Start at the Top.
In organizations that respect employees, senior
managers set an example by showing respect to each other and to their direct
reports. That respect then trickles down throughout the organization, resulting
in an organizational climate of respect and dignity.
Listen to and Act on Employee Suggestions.
Asking for employee input can be a highly
effective way to earn employee respect. But asking is not enough. Ignoring good
suggestions will only exacerbate the problem. It is important that the good
suggestions are used and that employees are given credit for them.
Provide Scheduling Flexibility.
Allowing employees to occasionally come in late,
leave early, or leave and then return in the middle of the day is also a
powerful sign of personal respect.
Treat Employees as Business Partners.
Keeping the financial books closed to employees
and keeping the reasons behind decisions secret also sends the message to
employees that employees are not respected. Practice open book management and
share organizational goals, as well as the plans to achieve them.
There are many ways to reduce costs. Every effort
should be made to use other cost reduction techniques, such as cutting or
eliminating executive bonuses, selling off non-core assets, and cutting other
major expenses such as supplies and raw materials. If layoffs are unavoidable,
make certain that the remaining workforce understands that other remedies were
Invest in Employees as Assets.
Employees feel respected when they see that the
organization is investing in them through training, retraining, and career
Show Real Appreciation.
The annual Christmas Party and year-end bonuses
are rarely viewed by employees as sincere demonstrations of respect and
dignity. It is more important for managers to provide immediate positive
feedback by catching employees in the act of doing good things. Management
should provide recognition for quality work on a regular and ongoing basis.