A respectful work environment boosts employee morale and creates a more positive, productive workplace. Make professionalism a habit and demonstrate respect with these simple, yet powerful actions:
- Say something. If you see disrespectful or unsafe behavior that undermines the work environment, speak up. Everyone deserves to be treated respectfully.
- Smile. Empathize and be considerate of others. Make it a routine to smile and greet everyone as you arrive at work—it’s a sign of courtesy and kindness.
- Say “thank you.” It may seem like common sense, but many people forget to say thank you or don’t say it with sincerity. Show gratitude often by making sure people know you appreciate them and their actions. Give encouragement to show you value your team’s contributions.
- Be considerate and discreet. Be mindful of your surroundings. If you work in an open workspace and need to make a phone call, make sure to control your own volume and respect your neighbors.
- Apologize. If you make a mistake, take responsibility and have a corrective action plan. Saying “I’m sorry” (without excuses) is courageous and proves your commitment to your colleagues and to your job.
- Participate constructively. Make sure your contribution in meetings are on topic and respectful. Avoid interrupting others and give others your full attention.
- Respond in a timely manner. Answer phone calls and emails promptly—this shows people you value their time. Ensure that information is communicated and shared openly as appropriate. Sharing information signals trust and confidence.
- Go the extra mile. Sometimes your team needs additional help to get the job done. Offer to pitch in and share the load. If a co-worker has helped you in the past, then returning the favor is a good way to show both your respect and gratitude.
- Be reliable. Follow through on your commitments and responsibilities. Keep your word. Make task lists or reminders if needed and avoid distractions that make it easy to lose sight of deadlines. You’ll earn your coworkers’ respect when they know they can count on you.
- Feedback is a gift. Praise much more often than you criticize. Share your expertise respectfully and be open to growth and learning. A collaborative workplace where everyone shares their ideas and offers creative solutions is one that thrives.
Learn more about the Professionalism Committee and check out UTMB’s newly revised Professionalism Charter at www.utmb.edu/professionalism.