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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 November 19, 2018

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

I went through a personal experience that acted as a catalyst for an epiphany. When I got fired from a job, I learned something important about myself and where I was headed with my freelance career. I realized that the most important aspect of that one rather small job was the influence of the company owner. I realized that I wasn’t hurt that the company and I weren’t a perfect match; I was devastated by the stark fact that I needed a mentor and I had almost found one but lost her.

Suddenly, I felt like J.D., the main character in “Scrubs,” chasing Dr. Cox and trying to rip insight and wisdom from someone I respect. The realization that a recognized thought-leader and experienced entrepreneur severed ties with me felt crushing. But, I picked myself back up and thought about five ways to acquire a mentor without having the awkwardness of outright asking.

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1. Remember, a professional mentorship must be mutual.

A professional mentor must agree to engage in a mutual relationship because, as the comedy T.V. series showed us, one simply cannot force someone to tutor us. We have to prove that we are worth the time investment through persistence and dedication to the craft.

2. You have to have common interests with your mentor.

Even if a professional mentor appears at your job or school, realize that unless you and this person have common interests, you won’t find the relationship successful. I’ve been in situations where someone I respected had vastly different ideas about what was important in life or what one should spend his or her free time doing. If these things don’t line up, you may find the relationship won’t be as fruitful, even when the mentor knows a great deal about one industry.

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3. Thought-leaders will respect your passion.

One of the ways you can prove yourself worthy to a professional mentor is through your passion and your dedication. No one wants to spend time grooming and teaching another who will not take advice or put the effort in to improve. When following thought-leaders on Twitter and trying to engage with higher-ups in a work setting, realize that your actions most often speak louder than your words.

4. Before worrying if he respects you, ask if you respect him.

On the other side of the coin, you should seriously reflect on those common interests and make sure you respect your professional mentor. Just because someone holds a title, degree or office does not mean that person is trustworthy or honest. Don’t be swayed by appearances and take the time to find a suitable professional mentor.

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5. Failure is often the best way to learn

I honestly have made more mistakes than I can count. I know I’ve learned a great deal from poorly organized businesses and my own poor choices. The most important quality I’ve developed is an ability to swallow my pride and learn from my mistakes. If life knocks me down nine times, I get back up 10 times. One of the songs Megadeth wrote, “Of Mice and Men,” resonates in my mind when I pull myself up by my bootstraps and try again for a goal I’ve set: “So live your life and live it well. There’s not much left of me to tell. I just got back up each time I fell.” Hopefully, this brief post can act as a professional mentor to you in your quest to find not only a brave leader but also a trusted adviser.

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