How to Gain the Respect of Your Coworkers

  • If you feel that your actions resulted in negative consequences for someone, always make amend and ask if you can help repair the situation.
  • Treating people fairly reflects well on you. If you have a problem with a coworker, address the problem in a private area or office. Avoid humiliating a coworker in front of others.
  • Shouting and losing your cool are the worst things you can do. Instead, remain calm and gather all the information you need to handle the situation in a composed manner.
  • Take a moment to cool down by going for a walk, getting some coffee, or even just sitting in your car for a few minutes. Once the news has sunk in, then take the steps needed to get the matter resolved.
  • Remaining calm on the job is essential to gaining the respect of your coworkers.
  • Don’t relay gossip. Only pass on information if you know the information is reliable, truthful, and necessary for someone else to know.
  • Avoid talking about coworkers’ personal lives, especially if you’ve been told information in confidence. Remember, if a person was standing in front of you and you wouldn’t say something directly to them, then don’t say it behind their back.
  • Giving credit to your coworkers is honest, fair, and it gains you respect. This quality is one of the attributes shared by great leaders.



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Shawna Lake

Shawna Lake

Founder of Deep End Talent Strategies-keeping job seekers and employers connected to what the other side needs and wants in today’s job market.