Respect has a clear impact on employee engagement

Respect has a clear impact on employee engagement

Posted by Torben Rick | December 27, 2014 | Employee Engagement, Leadership
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Leadership and respect – Respect pays off

It’s incredibly important to convey respect when leaders interacting with their employees. While that may seem obvious, unfortunately not nearly enough leaders do it.

In a study of nearly 20,000 employees around the world by Harvard Business Review, 54 percent of respondents said they did not feel that they regularly got respect from their leaders.

Those that get respect from their leaders reported:

  • 56% better health and well-being
  • 1.72 times more trust and safety
  • 89% greater enjoyment and satisfaction with their jobs
  • 92% greater focus and prioritization, and 1.26 times more meaning and significance

Respect has a clear impact on employee engagement

When it comes to garnering commitment and engagement from employees, there is one thing that leaders need to demonstrate: Respect.

Respect has an clear impact on employee engagementSo the question remains, why do so few bosses treat their employees with adequate respect? Some leaders argues that they are too busy and don’t have time to be nice or that other leaders in their organization act similarly.

According to Porath, the real reason leaders fail to act respectfully is a lack of self-awareness:

More often people just do not realize how they affect others

she writes in Harvard Business Review:

They may have good intentions, but they fail to see how they are perceived

But being treated with respect is in many cases more important to employees than recognition and appreciation, communicating an inspiring vision, providing useful feedback – even opportunities for learning, growth and development.

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Torben Rick

Experienced senior executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement, development and change management. International experience from management positions in Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

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