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8 Indispensable Ways to Be Respected at Your Job

8 Indispensable Ways to Be Respected at Your Job

Everyone wants to be respected at their job. But the respect of your colleagues and bosses isn’t guaranteed—it has to be earned. And simply doing your job isn’t enough, either. Being a revered member of your company requires hard work, dedication, and a positive demeanor at all times. Workers who are held in the highest esteem exhibit the following characteristics.

1. Display self-confidence.

If you want others to respect you, you have to respect yourself. And you have to exude this respect for yourself by being confident in everything you do. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and take calculated risks that you know will benefit yourself and the company. Others will take notice of how comfortable you are when getting things done, and will treat you with the utmost respect before of it.

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2. Complete tasks ahead of time.

Don’t be the one scrambling to finish a project while others have moved on to the next task. Make sure you know exactly what’s expected of you at all times, then exceed these expectations. Don’t waste time on water-cooler talk and extra-long bathroom breaks; do what you need to do, and do it efficiently. While others are wasting time getting another cup of coffee, you’ll be finished with the task and have enough time to check it over to ensure perfection in your work.

3. Be humble.

When you finish a task ahead of time, don’t gloat about it. You’re at your job; even if you know you did great work, keep in mind you’ve simply done what you were supposed to do regardless of whether or not others around you have done so. When commended for a job well done, keep the attitude that it’s “all in a day’s work.” This shows you’re responsible and don’t look for handouts just because you’ve worked hard.

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4. Respect all co-workers.

Like I said, some of your colleagues will most likely slack off in their work. This doesn’t mean you should look down on them. They might not be as motivated as you are, or they may be going through other personal issues that hold them back from doing their best when at work. Look at them as people first, employees second. Just because you might not respect the work they do doesn’t mean you shouldn’t respect them as people.

5. Praise others.

Not only should you respect others, but you should also praise them for a job well done. Just because they’re not as skilled or driven as you are doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a pat on the back when they complete a task efficiently. Plus, if you’re held in high esteem by others, your kind words will serve as motivation for them to continue working hard.

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6. Build others up.

It can be incredibly easy to look at others who waste time and aren’t as competent as you and write them off as ineffective workers. However, this does nothing to further your own productivity, or the productivity of your company. Your aim should be for your entire team to succeed. If you want that to happen, you have to build other people up. Take time to show them where and how they can improve in their work. If you’ve established yourself as a hard-working, competent individual, they’ll use the time you give them wisely, and will hopefully become more efficient in the process.

7. Don’t gossip.

You should never use the office (or anywhere else for that matter) as a place for gossip. First of all, it’s a waste of time that you could be using to get your work done. Second of all, nobody respects someone who spreads rumors and negative talk about others. You won’t come off as respectable, and you definitely won’t be trusted. In fact, spreading gossip is a surefire way to make others turn on you. If this happens, you can be sure that any mistake you make will immediately be reported to your superior, and you’ll be reprimanded accordingly regardless of how well you’ve been performing otherwise.

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8. Be inclusive.

Along with building others up, don’t shut them out of a group project, either. If you take the reins and do all the work, your colleagues will not only be insulted, but they’ll also be less willing to help in the future. It’s one thing to be a leader of a team, but it’s another to take the team over completely. Delegate tasks accordingly, assist others when needed, and make sure all of your co-workers are pulling their own weight and feel confident in their ability to do so.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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