January 2003      Vol. 12, No. 1  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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Earning the Respect of Your Employees
Improved coaching and good managing provide the basic means of “earning the respect” of your employees. Individuals respect others whom they admire for their effectiveness and from whom they learn – adding to their skills and knowledge.

The list below, “How to Earn the Respect of Your Employees,” shows you 10 additional ways. It includes little things, actions to take – in fact they are mostly just good “common sense” in dealing with people.

The list has served as a reminder to many owners and managers. Many have also found it of special assistance when they’ve had difficulty with a problem employee, one who they felt had not gained proper respect.

How to Earn the Respect of Your Employees:
  • Express Appreciation for Actions Performed
  • Be Fair and Consistent in Performance
  • Keep an Even Disposition
  • Follow the Rules – Set Example
  • Avoid Reminding Others of the Obvious
  • Don’t Swear or Tell Off-Color Jokes
  • Show Respect for Others – Their Ideas
  • Know the Job – Extent of Authority
  • Refrain from Negative Criticism
  • Admit Mistakes – “Big People” Do

 Source: National Institute of Small Business, SBweek, January 16, 2001.
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