Induction training in any organization is given due importance. One of the major topics a training manager should focus on is corporate etiquette. Fostering mutual respect at the workplace falls under an important agenda that needs to be added in the induction-training checklist.
WHY Foster Mutual Respect at the Workplace?
Most business owners and corporate leaders are of the opinion “money” is what matters the most to their employees. Being a business owner, have you ever asked your employees what is the most important thing they desire from their current organization? “Respect” is something that matters the most to them and ranks higher than “money”.
Today’s workplace includes people from all backgrounds, irrespective of their caste, creed, and religion. Moreover, nearly a third of our time is spent at our workplace. The nature of the working environment has changed over the years and organizational dynamics have witnessed a dramatic shift in the way employees are treated. While there is hierarchy in any organization, it is important to foster a culture of respect where there is a mutual regard and appreciation among employees, especially when it comes to the relationship between a manager and his team members.
An old adage says “United we stand, Divided we fall”. It is important to concentrate on fostering a stronger and better relationship among team members. It is only possible when they know each other well and have mutual respect for each other as individual human beings. This helps build strong relationships within the organization.
One way to include this in the induction training is to have small role-plays among employees and give them a case-study to understand the importance of mutual respect among employees.
HOW to Foster Mutual Respect at the Workplace?
Organizations should facilitate open communication. It helps employees know each other well, fosters involvement, and builds trust. Care should be taken to ensure no individual is undermined, especially during meetings. Respecting the opinions and views of every individual, even if there are mutual differences, helps foster a culture of respect within the organization.
The organization’s value and mission statement placing due emphasis on the following: respect, equality, and integrity also reminds employees of their responsibilities towards their colleagues. Any rules and regulations should be equally binding of every employee without any room for bias.
Being sensitive to cultural differences is necessary. One needs to be cautious while choosing words. Often, a wrong selection may prove to be disastrous. Words acceptable in one culture may not be acceptable in other cultures and may even hurt their sentiments. This could create friction between employees in a multicultural organization. It would be a good idea to have a cultural orientation for new employees so that they are better integrated into the system.
People tend to have pre-conceived ideas about certain groups or individuals and tend to make assumptions about them based on these views. This tendency needs to be avoided and discouraged to create mutual respect and trust among employees. Any derogatory remarks that may hurt religious, social, or cultural sentiments should be strongly discouraged.
All these points should become a part of the induction training.
WHAT Benefits Can Mutual Respect Bring to the Organization?
1. Mutual Respect Breeds Profitability
Respect among employees breeds collaboration, synergy, and co-operation. These are the essential ingredients for delivering greater profitability, quality, and productivity.
2. Respect Reduces Conflict
A harmonic balance is important among employees. In a diverse workplace, practicing mutual respect reduces conflict among employees, improves employee morale and job satisfaction, thus triggering the bottom line.
3. Ensures Better Knowledge Transfer
The more employees gel with each other, the better knowledge transfer among them.
To summarize, fostering mutual respect among employees is a must to make your workplace the best to work for.
Do you want see your workplace among the top and get listed in the front pages of a renowned magazine? Foster mutual respect at the workplace and create a harmonic relationship among employees.