I was recently in a position of feeling like I deserved more respect for what I did for the company that I worked for. I notice that a good friend of mine might also be in a similar situation at work right now. If I am wrong so be it, I guess only he would know. This is what I gleaned from my experience:
I kept showing up on time, going above and beyond in the quality of my work, I did this for two full years, and I was able to earn a decent amount of respect. Then management personnel had some changes, and my boss was replaced. Even though there was an immediate drop in the respect I had at work, I kept my quality of work high, and still showed up for work day in and day out on time, and oftentimes early. Doing this for another six months and making no further progress in terms of more respect, I moved myself out of that “relationship.” Let me add that, I was in no way the perfect employee, and there was a little more to me moving on than just what I have written here, but I also did not communicate with my new boss very well.
There are many things that someone can do to earn more respect and honor, because after all both are
given EARNED. The main few that stick out in my head are:
- Show up! If you’re not there when you are expected to be, how would that gain respect or honor? It won’t.
- Go above and beyond expectations. After you show up, do everything as well as you can, think of ways to improve what you do. If there is a process to what you do examine the steps, see if there is somewhere you can improve something either in quality, or speed. If you find something, speak up! Let your boss know you think there is a better way of doing things, and hopefully they trust you enough to at least try your suggestion.
- Be trustworthy. Do what you say you are going to do, and show up on time or even better, be early!
Most people show up to their job, do what they have to do, get through the day, “earn” their paycheck, and get to the weekend. Business owners love workers who pay attention to, study, and try to find ways to improve their jobs. Why? This leads to a more profitable/ competitive company.
If none of this works, then you have to change who the people are that you are looking for more respect from. If you are doing everything you can to help a company, and you feel like you should be getting more respect, but you’re not, then you MUST change your surroundings. Move yourself to a company that appreciates employees who look for ways to improve whatever is around them.
People can understand your words, and read your body language, but no one can read your mind, you have to voice your concerns about any problems you feel you have. Being absent is a form of avoiding an obstacle, and avoiding an obstacle will not do anyone any good. To be successful, one has to overcome many, many obstacles and set-backs, but the thing is, is that you have to be present and clear about your expectations!