A happy workplace is one where things get done on time and correctly. Mutual respect is important, no matter what your occupation. Often that starts with you. Knowing that it is your responsibility, as much as anyone else, to maintain such a harmonious environment can help ensure that it continues. You’re a team and everyone must be their part to bring about mutual success.
Here are two things to keep in mind:
Think about others and their situation
Remember in childhood when your mother told you, “treat others the way you would want to be treated”? Well, that old adage still holds true in adulthood. Before you get mad at a colleague and belittle them, consider their situation. Chances are, there is a good reason why they fell short of reaching their goal or fulfilling their end of an assignment. If you were in their shoes, you would want someone to give you the benefit of the doubt before sounding off, so do the same for them. When you go this route, it not only maintains the workplace symmetry, but can also help to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.
No bullies allowed
Some supervisors believe in using force of personality to “keep everyone in line.” The problem with that approach is quite obvious: who honestly respects a bully? You might fear them and do what it takes to keep them off of your back, but you don’t want to spend any more time than possible with them. That is not a relationship conducive to collaboration or doing your best work.
The best approach is to maintain a chain of command, but listen, be open to change, and treat everyone with the same degree of respect and consideration. Everyone should have a voice and not be afraid to use it.