5 Ways to Show Respect

“R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find out what it means to me.”

Aretha Franklin proudly spelled out the word in song, but how do you show respect to others you encounter in your daily life and workplace?  Many non-profits may try to show respect for their employees and volunteers, but may mistake genuine respect for being polite and considerate.  Here are five tips to keep in mind.

1. Listen.

I mean, really listen.  Of course you might be busy, but find a time when you can intentionally listen to the person and share their problems for a bit.

2.  Make eye contact.

Looking someone in the eye while they are talking shows that you are engaged in the conversation.  You can react to their facial expressions and quickly convey what you are feeling about what they are saying.  It lets them know that they have your full attention.

3. Be on time.

Nothing says “Your time is valuable to me” like being on time to a meeting or appointment.  You know how it makes you feel when someone is late to meet with you. Apply the golden rule, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

4. Be encouraging.

For some people, it takes a great deal of courage to share an idea.  It can be easy to shoot down an idea that someone is very excited about or make them feel unimportant.  Genuinely encourage others to show that you truly value them and their ideas.

5. Create a learning environment.

Building into people shows that you respect them.  Giving them the materials they need to learn something new and then showing them how to do it are both important in creating the atmosphere to learn.

Of course, there are many more ways to show respect.  How do you show respect to others?

For more tips, check out the full article here.

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