4 Ways to Get More Respect at Work

For many, the answer is “no” and that can make life a little more miserable when you’re at work. People may be rude to you or treat you unprofessionally. While this may not bother you too much, it can add up over time and start making you feel angry or even depressed by such behavior.

Whether you’re the lowest ranking person in your work-place or the top boss, here’s one of the easiest ways to garner respect by others: Show respect to them.

Really. It’s often that easy. Model the behavior you want to see from others.

Here are some ways to do it:

  • Use your manners. Say “please” and “thank you” or “excuse__me” if you must interrupt a conversation. Say “hello” and “goodbye” each day while making eye contact. Hold the door for a co-worker, always show up on time and don’t antagonize others with political comments or off-color jokes. If you’re not going to be able to fulfill your commitments (late to work, research not completed, etc.) be honest and let your colleagues know as soon as possible.
  • Be positivePeople feel bombarded with negativity right now, and the person who can offer a positive outlook each day will stand out. Challenge–your-self to find something good to say to each person every day and others will start to respect your opinion. Look for ways to show that you’re a rock-solid person and aren’t going to crumble into whining and negativity and you’ll become an influence on others — a sure way to garner more respect.
  • Respect yourself. You cannot expect others to respect you if you don’t show respect for yourself. Don’t use negative language about yourself, such as “I know I’m not good at this stuff, but ….” or “No one ever listens to me.” Your body language should show self-respect: Shoulders back, head up, neck straight. Wear clothes and hairstyles that make you feel put together — this can take on a variety of forms during these days of Zoom, but the key is to feel strong and confident.
  • Spend time with those you respect. Whether it’s a former teacher, your grandmother, a neighbor or a friend, interacting with those who have your respect will rub off on you – you’ll start to take on more of their attributes and model that respectful demeanor. 

Getting more respect may not happen overnight. But being patient and continuing to show courtesy and grace to others will not only make you feel better — but make you stronger and happier in your career as others recognize and respect your contributions.

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