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Respect From the Boss: Less Than 50 Percent of Employees Are Feeling the Love

Posted on: December 4th, 2014 | Category: Employee Relations, Human Resources, Our Blog, Talent Management

Feeling respected by your employer has been linked to higher employee engagement, employee productivity and employee retention. Sadly, 54% of employees surveyed by Harvard Business Review and author Tony Schwartz reported that they don’t regularly get enough respect from their leaders.

“Whether it is due to stressful work cultures, overworked managers or some other condition, the lack of communicated respect in the form of praise, personal interest or even simple civility can create a sense of disconnect within a team, especially when it comes from the top down,” says Tina Hamilton, PHR, president of myHR Partner. “Being nice is very important. It registers clearly with your workforce, and it’s impactful.”

According to the Harvard Business Review, that study of nearly 20,000 employees around the world found that showing employees respect did indeed have a bigger impact on employees than any other behavior by leaders. From HRB.org:

Being treated with respect was more important to employees than recognition and appreciation, communicating an inspiring vision, providing useful feedback — even opportunities for learning, growth, and development.

Those that get respect from their leaders reported 56% better health and well-being, 1.72 times more trust and safety, 89% greater enjoyment and satisfaction with their jobs, 92% greater focus and prioritization, and 1.26 times more meaning and significance. Those that feel respected by their leaders were also 1.1 times more likely to stay with their organizations than those that didn’t.

Respect also had a clear impact on engagement. The more leaders give, the higher the level of employee engagement: People who said leaders treated them with respect were 55% more engaged.

Simple Ways to Show a Little Respect

These may seem like small matters of etiquette, but they can go a long way in employee relations. And why not make the people who help you run your business feel better about their workplace.

  • Make sure you know everyone’s first name that you work with regularly
  • Personally acknowledge accomplishments, face-to-face
  • Use an employee’s preferred nickname
  • Send personalized thank you, condolence and other notes
  • Listen to suggestions, and thank people for them
  • Don’t swear
  • Don’t belittle employees in front of their peers
  • Make eye contact

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