How to Earn the Respect of Your Staff
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How to Earn the Respect of Your Staff

We ALL have a right to be respected, but this ends when we fail to respect others. Moreover, we should, especially in a Management role, to make sure that employees are mindful of the feelings of others.

We ALL have a right to be respected, but this ends when we fail to respect others. Moreover, we should, especially in a Management role, to make sure that employees are mindful of the feelings of others. The issues that need to be paid attention to are:

  • A respect for the ability of others
  • Giving credit to others for their ability to be able to learn quickly
  • Showing genuine interest in the welfare of others
  • Recognizing that the ideas of others have value
  • Employees who enjoy "kidding" others, but unkindly and at their expense.

Gaining Staff Commitment, and persuading them to buy into your vision

If an organization or team, whatever it's size of composition, is to recognized as succeeding, then the measure of it's success is the level of each team 'members' commitment to the predetermined projects or goals.

Commitment, however, can never be just assumed. It requires focused, ongoing, valid and even brave application to every aspect of a task. Because it is so multifaceted, it can easily be misunderstood and therefore misapplied. However, there are techniques that can be applied in order to attain success:

1. Be crystal clear about what is needed

Nobody can be expected to buy into an idea, action or philosophy, and then commit to it's success, unless they understand it's purpose and implications.

In fact, if you yourself demonstrate any lack of clarity about your path, this will immediately rub off on your staff. Honorable causes will always attract commitment.

2. Actionable Goals and Dedication to their attainment

At the outset, hold a meeting with the people whose commitment your are seeking, and then give them your perspectives about the road ahead, and the desired results. Once the longer term goals have been established, then delineate the short-term results that are expected. They will need to know what will be in it for them individually, and also as a team, as an outcome of their participation. Point out, with enthusiasm, that even the smallest of ambitions need total commitment and cohesion form everybody to realize that final objective.

3. Adopt a problem-solving stance

Employ group facilitation know-how and input to identify and analyze potential blockages to the achievement of goals. Motivate employees to plan expeditiously for the countering and elimination of hold-ups. Get an individual acknowledgement of responsibility and the confirmation of commitment – either verbally or in writing. Reward these actions and distribute them to the entire group.

4. Set achievement Benchmarks

Make a decision as to how both progress and goal attainment can be measured and then recorded. This alone can be a good motivator for reaching higher levels of attainment. A basic tenet of good management is, without doubt: "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it"

5. Be patient, but persistent

Your every action will be monitored and mimicked by others. Any lingering doubts in the minds of employees will be swung either way by whether your actions are positive or negative in the attainment of an expressed goal. ANY attempts aimed at obtaining commitment by vigorous pushing is bound to fail. You need to be pretty decisive if you see that commitment is not forthcoming, and decide either to persevere, change your approach, or just to dump the idea.

6. Encourage networking amongst staff

If you promote a sense of cooperation between staff members, and their need for commitment to each other for success, they will have a number of positive spin-offs. There is likely to be less absenteeism, because each team member will realize that his/her lack of input could affect other participants, immediately, and in the future.

7. Foster a positive workplace environment

A modern, vibey workplace is the place where people want to be, and there is little doubt that a harmonious environment will bring out what is best in people. Moreover, if they have had a say in it's establishment, and therefore feel part of it, commitment will come naturally.

8. Acknowledge Excellence

Any achievement, if recognized in suitable ways, will encourage yet higher attainments, and with it a high level of commitment. Any recognition should not be restricted to individuals, but extended to teams and family members. This sort of all-encompassing support structures will bring overall stability and wide-ranging and ongoing commitment.

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Comments (4)

Your expertise in these matters is shows, Sir. Excellent job Colin.

Thanks Beverly Anne!

Colin you should write a book on business leadership.

Thanks Jerry - I will - just real busy giving classes -- thank goodness :-)