Listen Now: Office Respect
Looking for respect at work? Worry less about being liked.
Lynn Taylor is an International Business Expert and author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant.” Michael Kerr is an international business speaker and author of “The Humor Advantage.” Both say in order to be respected at work, keep your word and don’t worry about pleasing everyone with your decisions.
Here’s another way to earn a little admiration? Respect other people. Taylor says it’s important to treat everyone the same regardless of whether their job title is above or below yours.
Also keep your promises and deadlines, make sure people know they can count on you, and if possible meet those deadlines earlier than expected. Kerr says being honest and direct is also an important part of respect. Even if the person you’re talking to doesn’t agree with your position, the key is to be assertive in a constructive way.
One of the harder things to do is admitting your mistakes. It’s easy to take ownership when things go well but acknowledging you messed up goes a long way, especially when you’re the person in charge.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.