and take things easy. Make an effort to be patient, maybe even try some meditation techniques.
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