Originally published by Kimberlee Courtney, CCI Consulting

What Does a Respectful Trusting Workplace Look Like?

A respectful workplace is one where all employees are valued, recognized, treated fairly, have clear expectations, and work harmoniously. It is an inclusive environment where ideas are acknowledged and celebrated, communication is open, conflicts are addressed early and resolved, and where there is a shared mindset around the organization’s values and policies.

Tips to Create and Maintain a Positive and Respectful Workplace Culture

A respectful workplace culture is not only lawful but is key for building on a company’s success and brand. A positive workplace where employees treat one another with respect and courtesy is far more likely to operate at high levels of productivity. A workplace where employees feel disrespected is likely to experience high rates of turnover, low levels of productivity and engagement, and decreased morale. Employees who experienced rude or disrespectful behavior at work intentionally decreased their work effort, spent less time at work, decreased the quality of their work, and are less committed.

5 Tips to Create and Maintain a Respectful Workplace Culture

Creating a culture of respect and respect starts at the top. Leaders must define, communicate, and model the types of behaviors that their organization embraces, as well as articulate those it will not tolerate. Shifting the current culture and behaviors of a workforce is not something that will happen overnight, therefore, it’s important that you have a clear strategy in place to build a respectful, harassment-free culture. Here are Five effective steps to build a culture of respect in your workplace.

  1. Define the Culture

First step in building a respectful workplace culture is to define it. Determine the core values, valued behaviors, and engagement levels you desire in your organization, as well as those you will not tolerate. Once the desired culture is outlined, you will need to assess your current work culture to identify the gaps. Knowing what your culture looks like today is necessary to develop an action plan to cultivate the respectful workplace culture you desire.

  1. Lead by Example

Leadership has a strong influence on how people behave. As a leader of your organization, you need to model and encourage the behaviors you seek as well as act when inappropriate conduct occurs.

  1. Involve Your Employees

Remember that culture is shaped by the beliefs and behaviors of the work force. While leadership sets the tone, employees also contribute to the organizational culture. When employees feel valued and included, they are more engaged, productive, and committed to the organization.

 Involve your employees by sharing your action plan and asking for their feedback. Provide them with opportunities to share what’s most important to them in a workplace environment, how they want to be recognized and rewarded, and how they prefer to communicate. This will promote an transparent and open culture which allows you to understand how your employees view your current company culture and can bring to light issues you may not be aware of. Engaging your employees in the culture shaping process goes a long way in earning their trust as a leader.

  1. Provide Training

Along with anti-harassment trainings that educate employees on identifying and preventing harassment in the workplace, seek out additional training opportunities that focus on creating a culture of respect in your workplace. The purpose of these trainings is to equip all levels of employees with the knowledge, tools, and confidence needed to cultivate a civil and respectful workplace environment.

  1. Check in Regularly

Your culture is a living, breathing part of your organization that develops and changes over time as your business grows. To maintain a positive culture, your organization’s core values need to be lived day in and day out by everyone.  It’s essential especially with new employees entering your company to keep an active pulse on the behaviors, perceptions, and concerns of everyone in the organization to ensure you’re maintaining a positive workplace culture. Regularly send out employee surveys, allowing employees to anonymously provide their feedback and opinions on their work environment and team members, as well as express any concerns or issues they may be experiencing.

 

By implementing these tips, you’ll be well on your way to building a respectful workplace where everyone feels they are an integral part of the company and are committed to the organization, its values, and goals.

 

Travis Jones

CEO – Career Development Partners

 

Travis Jones - CEO of Career Development Partners    Travis has been an entrepreneur and business owner in Tulsa for over 30 years. He is a certified Life Options Retirement Coach and is certified to facilitate and deliver the Manager As Coach Learning Series (MACLS) through CPI. He is also a certified Career Coach and DiSC Certified . He previously served on the board of Career Partners International (CPI) an equity partner in CPI, offering a global reach with over 350 offices