Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Gaining respect the right way

All of us when we go up in the official ladder to higher positions of responsibility wish to gain respect from all in the work place. We also like people to respect us not by the positions we hold but by virtue of our own personality and personal traits. Respect is always earned by our actions while obedience is enforced. It is not uncommon to see workers and subordinate officials bow in deference to a boorish and arrogant superior. This is more out of fear for the harm he can do than genuine regard for the individual.
There are a few basic principles to gain respect from employees.
Do not try to be popular: When tough decisions are to be taken, the path of least resistance is always a chosen route and a busy boulevard. Bosses are afraid to hurt the sentiments of a large number of people and would like to be known as humane. But it is good to remember decisions are to be taken on the merits of the case for the good of the company and the long term interests of the employees. Cheap popularity and wise decisions are not always compatible.
Be strict in enforcing discipline: Good discipline should be consistent, without fear or favour and always with prior warning of the penalty for wrong doing. It should be fair and commensurate with the violation. The penalty should be given immediately after the violation and can be identified directly to the misconduct. It should be impartial with no blue eyed boys getting away Scot free. A boss who follows these principles would command greater respect than one who is erratic and selective in dispensing punishments.
Be a role model : Never put yourself in compromising situations in all things you do. Be they in dealing with office stationary, being punctual, dealing with lady staff, businesslike meetings, and efficiency in work, relations with peers or bosses and the polite language employed. Remember you are being watched all the time by your employees. They keep learning from you. There are no separate yardsticks to judge people.
Avoid favours from subordinates: We often come across managers sending employees to do personal errands on their behalf during duty hours. Unconsciously this puts them in obligation to them. A quid pro quo is expected and some leniency or favour demanded. The other employees tend to know the happenings. This brings down the boss from their esteem. As a rule do not employ subordinates for personal work. It is also good to avoid socializing with them like playing cards or drinking beer with subordinates after office hours. But bosses should invariably attend employees’ weddings or commiserating with them at their homes on their bereavements. The boss should be seen as a mentor and well wisher

23 comments:

  1. Very useful tips to people who work in the corporate sector Sir.

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  2. Hope the post will be read by all First among equals.

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  3. Very True, I agree v u. This indeed is a lesson for all those who r involved in the corporate world!

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  4. Very True, I agree v u. This indeed is a lesson for all those who r involved in the corporate world!

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  5. Very True, I agree v u. This indeed is a lesson for all those who r involved in the corporate world!

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  6. Very True, I agree v u. This indeed is a lesson for all those who r involved in the corporate world!

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  7. Very nice post sir. Valuable advice for those on the top ladder.Thanks for sharing!

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  8. It's better to use our hearts(i.e friendly approach)than our power to get what we want.It will be better in the long run.Useful post for gaining respect.

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  9. It reminds me of my boss who invariably does most of the things you have specified in your post.He grows in stature in my eyes after reading your post :)

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  10. hmmm all this time I wanted to follow one such blog.
    keep it up
    take care

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  11. Must be really hard to be a good boss..Will keep all these points in mind if I ever become an employer:-)

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  12. you seem to have forgotten about this place here .....

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  13. WOW! I think i reached this place very late...anyway planning to visit this blog quite often.....Thanks for the visit and comments Parthasarathi

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  14. Useful post for all those in power and aspiring to grow in their career. Thanks for dropping by at my blog. This blog should be updated on a regular basis. The other one with short stories is also nice. Will bookmark both

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  15. Dear Sarathi,
    I could well relate to this.In my Long years of service (37 years)I had many a chances to practice this. Good Post.

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  16. thanku dear.. will keep this in mind..starting off my career now and in the verge of entering corporate world:)

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  17. A great read!! With your permission I am just making a few bullet points out of this, take a print out and keep it near on my table :)

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  18. those are a remarkable set of tips for anybody in the corporate world. After a long time on this page and I see the short stories have given way to write ups!!

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  19. ya...remarkable set of tips for anybody in the corporate world..absolutely..thanks for sharing and keep up the good work buddy:)

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