Being successful in our careers is a goal that any people strive to. Gaining respect in our professional lives is part and parcel of this goal. However gaining respect across your industry, your business and your office can be difficult. Many people simply go about it the wrong way which can often have detrimental results. Earning respect back after losing it is much harder than building respect from indifference or unfamiliarity. The following tips should help you on your way to earning respect in your workplace.
By showing your colleagues your passion for your company and encouraging others to do the same will exude confidence. Being confident and positive will make you a person to look up to and approach in your workplace. Think about it no manager or director will take notice of someone who is constantly standing back to let others take the lead, or not speaking up or simply doubting themselves in various situations. However being confident is not the same as knowing it all. It’s important not to brag or to give off arrogant vibes.
Meeting deadlines shows your colleagues and your management that you are a responsible team member who can be relied on. This will allow people to trust you and will most likely result in people coming to you for help with certain projects since they know your reputation for impressive timekeeping. If you feel that a deadline is too tight and there is no possible way to meet it you should try your best to find a tactful way to communicate this early on.
You should be able to admit when you are wrong and be able to admit to your flaws where necessary. Nobody is perfect. If you make a mistake it doesn’t make you any less professional or takeaway all your achievements. You will gain more respect by being humble as opposed to denying you ever make mistakes. Like many aspects of earning respect there is a fine line to tread with this one. You shouldn’t focus on your shortcomings or mention them often. Once you have admitted you were wrong in that specific circumstance, rectify and move on. Dwelling on mistakes will make you seem negative and insecure.
Every one of your colleagues is different, and will learn things differently or even take different lengths of time to learn new things. Praise others when they complete a task or learn something new and always be polite and patient when helping others, even if you are repeating yourself. If you become known as the person that people can go to for help you will certainly build up respect amongst your colleagues. Word of this will likely eventually reach your superiors as well.
Always conduct yourself in a professional manner. Don’t repeat gossip, and certainly don’t reveal too much about your private life if it could jeopardise the way people view you at work. This is especially important at office parties. It will be difficult to earn respect back after you have said something rude or inappropriate.