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How Respect At Home Leads To Respect In The Office

Morale in the workplace is a major problem for some corporations, but less of an issue for others. What do positive environs have that is missing elsewhere? Can strong morale positively affect finance? Perhaps it is the respect employees have for each other and which the employer has for his/her staff which makes the greatest difference.

What Respect Looks Like

ID-100109145Respecting people means showing concern for their well being and feelings. It means speaking honestly to their faces, not permitting gossip and division to creep in.

Imagine a playground where one crowd is always at the side gossiping, staring around, pointing, and giggling. They always leave someone, or a group of kids, feeling left out and ridiculed. They might also intimidate, insist on getting their way or take advantage of others.

The same sort of thing goes on in offices all the time. Certain people start rumors and make fellow employees feel unwanted. Their behavior implies that finance and paper filing would carry on fine without them.

Respect at Home

Respect in the home means listening when someone is speaking. It means showing consideration when someone’s need is greater than yours, not only because he handles finance and controls the bank account. Simple acts of respect include calling when you are going to be late home from school, a friend’s house, or from work. The person who completes housework feels respected when members of the family tell him the house looks clean and tries to pick-up after him or herself.

Most homes are made up of more than one “bread winner” these days. A respectful group of people does not look around to see who earns the most. Finance does not play a part in respect.

Communication is important. Respectful individuals tell each other what they need. A passive aggressive attitude sets one up for the trap of not passing some kind of unwritten, unspoken test. Information needs to be clear and timely.

If there is a leader of the household, such as the father or grandparent, this person should be shown deference. In return, he should be fair and communicate effectively. Clearly, when all of this breaks down, there are problems.

Those kinds of problems can be seen in the lives of people who did not grow up in respectful families. They did not have to communicate to their parents and there was no consequence for bad manners or poor performance (at school, with chores, etc.). There does not need to be a connection to finance at home for the business world to feel the repercussions of a tense and discordant upbringing.

Relating this to Finance

In a world where finance is the most important thing, it can seem like people are just numbers. Your employees keep the machine running smoothly, but they are only cogs. This kind of attitude makes people feel unimportant. They become disaffected and their day at work is soon just about earning money. If they don’t feel that what they are contributing is appreciated they begin just putting in the hours and possibly look for opportunities elsewhere. Unhappy staff members are not loyal and it shows in their work.

Your professional hierarchy can also make some staff members feel like peasants in a feudal world. Finance should never come before people, but there are those who feel that information and consideration do not trickle down fully from the top.

Yet, a professional office is still a place of business and discipline. The best run offices have hierarchies, but each person feels important. The most successful corporations are headed up by CEOs, presidents, managers, and supervisors who understand the value of telling staff members when there are changes coming up and making them feel like part of a family.

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