Published on July 31st, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings

How Respected Are You At Work?

The average person spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime which is the equivalent of more than 11 years of solid slog. With these statistics in mind, it is easy to see why a significant proportion of employees say work is their main source of stress in life; therefore identifying ways to make work as pleasurable an experience as possible seems entirely logical.

To this end, it is often said that gaining respect from colleagues in the workplace is one of the most important factors in order to enjoy a contented work life so grabbing a notepad to jot down some handy hints and tips to achieve this are certainly worth exploring.

Strive to meet deadlines

Demonstrating an ability to consistently meet deadlines they have been tasked with will show an individual is responsible and conscientious, thus increasing their likelihood of achieving career progression internally.

Show humility

No-one is perfect so being able to demonstrate and admit flaws will certainly endear an individual to their colleagues. The art of conveying an ability to show a little self-depreciation paired with self-confidence at the same time might seem like a contradiction of sorts but is certainly likely to earn respect from others.

Avoid workplace gossip

Unfortunately, office gossip is prevalent in almost every working environment but spreading rumours and discussing the misfortunes of others will inevitably undermine an individual wishing to be respected as a trustworthy and conscientious employee. Therefore managing sensitive information and steering clear of disrespecting others will stand an individual in higher regard in the long term.

Praise and recognise others

Recognising and praising the contribution of others to the cause will encourage individuals to not only work harder but will also cement a team ethic which is vital for any successful organisation.

Seek opportunities for collaboration

Having the ability to work effectively with different colleagues across all areas of a business requires both an adaptable mindset but also the ability to communicate effectively across multiple levels in an organisation. Though challenging, making strides to collaborate with others by maximising skills and expertise that exist will also inevitably gain the respect of others.

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