Respect in the workplace: Why it’s important and how we can help


Blonde man facing away from viewer interviewing young womanBy Sue-Ann Maislin, Senior Consultant, Workplace Learning Solutions.

A respectful workplace creates productive and engaged employees. On the other hand, workplaces where employees feel disrespected experience high levels of turnover, conflict, grievances, and low levels of engagement, attendance and productivity.

The Human Resources Director for one of our clients approached us seeking a solution to the following:

An employee alleged that two colleagues (one of them her supervisor) often made demeaning comments and joked about her appearance, ethnicity and gender.   She asked them to stop but was ignored. One morning, she found an offensive cartoon affixed to her locker; her coworkers and supervisors stood nearby laughing.…