Have you ever worked for a boss who took your efforts and contributions for granted? If so, you’re not alone. According to our latest Employee Engagement Report, not even one out of every three workers feels strongly valued by the companies they work for.
Have you ever worked next to a colleague who was mean and disrespectful? You probably weren’t inspired to hop out of bed and get to the office as soon as possible every morning.
Suffice it to say, it’s difficult to be enthusiastic about your job and reaching your full potential if your manager isn’t grateful for the work you do — even to the point that they don’t give you the respect you deserve. The same goes for working with a colleague who behaves as though you’re beneath them.
It’s difficult for workers to be fully engaged if their managers or coworkers don’t treat them with respect. For those employees, work simply becomes a place to go to collect a paycheck. Forget about going above and beyond or taking any initiative.
In dynamic startups and fast-paced work environments, respect can be in short supply. It’s often an afterthought, but it plays a critical role in employee engagement. When bosses treat their employees with respect — and coworkers do the same to each other — companies benefit in myriad ways, including:
Respect plays a critical role in improving employee engagement. As a result of stronger relationships, increased involvement, and healthier morale, company productivity improves too. Workers don’t dread showing up to the office each day. Rather, they are excited to work hard with their colleagues, supporting each other every way they can. If that’s not a healthy team, what is?