In honor of the late, great Aretha Franklin, I would like to touch on the subject of respect in the workplace. What does it look like to respect your co-workers?
Simply put, listen to them. In one of my previous post I talked about the difference between listening and hearing someone. So, listen to your colleagues. If you still don’t understand what I mean by that, think of it this way: Treat others the way you would your grandma. If you asked your grandma for something and you had to ask her more than once or she didn’t understand what you meant, you wouldn’t blow-up on her. You would be patient. Be patient with those you work with, even if that means being frustrated from time to time. Don’t show your frustration. Ask if there is a better way to communicate if they aren’t understanding. Remember the first time you sent your grandma a text and it took 3 days to get her to text back “okay” from her flip phone? Just because you are familiar with industry terms and software doesn’t mean others understand. Maybe it’s as simple as having them turn up their hearing aids.
Have a funny email you want to send to someone in your office? Awesome! Would your grandma be okay with being sent that email? There seems to be some grey area surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace lately, or at the very least questionable behavior amongst men in high ranking positions. Think of each of your colleagues as your grandma and it becomes pretty clear what’s okay and what’s not. Telling someone you like their haircut is great! Hitting on them is not. Racial slurs, smoking narcotics, or drinking on the job, not appropriate either.
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Take care, TCB”
TCB – Take care of business. If there is something you can handle on your own, take care of it. If you know someone else can do it better, ask them. You wouldn’t offer to make your grandma cookies if your grandma was the one who gave you the recipe. At the same time, you wouldn’t ask her to clean out your gutters for you. She may be in great health and capable, but why would you risk something going wrong? Take care of business when you can. When you can’t don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t miss this point. Knowing what you can handle could be one of the most important skills you can acquire but knowing who is more capable and delegating can be equally as important.
None of the things I’ve talked about in this post are groundbreaking or new concepts, but it’s nice to have a gentle reminder every once in awhile. Speaking of, if you haven’t reached out to your grandparents lately, give them a call today and thank them for any lessons they’ve given to you. I promise you’ll make their day by calling them. Take it from someone who has no biological grandparents left, you won’t regret it.
All I’m askin’
is for a little respect, when you come home. Aretha said it best. Now go put it into practice!