The Role of Respect in a Transformative Company Culture

4th March 2022

UKZN Extended Learning

– by Nkosingiphile Ntshangase

Employees at all levels of seniority should understand the importance of respect within the organisation. Being respectful is instrumental in establishing healthy working conditions, as when employees feel respected, they know that their accomplishments are valued. When employees are valued and respected, positive work cultures are produced, and employees are motivated to work at their best. However, conflicts may occur from time to time at all levels of the hierarchy that may negatively impact productivity. Working in diverse teams with different personalities, perspectives, and operating styles can create tension. Regardless of level, encouraging respect for each team member’s role may mean that these hurdles could progress the organisation.

Showing respect involves expressing appreciation for someone’s traits or qualities and treating them with dignity. Mutual respect plays a crucial role in the workplace, and the more revered employees feel, the more respect they reciprocate. Having a respectful working environment offers many opportunities for growth within a team. Showing esteem for your colleagues is the first step toward encouraging them to share their ideas on different issues and practical solutions to organisational matters.

An organisation that values its employees and helps them develop personally and professionally will more often retain those employees. Furthermore, employees that feel respected and happy within their roles are far more likely to treat their team members with the respect and care they deserve. Respectful environments prevent favouritism and allow everyone to voice their opinions. Through listening and communicating, you will cultivate a conducive environment for employees to thrive and an atmosphere of respect in the team. As everyone begins to work together harmoniously, business activities should also improve and grow.