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.
So 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.
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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